Subtweet Me Like You Used To, Buddy - It’s been said that Twitter is the agora of the digital age. If that’s true, Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci’s Twitter is an agora full of people dressed up as him making jokes about his marinara sauce. Twice-elected mayor, Cianci uncovered...
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Miniature Food Bloom -   The backlash has been brewing for years. Disappearing are the 16 oz. porterhouses bathed in gravy served with a mound of mashed potatoes. The massive portions packing thousands of calories that have laid waste to the waistlines of millions of...
Dope Beats -   “Oh you mean the thing with the moon bounce?” said every friend I tried to convince to come with me to the “Cannabis Caucus,” presented by Regulate Rhode Island, a statewide coalition of organizations and Rhode Islanders working to legalize,...
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Side with the Seed -   “Is this a strictly bandmate relationship, or do you ever have to say, ‘don’t make me pull this tour bus over?’” Stephen Colbert asks Jeff Tweedy in an interview with the Wilco frontman and his teenage son, Spencer, on Monday...
Major League Literature - The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (2011) Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding is about baseball in the way Good Will Hunting is about math: it’s more of a setting than a subject. Henry Skrimshander, the protagonist, is a shortstop...
Like a Whisper - In late July I saw James Diossa, the 20-something mayor of Central Falls, shaking hands with supporters of state representative candidate Shelby Maldonado at her fundraiser. I was there as an intern for UNITE HERE, where Maldonado was also employed. Angel...
A Part of Me -   Dylan Baldi shrugs and strums a couple quick chords on his Gibson. His mustache rolls back and forth over a smile as he mumbles. Between his entropic mane, thickly forested jowls, and horn-rimmed glasses, his fuzzed-out face gives no other...
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The Unlikely Victory of Smithfield Workers

by Will Fesperman
It took three campaigns and over 14 years for workers at the largest hog slaughterhouse in the world to form a union. The 2008 labor victory at the Smithfield Foods, Inc. plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina—a region where unions have long struggled—was perhaps the most improbable in recent US history. Now, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local 1208...
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by Zeve Sanderson & Eli Pitegoff
TITANS OF INDUSTRY You know the image: Leonardo DiCaprio standing at the bow of the ill-fated Titanic, arms spread wide-open, yelling into the wind, “I’m the king of the world!” Last Saturday, the actor came one step closer to fulfilling his prophetic proclamation, as United Nations Ban Ki-moon appointed him an official UN Messenger of Peace (UN-MOP) with a special focus...
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Considering New York’s record setting climate rally

by Malcolm Drenttel & Lance Gloss
By the light of dawn on Sunday, policemen could be seen erecting temporary fences along the streets of Manhattan. Visitors from across the US and the globe were already lining up along Central Park West, many of them for the first time. The People’s Climate March, to coincide with the 2014 UN Climate Summit, would soon be underway. In stark contrast...
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by Ben Ross
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by Stephanie Hayes
“Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. And when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces, where will we turn for the sound of fingers striking QWERTY keypads?” - Brendan Chilcutt, creator and curator of the Museum of Endangered Sounds In 2012, Brendan Chilcutt launched the Museum of...
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by Connor McGuigan
The Australian shark cull and the plight of apex predators “As long as Homo sapiens has been sapient... alpha predators have kept us acutely aware of our membership within the natural world. They’ve done it by reminding us that to them we’re just another flavor of meat.” David Quammen, “Monster of God” In Western Australia, along a stretch of coastline about...
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by Layla Ehsan, Sara Khan & Pierie Korostoff
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The sounds of the digital archive

by Patrick McMenamin
  How can a body connect with the Internet? Think of how each sense would conceive of the Internet. It’s harder than you would initially imagine. The Internet inevitably gets figured in terms of smoothness, integration, unfettered connectivity. Think of graphic representations of floating green text webs or a boundlessly unmediated everything-store. Sense requires something to hold onto, a fault line in the...
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by Greg Nissan
Bill Deresiewicz can see your criticism from across the auditorium. What else would you expect from someone who leveled a pubic critique at some of America’s most lauded institutions in his New Republic essay, “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League,” excerpted from Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. Deresiewicz gave a...
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Queer sights, sounds, and spaces in the Creative Capital

by Cherise Morris
On the morning of August 1, 2013, dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” across the state of Rhode Island. Since becoming the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage, RI has been inducted into a cadre of progressive and “tolerant” states in a nation in which the fundamental right to openly love and be loved is still contested. In the past decade,...
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