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The EXTRA! Files

Features, May 01 2020

by Alana Baer, Ben Bienstock, Sarah Goldman, Tara Sharma, Ivy Scott, Wen Zhuang, Kion You, Leslie Benavides & Ella Spungen

Volume 40 of the College Hill Independent marks, strangely enough, our 30th anniversary. Thirty years of Metro reporting, 600 Weeks Reviewed, …

Consider the Lobster (Again)

Climate change puts RI lobsters in hot water

Metro, May 01 2020

by Peder Schaefer

Peter Brodeur was only a few miles away from his home on the Narrow River in Narragansett, a seaside community in …

Shelter from the Storm

Gov. Raimondo needs to open up hotels, dorms to people experiencing homelessness

Metro, Apr 09 2020

by Peder Schaefer

The front-page headline of the Providence Journal on April 4 proclaimed, in bold type: Raimondo: Stay home, or ‘more people will …

Race for Ward 1

The Independent's guide to the candidates

News, Mar 03 2020

by Peder Schaefer

Blue, yellow, and white campaign signs mark homes and businesses up and down Wickenden Street in the Fox Point Neighborhood of …

Two Rallies

News, Feb 14 2020

by Anchita Dasgupta & Peder Schaefer

University students organize against the rise of fascism in India As New Delhi witnessed Brazilian dictator Jair Bolsonaro, Chief Guest of …

The Cold Shoulder

A flawed system is endangering RI’s homeless

Metro, Dec 06 2019

by Deborah Marini, Loughlin Neuert & Peder Schaefer

When Harry lost his home in October, he went to one of Rhode Island’s largest emergency shelters: Crossroads Rhode Island. He …

Measuring the Small Animal of My Body

Weight loss in the era of Fitbits

Features, Nov 22 2019

by Dana Schneider

content warning: body image When I was in the third grade, everyone got pedometers from our teacher. They were small and …

Speaking Up

Negotiating Tulsi Gabbard’s place in the media landscape

News, Oct 25 2019

by Olympe Scherer

Some have never heard of presidential candidate US Representative Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI]. Others complain she’s making too much noise. In August, …

Clean Energy, Muddy Waters

Offshore windmills pose changes and challenges for fishermen

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Peder Schaefer

From a distance, the Block Island Wind Farm looks innocent. The blades spin in lazy circles, and at night, red lights …

Eat, Play, Sing

The Highlander Center and the practice of cultural organizing

Arts, Oct 04 2019

by Addy Schuetz

Woke up this morning with my mind, set on freedom Woke up this morning with my mind, set on freedom Woke …

Treading Water

Can the ProJo stay afloat in the Ocean State?

Metro, Sep 27 2019

by Ricardo Gomez & Peder Schaefer

Before ad revenue dried up, and before the financial crisis, and Facebook, and the smartphone, and Craigslist, the Providence Journal was …

Week in Video Giants

News, Apr 19 2019

by Alan Dean, Ricardo Gomez, Bilal Memon, Peder Schaefer & Aayushi Khowala

Stuck in the Tape Deck If the mediocre 2013 Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick The Last Stand had been released in 2004, …

There's Still Something in the Water

The Public Health Crisis of Providence's Lead Pipes

Metro, Mar 22 2019

by Peder Schaefer, Deborah Marini & Ricardo Gomez

The Providence Water headquarters in Lower South Providence is wedged between Mashapaug Pond—contaminated, still, from toxic waste emitted by the old …

From the Editors

FTE, Feb 14 2019

by BB & SC

There are two kinds of people on the Independent: the ones who still believe in Valentine’s Day and those who have …

All In

Rhode Island legalizes sports betting

Metro, Feb 08 2019

by Peder Schaefer, Deborah Marini & John Graves

Ronny first came to what is now Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, RI—then a race track called Lincoln Downs—when he was …

Artificial Sweeteners

Providence navigates urban development

Metro, Nov 16 2018

by Peder S. Schaefer

Last week the Ordinance Committee of the Providence City Council voted favorably on a bill that would increase the building height …

Impossible Justice

Interview with Liz Sly, Washington Post ... reporter on the Middle East

News, Oct 26 2018

by Ivy Scott

content warning: war, murder, sexual violence Liz Sly is the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Beirut, Lebanon, a position she has …

The Price of Freedom

One bill’s attempt to reform bail in the Rhode Island Judiciary

Metro, Oct 05 2018

by Ivy Scott

“No human being should be in jail because they don’t have $150,” said Michael DiLauro, Deputy Public Defender of the state …

S.T.D. Free?

