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Strike While the Iron is Hot

The Oklahoma Education Association and the fight for a livable wage

News, Apr 06 2018

by Kion You

On Monday, April 2, an estimated 30,000 Oklahoma public school teachers converged on the Oklahoma Capitol, coinciding with a walkout that …

Week in Messy Politics

News, Mar 23 2018

by Julia Rock, Julia Petrini & Will Weatherly

Revolutionary Criminals People who work for the government in Rhode Island aren’t the best at playing by the rules. In the …

Summer After Moonlight

On why we are glad Call Me By Your Name didn’t win Best Picture

Features, Mar 15 2018

by Ruby Aiyo Gerber, Paula Pacheco Soto & Emma Lloyd

Queer films represent a break from mainstream cinema, which is usually intent on depicting heterosexual romance. In the past few years, …

Banking on Change

Ending pipeline financing through public pressure

Metro, Mar 15 2018

by Sara Van Horn

Last Thursday, the FANG Collective and the Shame on Citizens campaign celebrated a victory after learning that Citizens Bank had ended …

Bodies of the Water

The Bogotá River and Tequendama Falls

Arts, Mar 09 2018

by Maria Camila Arbelaez Solano

Pollution Two great floods are burned into my memories of those days. Memory, for a child immigrant, often feels like a …

Chismeando con Ruben

A Conversation with Queer Xicano Chisme

Features, Mar 02 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

In English, the word chisme translates to gossip. Chisme is a cultural practice in Latin American and diaspora communities, an implicit …

Untitled Poem About Nazbol

Literary, Feb 09 2018

by Nikita Sungatov & translated from Russian by Signe Swanson

*** yekaterina volkova: singer, actress, former lover of eduard limonov back in his day he dedicated many poems to her they …

Day Zero

What happens when the taps run dry?

News, Feb 09 2018

by Chris Packs

Last week, in the Cape Town suburb of Newlands, a fight broke out on a typically quiet cul-de-sac. The instigator, who …

A Different Shade of Blue

Inside the ‘big tent’ of Rhode Island's Democratic Party

Metro, Feb 02 2018

by Harry August

In Rhode Island, the label of “Democrat” doesn’t mean all that much. Despite its reputation for being as blue as the …

Civil Death

RI statute removes civil rights from incarcerated people with life sentences

Metro, Dec 01 2017

by Alicia Mies

In his cell at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Richard Paiva has slept without winter clothing and in unsanitary living …

A Winding Path

Metro, Nov 17 2017

by Harry August

Providence is a divided city. Physical barriers—both natural, such as the Providence River, and manmade, like the I-95 highway system—work to …

The Politics of Fragmentation

Mobilizing for secularism in sectarian Lebanon

News, Nov 10 2017

by Isabel DeBre

On November 4, Saad Hariri resigned as Prime Minister of Lebanon, shocking the country. “I sensed what’s being woven in secret …

Outcomes

Occult, Nov 10 2017

by Lena Nygren

I am thinking of you every day. I love you. Do you remember when we planted a red gumball in the …

Call Against Arms

A new RI law restricts gun ownership for domestic abusers

Metro, Nov 10 2017

by Jack Brook

content warning: suicide, murder, infanticide In 2013, a Providence woman, fearing for her life, applied for a final protective order against …

Pissed Pants Academy

Literary, Nov 03 2017

by Liby Hays

It was the day I met Paula Abdul on an airplane, and she was very beautiful, very glamorous, and she was …

Chronicle of a Fraud Foretold

The dilemmas and pitfalls of voting in Venezuela’s rigged elections

News, Nov 03 2017

by Oriana van Praag

"You have a house, and you know there are thieves around. If the thieves are going to break into your house, …

Eat Up

Thoughts on the body horror of Raw

Body, Nov 03 2017

by Audrey Chisholm

content warning: gore, eating disorder Before it hit the US, Julia Ducournau’s debut film Raw generated early buzz for its allegedly …

Bringing It Home

Rosa Parks’ house for public history and political action

Metro, Nov 03 2017

by Kerrick Edwards & Erin West

content warning: racism, police violence This coming March, Providence will become a home for a memorial to one of the most …

