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Bert Crenca talks nooses, nuclear meltdowns, and 'Building AS220'

Our initial plan for interviewing AS220 co-founder and artistic director Bert Crenca involved a third participant: longtime Providence Journal arts writer Channing Gray.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 24, 2014


Farewell, pot bust photos

Local Media
It’s time to retire the marijuana bust photograph.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 20, 2014


Let's work together

Coworking spaces are on the rise in Rhode Island
We’re talking about those 21st-century gathering zones where people pay for access to shelter, a desk, climate control, coffee, wifi, and the general feeling they’re participating in a profound shift in the way we think about work.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 12, 2014


Pols, farmers, and worm ladies at RI's Compost Con

Back To The Earth
“It’s not scrap, it’s a goldmine,” says Katherine Brown of the potato peels, coffee grounds, moldy bread, and other gross stuff we routinely shovel into the trash.
By: TIM LEHNERT  |  March 12, 2014


At Brown, stepping through screens into unknown worlds

The Festival Circuit
Do you know who you’re watching when you sit in front of a TV or movie screen?
By: REZA CLIFTON  |  March 12, 2014


The sky isn't falling

Countering the ProJo's anti-pot editorial
In a March 2 editorial titled “Get off pot,” members of the Providence Journal’s editorial board called the idea of legalizing pot “explosively contentious.”
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  March 12, 2014


Brown at 250

The university by the numbers: stats, trivia, and fun facts
Brown University is not celebrating its 250th birthday quietly.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 06, 2014


Discussing fatal overdoses with RI's top doc

Public Health
Dr. Michael Fine gave Rhode Island a “B-” in his first-ever “State of the State’s Health” address at the State House on February 26.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 05, 2014


3 contests you should know about

"And The Winner Is . . ." Dept.
The bad news is that you’ve already missed your chance to submit an entry to the Providence Community Library’s “Dear Diorama” contest.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  March 05, 2014


Our home sweet home

Richard and Sharon Jenkins on Trinity Rep, living in Rhode Island, and teaming up on 'Oliver!'
Richard Jenkins has an absurdly impressive resume.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 26, 2014


The (rising) Ocean State sounds an online alarm

Climate Change Dept.
As he takes the podium before an audience of about 50 students, environmentalists, and reporters, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse points out superstar oceanographer and archeologist Bob Ballard.
By: STEVE AHLQUIST  |  February 26, 2014


Katy Perry, tighty-whities, and fine art from Ocean State Job Lot

Grants & Galleries
Our conversation ranged from Jesus to Photoshop to student debt to social media to her fascination with beards
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 26, 2014


Clay Pell's Winter Olympics

Can the neophyte pol surpass Taveras and Raimondo in the Dems' primary race?
Clay Pell is just a regular 32-year-old Rhode Island guy.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 23, 2014


Walk in our shoes — for three miles!

Op-Ed Dept.
In order to access our schools, students first need to be able to get to school, and for thousands of Providence high school students, this basic access is difficult to obtain.
By: PROVIDENCE STUDENT UNION  |  February 19, 2014


9 Yards: An experimental approach to prison reform

Incarceration Nation
There are 15 participants in the first-ever 9 Yards program. Eight of them have a history of addiction involving cocaine, crack, heroin, or alcohol. Zero of them have high school diplomas, though 11 have obtained a GED.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 20, 2014


Rise of the e-currencies

How bitcoins and their ilk could save — or destroy — the world
Plus: Is Rhode Island ready for Bitcoin? Two perspectives
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2014


Real talk, 'radical love,' and plugged-in black consciousness

Black History Month
It took an extraordinary amount of time at the beginning of our recent interview with Reza C. Clifton to catalogue everything that she’s doing.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 12, 2014


Obama's smoke screen

All talk, no action on marijuana reform
I wish I had a dollar for every person I know who gets super excited about something President Obama says.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 13, 2014


Words of love

(a journalistic box of chocolates)
It would be tough to find a single company responsible for everything wrong with modern-day American Valentine’s Day. But your neighborhood CVS is a good place to start.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 06, 2014


A radical take on Black History Month

Activist Education
“Perhaps some of you will recall the Kenyan proverb that says, ‘Until the lion writes his or her own history, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.’ ”
By: PHILIP EIL  |  February 06, 2014


An empty lot stirs hope and anger in Olneyville

Providence's "Second Downtown"
Imagine for a moment that you’re traveling west on Westminster Street in Providence, under the Route 6 overpass, and into Olneyville Square.
By: LIZ LEE  |  February 05, 2014

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