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Can a guitar save the whales?

Six-string activism
Just as whales travel in groups called “pods,” Jen Long gathered a pod of creative colleagues to help create the Whale Guitar.
By: NANCY KIRSCH  |  April 16, 2014


Is Alex and Ani University a university?

Rhode Island’s loudest jewelry company, Alex and Ani, was recently featured in an intriguing newspaper article.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 09, 2014


Guns, taxes, and a few things we all might agree on

The Political Scene
Tuesday, April 15 is Tax Day.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 10, 2014


Meet Franny Choi, your new favorite poet

From a catcall to the mantis shrimp.
By: PHILIP EIL  |  April 03, 2014


A chance to change your idea of Olneyville

Providence's "Second Downtown"
Altering public perceptions is part of what “Community in Focus: Photographs and Stories of Olneyville” is about.
By: LIZ LEE  |  April 02, 2014


In Olneyville: Bright lights, blood, and bag lunches

Contact Sports
The wrestling fans are chanting.
By: MATTHEW LAWRENCE  |  March 26, 2014


An event unpacks the 'black vote' in Providence

The Political Scene
It’s an election year in Rhode Island, aka that time every few years when newsmakers try to address race relations through questions like, “Where is the Latino vote swinging?” and “How will she/he win over black voters?”
By: REZA CLIFTON  |  March 26, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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