Princesses in a Magic Castle

The Florida Project's recasting of representation

Arts, Oct 27 2017

by Kelton Ellis

A quick survey of United States media discourse from the past two years makes it look like one crucial demographic holds …

Week in Purgatory

News, Oct 27 2017

by Paige Parsons, Isabelle Rea & Nora Gosselin

Last Boarding Call to Hell The airline industry seems sinister in its everyday workings, occupying our heavenly realm with 6000 fuel-burning, …

Sound and then Fury

The azaan in the Islamophobic West

Features, Oct 20 2017

by Sheena Raza Faisal

In a video posted on Twitter on September 13, White Woman A stares wide-eyed into her selfie-cam. The azaan plays loudly …

Emerging Borders

Independence struggles in Kurdistan and Catalonia

News, Oct 20 2017

by Neidin Hernandez

In the weeks leading up to the October 1 Catalonian vote on the region’s independence, tens of thousands of people flooded …

What a Mess!

On the stakes of the personal essay

Arts, Oct 06 2017

by Lisa Borst

GAITSKILL The personal essay, according to some, is in a tough spot. Last spring, Jia Tolentino wrote in the New Yorker …

To Melt

The politics of soft steel

Arts, Sep 29 2017

by Odette Blaisdell

Steel is about leaning on an edge. Whether bending, shaping, cutting, or welding, I must always wait for the metal to …

Week in Bad Progress

News, Sep 29 2017

by Mara Dolan, Julia Rock & Mariela Pichardo

Chronicles of Nambia It was a busy week of making peace, making deals, and making enemies. With a flourish of a …

Spreading Sanctuary

Queer refugees and the LGBTQ+ asylum process

News, Sep 22 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

content warning: anti-queer and trans violence, torture. There is no clear sense of when the raids began. Human Rights Watch suggests …

The Storm on the Ground

Local and national reporting on Hurricane Harvey

News, Sep 15 2017

by Isabel DeBre & Chris Packs

Before Hurricane Harvey hit on August 25, panic descended on the Texas coast. “There was a really nasty rumor going around …

A Spellbound Semester

Race and identity as a Brown girl at a Black college

Features, Apr 21 2017

by Kali Ridley

The professor of my Survey of African-American Music course faced the wall and played the saxophone for the first 10 minutes …

Shakespeare (In the City)

How theater is bringing Providence schools together

Metro, Apr 21 2017

by Kion You

In 2008, Martha Douglas-Osmundson and her 14-year-old daughter traveled to London, excited to immerse themselves in London’s theater scene. They watched …

Week in the Munchies

News, Apr 21 2017

by Zack Kligler, Julia Tompkins, Jamie & Chris Packs

KIDDIE MEAL It was 7PM, supper had come and gone, and our hero’s tummy had the rumblies, the phantom taste—his favorite …

Etymology for Catastrophe

Literary, Apr 14 2017

by Kelton Ellis

Amid early springtime’s hesitant snowmelt a planet rearranges into loving explosions, confessing no objective but to glower, then to fade. Sprained …

When Will the Sentence End?

A call to end public housing discrimination in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 14 2017

by Sophie Kupetz

Edwin Rivera is an active member of Behind the Walls, Providence grassroots organization Direct Action for Rights and Equality’s (DARE) prison …

Beneath the Surface

Imagining a future for the unclaimed dead on Hart Island

Occult, Apr 14 2017

by Dolma Ombadykow

content warning: state violence On March 31, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio backed a ten year plan to close …

A Crowded Field

The upcoming Iranian election

News, Apr 13 2017

by Golnoosh Asghari

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested Ali Ahmadnia and Ali Heydar Valizadeh in mid-March. The two managed channels on Telegram, …

Beneath Your Bootsoles

Feeling backward at New York City's AIDS Memorial

Arts, Apr 07 2017

by Lisa Borst

content warning: queerphobia Under the pavement at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 12th Street in Manhattan’s West Village, leading to …

Chemtrails Over the State House

Objectivity and conspiracy in environmentalist discourses

Science & Technology, Apr 07 2017

by Chris Packs

“Rhode Island is a sovereign republic within the United States of America, they can’t just spray stuff in the sky over …

Farm to Bargaining Table

The farmworker fight against exploitation by fast food

Features, Apr 07 2017

by Mitchell Johnson & Erin West

“Wendy’s, escucha la voz del pueblo porque nosotros somos el pueblo y nosotros demandamos justicia,” farmworker Lupe Gonzalo announced to a …