An inquiry into safe sex among young Rhode Islanders and the state of sex ed in RI public schools

Metro, Sep 28 2018

by Ivy Scott

“If I drink Mountain Dew after having sex, will that prevent pregnancy or HIV?” a teenager earnestly asked in one of …

A Future at Any Cost

An interview with Brenda Clement

Metro, Feb 16 2018

by Ivy Scott

Brenda Clement is the director of HousingWorks RI, a research organization and think tank at Roger Williams University that explores housing …

Week in Kingdom Animalia

News, Feb 16 2018

by Ivy Scott & Will Weatherly

Birdbrains “It is the things we love most that destroy us,” wrote Suzanne Collins in the third book of the Hunger …

Week in Bad Role Models

News, Feb 09 2018

by Eve Zelickson, Ivy Scott & Harry August

Don’t Drink & Drone The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had until September 30, 2015 to establish comprehensive rules for the use …

Mi Puerto Rico

Features, Oct 06 2017

by Sebastián Otero, Soraya Ferdman, AnaSofía Velázquez & Ella Scholz

The Cuban writer and revolutionary José Martí coined the term= “patria es humanidad”––homeland is humanity. After Hurricane María hit my island, …

Know Your Earth

The Necessity of Earth Science Literacy: Two Perspectives

Science & Technology, Dec 04 2016

by Fatima Husain & Christopher Monschauer

In the weeks following the election, a few subjects have generated more interest than others, such as a purported Muslim registry …

Holding Ground

Defending a home in Palestine

Features, Nov 18 2016

by Max Schindler

When asked what her family will do if the army demolishes the village, Soraya, 16, hesitates: “We’ll go to Yatta,” she …

Culture Shock

A Short Timeline of Controversial Art

Arts, Apr 10 2015

by Max Genecov, Joshua Kurtz, Eli Pitegoff, Erin Prinz-Schwartz & Maya Sorabjee

To simply be offensive in one’s artistic practice is to engage in a hollow act of provocation. It is to be, …


A conversation with Providence Comic Consortium’s Walker Mettling

Interviews, Apr 03 2015

by Erin Prinz-Schwartz

Providence is a great city for certain things—coffee milk, noise music, gruesome bike vs. pothole accidents, and notably, indie comics and …

Looking In

Transparent Surveillance in Providence

Metro, Mar 06 2015

by Erin Prinz-Schwartz

I’ve taken this bus line hundreds of times; once a week to work, half an hour each way, and short trips …

The Great Beyond

Infinity and humanity in Interstellar

Arts, Dec 05 2014

by Erin Schwartz

When I was little, I was afraid of the woods and outer space. My still-forming suburban consciousness might have already known …

On Top of the Wave

Brad Troemel's athletic aesthetics

Arts, Oct 17 2014

by Erin Schwartz

Before coming onstage, artist Brad Troemel hits play on a YouTube music video. It’s a song called “Bewitched” by scenester electro-pop …

Subtweet Me Like You Used To, Buddy

A ranking of the Buddy Cianci twitters

Metro, Sep 26 2014

by Erin Schwartz

It’s been said that Twitter is the agora of the digital age. If that’s true, Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci’s Twitter …

Making Space

an Interview with Yellow Peril Gallery Owners Robert Stack and Vanphouthon Souvannasane

Interviews, Sep 12 2014

by Erin Schwartz

To get to Yellow Peril Gallery, you take the ninety-two bus west, passing through downtown Providence and Federal Hill. Get off …

