Friday, September 19, 2014

nprhereandnow:

Jordan Bridges, 26, is a coal miner in Logan County, in the heart of West Virginia’s southern coal mines and the mountainous green landscape of Appalachia. He talks about his life and the issues that are important to him, alongside his 21-year-old wife Erica and their two-year-old daughter Gracie.

West Virginia is the second-largest coal producer in the U.S., after Wyoming; 95 percent of the electricity generated in West Virginia last year came from coal-fired electric power plants. While driving to Logan County, we saw billowing smoke stacks and cooling towers, license plates that boasted “Friends of Coal” and a roadside political banner urging voters to elect a “miner for miners.”

-Rachel

A Chinese vase from a New England collection has sold at a Boston auction house for $24.7 million, setting a U.S. record.
The elaborate 18th century vase stands nearly three feet tall and is made of painted enamel and bronze.  » Full story and photo.

A Chinese vase from a New England collection has sold at a Boston auction house for $24.7 million, setting a U.S. record.

The elaborate 18th century vase stands nearly three feet tall and is made of painted enamel and bronze.  » Full story and photo.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Alternate Routes Road Trip

nprhereandnow:

Hi all, exciting news. For the next month, I — Rachel Rohr, Here & Now’s digital and social media producer — will be taking over H&N’s Tumblr for a special, month-long reporting trip:

Alternate Routes
A cross-country road trip ahead of the midterm elections,
in search of the stories of young Americans and the issues that
matter most in their lives. Presented by WBUR and NPR’s Here & Now.

You’ll also be able to follow the trip on Here & Now’s Instagram and my Twitter, @liontalk, while I drive across America in a 1991 VW Vanagon camper van. Here’s what she looks like:

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And here’s the route I’ll be taking (with plenty of flexibility for the unexpected):

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Along the way, I’ll be talking with young people in cities and towns, and hearing their stories about why they live where they live and do what they do. What’s it like to be a second-generation coal miner in West Virginia? What’s the path for a Mormon college student in Utah? What’s drawing twenty-somethings to Cleveland? At the heart of it is the decision facing every young person — stay or go?

If you have ideas or suggestions — for people or places I shouldn’t miss along the route — send me a tweet or message me on Tumblr. I’d love to hear from you. And if you find yourself missing the stories that are usually on this Tumblr, check out Here & Now’s website, hereandnow.org.

Alternate Routes will be a podcast, too, sharing the stories of young people I meet in my travels. We’ll have a link to subscribe on iTunes soon, too.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll follow the journey!

-Rachel

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Suzanne C. Dubus is the chief executive of a domestic violence prevention center. Read her full commentary here: Staying With An Abuser: It’s More Complicated Than ‘Stand By Your Man’
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Suzanne C. Dubus is the chief executive of a domestic violence prevention center. Read her full commentary here: Staying With An Abuser: It’s More Complicated Than ‘Stand By Your Man’

» Follow @wbur

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
nprhereandnow:

Poet Daniel Johnson remembers his longtime friend, the journalist James Foley who was killed by militants in Syria last month, in the poem “In the Absence of Sparrows.”
"On some level, my hope was that if I could put the right words down, and combine them in the right way, he would return," Johnson told Here & Now’s Robin Young.
Hear the rest of the interview and read the poem in its entirety here.

nprhereandnow:

Poet Daniel Johnson remembers his longtime friend, the journalist James Foley who was killed by militants in Syria last month, in the poem “In the Absence of Sparrows.”

"On some level, my hope was that if I could put the right words down, and combine them in the right way, he would return," Johnson told Here & Now’s Robin Young.

Hear the rest of the interview and read the poem in its entirety here.

How did your town vote in the primaries?
Catch up on the details with our Massachusetts town-by-town map of primary day results in five key races.

How did your town vote in the primaries?

Catch up on the details with our Massachusetts town-by-town map of primary day results in five key races.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker meets with voters in Malden. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)
» For primary day data and updates, see our live blog.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker meets with voters in Malden. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

» For primary day data and updates, see our live blog.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley speaks with supporters at Santarpio’s in East Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
» For primary day updates and data, check out our live blog.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley speaks with supporters at Santarpio’s in East Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

» For primary day updates and data, check out our live blog.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Thursday, August 14, 2014