Las Niñas de Guatemala

State crime, femicide, and a blaze at a children’s home

News, Mar 24 2017

by Camila Ruiz Segovia

Quiero, a la sombra de un ala, contar este cuento en flor: la niña de Guatemala, la que se murió de …

Sunken Places

The embodied horror of Get Out

Arts, Mar 17 2017

by Marianne Verrone

content warning: anti-Blackness, misogynoir “I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be …

Root Therapy

A conversation with Dr. Mindy Fullilove on restoring emotional ecosystems

Interviews, Mar 17 2017

by Lance Gloss

Mindy Fullilove is a psychiatrist, researcher, and Professor of Urban Policy of Health currently teaching at the New School. Dr. Fullilove …

How I Never Became an Internet Rapper

Arts, Mar 10 2017

by CJ Park

The frontier is an important kind of -topia for the Western imaginary. Media theorist Lev Manovich looked at computer games from …

Quarters

(Excerpt from “On Currency”)

Literary, Mar 03 2017

by Stella Akua Mensah

Oftentimes, people tell women not to wander off. When we are small, they mean to stay in the yard, and now …

Bedside Theater

Emma Sulkowicz and the politics of healing

Arts, Mar 03 2017

by Becca Hansen

At the Healing Touch Integral Wellness Center in Philadelphia, visitors come prepared to discuss their relationships, insecurities, deepest anxieties, and whatever …

Week in Animal Disasters

News, Mar 03 2017

by Signe Swanson, Jack Brook & Sam Samore

NUCLEAR MELTDOWN IS (NOT) A BOAR It’s safe to say that the weather has been wrong these days on planet Earth. …

Caring for the Degenerating Brain

Barriers to addressing Alzheimer’s disease in Rhode Island

Science & Technology, Feb 17 2017

by Liz Cory & Anna Xu

In 1994, former president Ronald Reagan was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory and language impairments that …

Said and Saying

A conversation with poet Ariana Reines

Interviews, Feb 10 2017

by Patrick McMenamin

When I reach Ariana Reines on the phone, the first thing she asks me is where I’m calling from. It’s a …

Week in Superlikes

News, Feb 10 2017

by Sam Samore & Will Weatherly

FIRST DATE IN A DUNKIN’ DONUTS America loves an underdog. The New England Patriots are not an underdog. But Providence, RI …

Finding Refuge

A new model delivers healthcare and perhaps more

Metro, Feb 03 2017

by Saanya Jain

Omar Bah ran through the Gambian night. Echoes of soldiers shouting and dogs barking came from every direction. The memory of …

Electronic Disturbance at the Border

The aestheticization of immigrant rights

Arts, Feb 03 2017

by Joshua Kurtz

Last week, President Trump signed several executive orders that significantly expanded the authority of immigrations officers, banned Muslim immigrants and refugees …

Week in Interpretive Resistance

News, Feb 03 2017

by Sam Samore, Pia Mileaf-Patel & Jamie Packs

PUNCH A NAZI, TAZE A COP? There may be many occasions in the coming four years where it seems fitting to …

A Springsteen Fan's Daughter

Arts, Dec 02 2016

by Saanya Jain

When I was 14 years old, my father sat down on the piano bench with me and placed some sheet music …

Week in Apologies

News, Dec 02 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow, Will Weatherly, Zack Kligler, Liz Cory & Shane Potts

PUN-DER ROAD Bruce’s steed had never failed him before. Springsteen trusted the motorcycle, built for him piece by piece by his …

Rooms For Fear

Imagining art after Trump

Arts, Nov 18 2016

by Will Tavlin

In her essay “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” Toni Morrison recalls in the Nation a moment after President …

Week in Minor Democratic Victories

News, Nov 18 2016

by Kelton Ellis, Andrew Deck & Jane Argodale

Heck Yeah Harris To temper your cynicism, if only just a little: last week, amid the presidential election’s literal upset, Kamala …

A Distance From The Moon

Coded empathy in Moonlight and American Honey

Arts, Nov 11 2016

by Will Weatherly

Early in the film Moonlight, released this past week, a young boy named Chiron asks his mentor Juan how he can …

