MNN week in review montage

 

Zooey Deschanel (above) of "New Girl" is just one of a hoard of celebrities we interviewed this week to kick off the fall TV season. (And of course we asked them about their green habits!) Catch up on the latest shows and much more. 

 

• Let's take a virtual trip to Reno, Nev., where you can go for a great hike and still get a splash of Vegas.

 

• While we're in travel-mode, let's go further afield to Pluto and the region beyond this dwarf planet. 

 

Dylan Mahalingam• The young man pictured at left is Dylan Mahalingam, who at the ripe age of 9 co-founded a nonprofit youth empowerment organization that mobilizes young people to help solve global problems. He's just one of eight amazing kids we featured this week. (You'll be impressed, we promise.)

 

• This week's book roundup offers a wide-ranging history lesson — from our relationship with water to America's most top-secret military base, Area 51.

 

• In about two weeks, there's a good chance you may get dinged by some annoying bank fees. Here's what you can do to avoid them.

 

• It's [skipwords]hurricane[/skipwords] season, which means it's time to dust off the family emergency plan. (You do have an emergency plan, right?) Pet expert Morieka Johnson offers 10 smart steps to take that include the family pets.

 

• Meanwhile, these pets have different concerns — like how to manage a fortune. From Leana Helmsley's Trouble to Michael Jackson's Bubbles, these pets need a financial planner. 

 

• While we're thinking big, here are five cool jobs we wish we had — from specialty cook to green entrepreneur.

 

• Finally, MNN blogger Chris Turner points out the white elephant in the room when it comes to urban biking: Why is it that no one ever mentions the cars?

 

Plus: Don't forget to check out the week in photos, including this dazzling Sept. 11 skyline below.

 

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