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Great days ahead

We here at the Tablet can find the nostalgia industry a bit overwhelming sometimes, but now and again an idea comes along that gets it right.
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 28, 2012

Car Talk is no musical

The notion of a musical inspired by Car Talk is bizarre.
Flat Tire
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 29, 2012

Review: Portrait of Wally

Somewhere in the slog of Andrew Shea's Portrait of Wally is a devastating story of institutionalized extortion and its victims.
Institutionalized extortion
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012

Gender bias at NPR — and what it reveals about the world of literary fiction

In August 2010, the literary corner of the Internet seized in crisis.
All (Male) Things Considered
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 27, 2012

Kingsley Flood get more NPR tug-jobs

Remember that time back in August when NPR blew its aural load all over our boys -- and gal -- in Boston's mostest favoritest don't-call-it-Americana-it's-not-2010-anymore-brah...
By Michael Marotta  |  May 16, 2011

Odd Future blew up out of nowhere. But they didn't do it alone.

By now you've heard about how post-this, uber-that, and pre-apocalyptically radical the Los Angeles collective Odd Future is. Or maybe your little sis came home with ringleader Tyler the Creator's tag tatted on her teenage ta-ta's.
Making the brand
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 06, 2011


Media activists aim to take over the future ... of news

Now imagine you're in charge of getting people excited about media reform — promoting things like local ownership of press outlets, a free and open Internet, and vibrant public journalism that operates outside of party politics. Besides the considerabl
'Get me rewrite'
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  April 08, 2011

The uncertain future of Rhode Island media

The endless, anguished debate over how to deliver local news in the Age of the Internet has not reached anything like a satisfying conclusion.
Breaking news or broken news?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 02, 2011
The Year in Wall Street Investigations

The Year in Wall Street Investigations

"Angelo Mozilo: #1 Person Most Responsible For Financial Crisis"It's been over three years since credit markets started shaking with the early tremors of the subprime...
By Pro Publica  |  December 27, 2010

Linc's greenskeeping

Sure, governor-elect Lincoln Chafee used to shoe racehorses up in Canada, but it appears he could also have been a good greenskeeper.
Chafee gets a feather in his cap; dreading Cantor; Korean fever dreams
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 03, 2010

Says You! live taping at USM

At 1 pm today, the University of Southern Maine hosts a live taping of the popular NPR show Says You!, an unsnobbish program of "wordplay...
By webteam  |  November 17, 2010

Rejoice! Race to the bottom soon over

There are only a few more days left in this particularly ridiculous election cycle and, if there is one group of people who worked tirelessly and with true creative elan it would be the opposition research teams. Give these folks a bonus! That much of
The scramble for the undecided vote; quotes of note; the Life of Keith
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 29, 2010

Surrender monkeys: On the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert 'Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear' media kerfuffle

Most journalism professionals agree that it is appropriate that media organizations should ban reporters from attending certain types of events in the name of objectivity and limiting perceived bias.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 22, 2010


In a less politically charged world, the triumvirate of Democratic political leaders in Washington — President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — might now be taking victory laps over one of the most produc
President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi have accomplished much — and are running for their political lives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 16, 2010

Musician + Author = Crap

On Tuesday, musician Ben Folds (formerly of the Five) and rock-obsessed novelist Nick Hornby ( High Fidelity ) released a collaborative record called Lonely Avenue . The result of this musical-literary team-up isn't excruciating.
Worst of Both Worlds
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 01, 2010

Watsky: The bard of Beantown

George Watsky says things that most rappers wouldn’t think. Like the word “befuddled.”
Watsky’s performance art is not just under raps
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 17, 2010

2 out of 2 news outlets agree: Google IS evil!

2 out of 2 news outlets agree: Google IS evil!

Apparently someone over at NPR has been trolling our website for story ideas. First, they took a shot at our film critic Peter Keough for...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  August 20, 2010

Deering High musician having a banner year

You might have caught 18-year-old Dominic Sbrega on NPR’s From the Top last week, playing Mexican folk-dance music on his stand-up bass.
Up-and-Comers Dept.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 14, 2010

Interview: Paul Provenza

In Satiristas! veteran comic Paul Provenza engages in revealing, surprising conversation with a diverse group about comedy’s role in revealing uncomfortable truths about our world and ourselves.
Comedy life saver
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  May 07, 2010

How to tell the truth

You may never have been so upset about being a twentysomething virgin that you hired a sexual surrogate for professional help, but odds are that if you had you’d just gulp and keep it to yourself.
Phil Goldman has a lot to say
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2010

Ken Miller just can’t win

What’s an honorable man to do?
Brown biology professor attacked by Darwin-hating fundies and leftie atheists alike
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 05, 2010

Music Seen: Brother Ali

Even if you've seen Brother Ali before, you have not seen the show that he played last week.
Brother Ali, live at Asylum, November 10, 2009
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 20, 2009

DQM does On the Media--plus, a Times Co. clarification

I recently had the privilege of chatting with NPR's On the Media about the ongoing Boston Globe cris...
By Adam Reilly  |  June 15, 2009

Portland music news: January 30, 2009

Local songstress Rachel Griffin got in on the Barack Obama love-fest with a song called "Struggle Leads to Grace."
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  January 28, 2009

STYXX performer on NPR

Jessie Sorrentos, better known to Portlanders as the "human disco ball" at STYXX, got some National ...
By Jeff Inglis  |  November 24, 2008

No chopped liver

NPR's weekly quiz show, Wait Wait....Don't Tell Me , visits the Wang Theatre with some recognizable panelists.
 Wait Wait in Boston
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 13, 2008

The Phoenix on NPR this afternoon

Portland Phoenix managing editor Jeff Inglis will be on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation program this afternoon from 2:40 to 3 pm, talking...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 28, 2008

Hear Jeff on NPR

Portland Phoenix managing editor Jeff Inglis will be on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation p...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 28, 2008

Election '08: who the #$&@ needs more information?

Today on Morning Edition, NPR's Renee Montagne reported from a debate-viewing party for undecided voters last night in New Mexico, a battleground state where Barack...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 08, 2008
Snarky Sarah, Superstar

Snarky Sarah, Superstar

Photo credit: Joeff Davis DOWNLOAD: Sarah Palin, RNC 2008 Convention Speech [mp3]  ST. PAUL--Here's what really stood out about Sarah Palin's RNC speech tonight: 1. The woman...
By Adam Reilly  |  September 04, 2008