An Interview With Governor Gina Raimondo

On her politics and priorities, past and present

Metro, Nov 11 2016

by Katrina Northrop

Under the vaulted ceilings of her office in the Rhode Island State House, Governor Gina Raimondo lays out her political priorities …

Week in Election Prep

News, Nov 04 2016

by Hannah Maier-Katkin, Jack Brook & Eve Zelickson

DUMB-SHINE STATE If there is anything we’ve learned to expect from a presidential election year, it is that Florida will inevitably …

Can't Serve Prestige

Harvard University Dining Services on strike

News, Oct 28 2016

by Lisa Borst & Will Tavlin

On Saturday, October 22, a middle-aged man stood in the rain on the corner of John F. Kennedy Street and Memorial …

Week In Alt-Right

News, Oct 28 2016

by Sam Samore, Jack Brook, Emma Phillips & Malcolm Drenttel

@JESUS An effective way to schematize nascent changes in conservatism in the United States, namely what one might call the transition …

Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Colombia's would-be peace deal

News, Oct 21 2016

by Nicolas Montaño

On September 26, media attention shifted to the city of Cartagena on Colombia’s Atlantic coast. There, 15 heads of state, along …

Week in Creeps

News, Oct 21 2016

by Will Tavlin, Liz Cory, Dominique Pariso & Eve Zelickson

FRIGHT NIGHT Children of the night and survivors of the early aughts emo phase, take heart. Instead of sitting on your …

The Pleasure Is Yours

A Pawtucket nonprofit’s sex-positive revolution

Metabolics, Oct 07 2016

by Julia Horwitz

“I wish I could just refer people to sex workers,” Kira Manser explains, bursting into the room; green hair, flannel pushed …

Week in Extreme Sports

News, Oct 07 2016

by Shane Potts & Raina Wellman

LIZARD LIPS First the Jesus Christ lizard runs on water, now this? The lizards are taking over y’all. In the most …

The Horchata Man

Literary, Sep 30 2016

by Micaela Burgess

My papa lived to bring happiness with his horchata. Everyday he made barrels of it to serve to his family and …

Dear Indy...

Ephemera, Sep 30 2016

by Will Tavlin

I want a baby. Should I get a dog? I don’t enjoy the company of children, and they don’t enjoy my …

Autobiography of Writing

Literary, Sep 23 2016

by Lisa Lee

I would like to talk to you about writing. I'm a writer, even though I don't write much, but since I'm …

Food Desk

Notes on Providence Eateries

Metabolics, Sep 23 2016

by Patrick McMenamin, Sam Samore & Will Tavlin

In Ferno (S Water St.) This hot spot burns. Providence and Italiano go together like an apple and knowledge. That people …

Week in Bad Public Relations

News, Sep 16 2016

by Jane Argodale, Camila Ruiz Segovia & Liz Cory

DOUBLE DOUBLE TWITTER TROUBLE When considering whether or not to take a day off of school or work, most of us …

Advice

Features, Apr 29 2016

by M+P

How do I prepare for the real world? M: I recommend that you buy organic shampoo. We’re beginning to find that …

A Gift of God

Mother Teresa's Canonization and Her Complicated Legacy

News, Apr 08 2016

by Jane Argodale

In December, Pope Francis approved a second miracle attributed to the Albanian-born nun Mother Teresa. A Brazilian man claimed that in …

Notes on Mom Books

Elena Ferrante's Visual Aesthetics

Arts, Feb 19 2016

by Lisa Borst

When I was in high school, I worked in a small bookstore in Virginia. I mostly helped out, shelving books and …

Something's in the Water

Lead Poisoning in Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 12 2016

by Rick Salamé

Several men huddled around a fire hydrant late on a recent winter night. They were workers with Providence Water, a state-regulated …

Off Target Ethics

Drone Warfare and Its Legitimation

News, Nov 13 2015

by Wilson Cusack, Dominique Pariso & Francis Torres

On October 15, news outlet The Intercept released four classified documents that detail the Obama administration’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles …

Cartooning's Double Face

Oppression and Liberation in the Cartoon World

Arts, Feb 06 2015

by Athena Washburn

“Few things can hurt you more directly than a caricature of yourself, of a group you belong to, or—perhaps worst—of a …