The Next Frame

Occult, Feb 14 2014

by Arthur Schechter

The Italian renaissance got its name for a reason. Immense technological leaps and the consolidation of wealth and power resurrected archaic …

A Very Kanye Thanksgiving

Literary, Nov 25 2013

by Josh Schenkkan & Sam Rosen

Kourtney Kardashian was alternating between chugging from an imaginary bottle and flapping her wings frantically as her teammates shouted wrong answers. …


public art meets public space in Atlantic City

Arts, Nov 04 2013

by Erin Schwartz

IT'S THE SUMMER OF 2013, and I’m watching an ad for Jersey Shore tourism in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. That …

On the Outside

Homeless Advocacy in Providence

Metro, Oct 10 2013

by Erin Schwartz

I AM IN KENNEDY PLAZA on an evening in early October when I meet John Freitas. Gray-bearded, wearing a vacation t-shirt …

On Grand Theft Auto V

Arts, Oct 04 2013

by Josh Schenkkan

I. I’m ten years old, and I’m driving an SUV through the unnamed alleys of an unnamed industrial district. I can …


Science & Technology, Oct 03 2013

by Megan Hauptman, Lili Rosenkranz, Josh Schenkkan, John White & Emma Wohl

A few weeks ago, as we were dragging our fingers through the water and dangling our feet off the dock, a …

For Quicker Processing And Delivery

Telemarketing and the Decline of Print Media

Arts, Sep 13 2013

by Josh Schenkkan

Big Red, an ex-felon with “sinner” tattooed on his neck, is politely explaining to a woman from Louisiana that the American …

Pleasure Reading

Open Sesame, Read a Fucking Book

Arts, Apr 27 2013

by Emma Janaskie, Alex Ronan, Erica Schwiegershausen, Doreen St. Félix, Ellora Vilkin & Emma Wohl

Today, we decided we would stop. We took off our shoes, we did not go to work, we forgot about our …

Tainted Love

Literary, Mar 01 2013

by Josh Schenkkan

“We thought it was [odd] that she was in there with [Gucci Mane]. One time [producers] sent security to make sure …

The Big Hunt

News, Apr 26 2013

by Erica Schwiegershausen

Mortality is rough. In the throes of old age, rich men find themselves faced with a crippling paranoia: what if no …

Alberta's Black Gold

Tar Sands Prospects in Canada

Science & Technology, Mar 18 2013

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

There are places in Alberta, Canada, where dredged-up mud spans the horizon as far as the eye can see. Puddles of …

Optimize Your Valentine's Day

A Communication Guide

Arts & Culture, Feb 17 2013

by David Adler & Erica Schwiegershausen

You have champagne, chocolate, candles, and a copy of Casablanca. All the pieces are there, but now it’s go-time and your …

Debate Politics

Why you don't see the Green Party on TV

News, Nov 16 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

On Thursday, November 1, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped a surprise, last-minute endorsement of President Obama. The expression of support …

Walmart Has Sprung a Leak

Belated upheaval in the world's largest retail chain

News, Oct 26 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout

Walmart does not take union action lightly. It does a lot to warp its two-million-plus employees’ perception of their rights from …

Week in Review

News, Oct 05 2012

by Marcel Bertsch-Gout & Emily Gogolak

Mitt RomñeyOn the evening of September 29th, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on the Spanish-language channel Univision to discuss the …

Week in Review

News, Sep 21 2012

by Doreen St. Félix, Marcel Bertsch-Gout & Kate Van Brocklin

In Defense By Wednesday morning, a quiet had finally settled outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters on 125 South Clark St. …


can a robot do your job?

