Author - Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate. In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

Monday Morning Mental Mix February 10, 2020

DIGITAL AUTHORITARIANISM: FINDING OUR WAY OUT OF THE DARKNESS–While democrats once believed that innovations in information and communications technology and data analysis would promote more open societies, the actual effects of these tools have been mixed. Authoritarians are using technology to deepen their grip internally, spread...

Monday Morning Mental Mix February 3, 2020

What Will the World Look Like in 2030?–When people imagine the future, they tend to assume that most things will stay the same, or that the trends of the recent past will continue in a linear fashion. But the world today looks very different than people expected it to look in 2010. And one thing that is virtually certain about this...

Monday Morning Mental Mix January 27, 2020

Selective Hearing–Last August, one of the country’s most successful podcasts was accused of multiple incidents of plagiarism. Called Crime Junkie, the weekly show has used what seems to be an irresistible formula to rocket to number-one status in numerous rankings: In each episode, cohosts Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat give an...

Monday Morning Mental Mix January 13, 2020

The Equality Conundrum–The complexities of egalitarianism are especially frustrating because inequalities are so easy to grasp. C.E.O.s, on average, make almost three hundred times what their employees make; billionaire donors shape our politics; automation favors owners over workers; urban economies grow while rural areas...

Photos from London, June 2019

London was a very late addition to my travel plans after my job in Istanbul fell through, so the plans weren’t as developed as I would have liked, but the experience was excellent. After the solitude of Iceland, the crowds were a change of pace, but five shows in five nights, incredible museums, and food from all over the world...

Photos from South Iceland, June 2019

I decided to skip some of the big attractions on the South Coast this time, as the weather was pretty dreary and the crowds were large, but I’ll always enjoy the most-traveled part of Iceland and finally had a decent puffin sighting or two this time.

Photos from North Iceland, June 2019

While the north of Iceland was a bit forbidding when I visited it in March a few years ago, it was absolutely lovely in June this past summer. Featuring Iceland’s second city, Akureyri, Martian landscapes, and two of the best waterfalls you’ll ever see, it’s certainly a place you’ll want to spend time exploring.

Photos from the Westfjords of Iceland, June 2019

I visited the Westfjords on an earlier trip to Iceland but hadn’t made it to this little corner in the southeast corner of the region. Most of these photos were taken in the little town of Djúpavík and in and around its abandoned herring factory. It was a long, but incredibly scenic drive on a narrow gravel road to get there and I...

Photos from East Iceland June 2019

In my previous trips to Iceland, I had never made it to the easternmost part of the island, but finally got there this time. From a lovely stay in Seyðisfjörður to some of the most rugged cliffs and isolated beaches in the country, the east was never a disappointment.