News, Apr 25 2012

by Erica Schwiegershausen

For years, people have casually worried, or, in some cases, agonized, about a time when robots will replace humans in the …

Week in Review

News, Apr 23 2012

by By Chris Cohen, Emily Gogolak & Erica Schwiegershausen

KICK IN THE ARSENICThe state legislature of Maryland acted last week to ban the use of arsenic-laced feed in poultry production. …

Week in Review

News, Apr 10 2012

by By Erica Schwiegershausen & Caroline Soussloff

STOP MAKING CENTSCanadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced last week that the Royal Canadian Mint will stop producing pennies this fall, …

Molecular Brainstorming

The Emerging Theory of Neutral Constructive Evolution

Science & Technology, Mar 06 2012

by Eli Scheer

When you think about evolution, perhaps Darwin’s finches come to mind—and along with them, the idea that adaptations propagate in a …

Changing the Channel

Online media and the future of the television industry

News, Feb 26 2012

by Erica Schwiegershausen

Two weeks ago, the Super Bowl was broadcast live online for the first time ever. With about 2.1 million viewers watching …

John D’Agata Challenges the Benefits of Fact-Checking

INDY BLOG, Feb 18 2012

by Erica Schwiegershausen

Earlier this month, Harper’s published an excerpt from John D’Agata’s latest book, The Lifespan of a Fact. The book traces the …

Week in Review

News, Feb 15 2012

by Caroline Soussloff, Alex Ronan & Erica Schwiegershausen

Bad Ro(bo)mance For a generation taught responsibility with Furbys and Tomagatchis, whose dating rituals are facilitated and structured by websites and …

Lil' Sophists

INDY BLOG, Feb 13 2012

by David Scofield

This one goes out to all you local sports fans. This weekend, the two hardest-hitting high school debate organizations in the …

The Greatest Spectacle in Gaming

MLG Providence 2011

Arts & Culture, Dec 08 2011

by David Scofield

The Major League Gaming National Championship is the premiere competition for video game players worldwide. This year Providence is hosting. From …

Pivotal Points

US foreign policy refocuses on the Asian-Pacific

News, Dec 08 2011

by Erica Schwiegershausen

Last June, President Barack Obama laid out plans for the beginning of the USdrawdown in Afghanistan, pledging to pull approximately a …

WEEK IN REVIEW 17 November 2011

News, Nov 28 2011

by Stoni Tomson, Alex Ronan & Seth Kleinschmidt

Fight back app Although today’s most popular smart phone app provides users with an arsenal of angry birds to battle apple-stealing …

Star Wars: Episode China

News, Nov 17 2011

by by Erica Schweigerhausen

Chinese citizens reveled in nationalistic pride last week after a pair of unmanned Chinese spacecraft successfully performed the country’s first “space-kiss”—the …

This Will End With A Fruit

Literary, Nov 03 2011

by by David Scofield

Petals are swarming in my mouth,I’m savoring an angry swarm of springI breathed today to blow against your thigh.There’s heat left …

WEEK IN REVIEW 27 October 2011

News, Nov 03 2011

by by Erica Schwiegershausen, Christina McCausland & Kate Welsh

BROOKLYN BUS SEGREGATION Bus segregation is back, and in Williamsburg of all places. Last week The New York World, a Columbia Journalism …

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

News, Oct 25 2011

by by Erica Schwiegershausen

Although it’s hard to remember the days before Google was a commonplace verb, Google, Inc. was first incorporated in 1998 with …


Literary, Sep 19 2011

by Scout Willis

The therapy should have started from the moment the cell splits. Shit only gets more riotous, people and parents more desirous, …

Arab Summer

News, Sep 19 2011

by David Adler, Kate Welsh & Erica Schwiegershausen

Lowdown on Libya Libya spent more than 40 years under the erratic rule of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi before apro-democracy revolt pushed …

Week In Review

News, Sep 19 2011

by David Adler, Erica Schwiegershausen & Kate Welsh

What Are You Hungary For? Is it possible for bureaucracy to be sexy? The country of Hungary seems to think so. …

Week in Review

News, Apr 21 2011

by David Adler, Mimi Dwyer & Erica Schwiegershausen

4/20 Update Detroit is a decrepit city—its former industry in dark shambles, its slums rife with poverty. But don’t worry! Gubernatorial …

Family Planning & the Federal Budget Impasse

News, Apr 09 2011

by Erin Schikowski

As the Independent went to press, legislators on Capitol Hill were still struggling to agree on a budget for the remainder …

Week in Review

News, Apr 09 2011

by Belle Cushing, Mimi Dwyer & Erica Schwiegershausen

Facebook Squahes "Third Palestinian Intifada" After receiving numerous complaints and appeals, including a request from the Anti-Defamation League—a US-based Jewish advocacy …

Midwestern Mayhem

madison fights for the right to unionize

News, Mar 10 2011

by Erica Schwiegershausen

"It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison,” remarked Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, describing the widespread protests in Wisconsin’s capital following Governor …

Unrest Spreads in Ivory Coast

News, Mar 06 2011

by Erica Schwiegershausen

The three-month political stalemate in Ivory Coast has seen a surge in violence in recent weeks, raising concerns that civil war …


News, Feb 25 2011

by Malcolm Burnley, Emily Gogolak & Erica Schwiegershausen

SO LONG MR. PRESIDENT?The Arab world was dealt yet another shock on Sunday, when Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan, announced his …

Week in Review 11/11/10

obamania in Bollywood, FDA scare tactics, and cross-dressing kindergarteners

by Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Eli Schmitt & George A. Warner

Obama Goes to India On the heels of an election season defined by national mood and presidential inability to connect, Obama’s …

The Teachers Are Back!

Metro, Sep 10 2010

by Erin Schikowski

Central Falls High School (CFHS) was the source of considerable media attention last February when Superintendent Frances Gallo announced that every …

Force of Habit

Opinions, Apr 08 2010

by Eli Schmitt

On June 22, 2010, Americans will no longer be able to get free samples of cigarettes, procure promotional gear with tobacco …

The Case Of The Desaparecidos

Features, Mar 04 2010

by Francesca Barber

Sons of bitches! Liars! Tell them the truth!” one of the 184 victims cries from behind the glass pane as she …

Romance is boring

Opinions, Feb 11 2010

by Eli Schmitt

Romantic love, the guest we hope to welcome in on Valentine’s Day, is appealing in concept. Ostensibly, love is hard to …

Not Free Love

Features, Nov 05 2009

by Erin Schikowski

Sandwiched between J. Walter Wilson and the Pembroke Walkway, Walter Hall recalls another period of the university’s history. The building is …

One More For the Rhode

highest rate of drug-use, lowest of needs-meeting treatment

Metro, Oct 29 2009

by Erin Schikowski

In May, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) published a study on drug use across the states. Based …

Translation Versus Innovation

science research should do both


by Eli Scheer

Flip through last week’s Nature and you’ll noticeinteresting studies in a boring pattern. It’s either acool new idea without immediate utility …

A Local Celebration of Sustainability

Metro, Oct 05 2009

by Erin Schikowski

Imagine it: Rhode Island as the first completely sustainable state in thecountry. Businesses, individuals, families, and communities would useresources no faster …

Defunct Amusement Parks in Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 18 2009

by Erin Schikowski

So they never boasted any Top Thrill Dragsters or Kingda Kas, but still there is a certain aura of quaint charm …


Science, Feb 05 2009

by Erin Schikowski

So you've woken up 'in bits,' as they say, and it's just not one of those hangovers you can pretend to …


Science, Nov 13 2008

by Erin Schikowski

Ever wondered whether you're related to the Biblical figure Aaron? (I mean, who hasn't?) With improvements in modern technology, the company …


Sports, Nov 06 2008

by Caroline Vescey

If you want to keep your friends, do not talk about this aspect of your life.You will need to run somewhere …


Science, Sep 25 2008

by Erin Schikowski

Brown University Professor Dov Sax discovered, in his most recent research, that there are now more naturalized plant species in New …


Science, Sep 18 2008

by Erin Schikowski

The psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi first named it the "flow state" in the 1990s, but we lay folk would more likely call …

The Vagina Dialogue

Take off that underwear

Opinions, Mar 17 2005

by Christi Laquer & Scott Kolp

Eve Ensler says she is worried about the vagina. So are we. To paraphrase Eve Ensler's introduction to her acclaimed theatrical …