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The Big Think

TED, PopTech, and other 21st-century innovation conferences — nerds giving speeches to rich guys — have done something rather remarkable: they've turned the public intellectual into popular entertainer.
Providence designer Seth Goldenberg convenes the best and brightest to tackle the "Epic Challenges" of our time. But who appointed them ?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2011
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Give Malalai Joya a visa

In a display of mendacity worthy of the days when the late Senator Joseph McCarthy stifled free speech from coast to coast, the United States Department of State has denied a visa to Afghanistan's most internationally recognized activist, Malalai Joya.
Plus, Obama's Libyan War
By EDITORIAL  |  March 25, 2011
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Strong-arming the First Amendment

President Barack Obama is a bright guy. In fact, he's a former constitutional-law professor.
Plus activist judges and fat versus gay
By EDITORIAL  |  December 17, 2010
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A Providence non-profit loans out the future

Eva Jiménez came here from the Dominican Republic in September 2001.
Where Credit Is Due
By MARION DAVIS  |  May 14, 2010

Crossword: ''It's a Tough Job''

But you totally get used to it.
But you totally get used to it.
By MATT JONES  |  February 26, 2010

Crossword: ''Special effects''

With a little extra thrown in
With a little extra thrown in
By MATT JONES  |  January 29, 2010


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Afghanistan: Just say no!

The idea that the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical junction, a “now-or-never” moment that requires an additional 40,000 troops to win, is rubbish.
Plus, Obama and the Nobel
By EDITORIAL  |  October 16, 2009

Cheesy and crackers

There is no place hotter in the media lately than South Carolina, "The Cracker State," whose logo is still  essentially the Confederate flag.
Too much southern exposure. Plus, a rant — unpamper those kids!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 18, 2009

Crossword: ''No ham for me, thanks''

Don't be a pig about it
Don't be a pig about it
By MATT JONES  |  August 14, 2009

Mixed Magic's When Fate Comes Knocking

It's been said before and it'll be said again: the election of Barack Obama casts a new light on the Civil Rights Movement. Or, in Ricardo Pitts-Wiley's words, "We get to tell the story in a different way."
Living history
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 10, 2009
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Mixed grill

Dave Bryant stood among the folding chairs in the audience before Scarecrow Mobius's gig at Outpost 186 a week ago Monday night, looked at his two-deck keyboard rig, and mused, "Not pretty, but I guess it will do. I had more room at rehearsal."
Scarecrow Mobius, Monique, and Morley
By JON GARELICK  |  December 01, 2008


A real cool hand

Sad news got to P+J about the passing of American legend Paul Newman.
Whether acting, acting up, or sharing his wealth, Newman was the man
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 01, 2008
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China, Tibet, and the Olympics

It is difficult to imagine an American — perhaps any Westerner — with a greater sympathy for, and understanding of, Tibet than scholar-activist Robert Thurman.
Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman explains the Dalai Lama’s political wisdom, the myopia of the chinese, and the essence of the Olympics
By PETER KADZIS  |  August 06, 2008
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Flashback

Sister Corita Kent was something of a celebrity.
The high voltage work of Corita Kent
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2008
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Greenheads

When Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize last October, it was a triumph for anti-global-warming forces as well as a triumph for art.
Global warming inspires eco art at Montserrat and the BCA
By GREG COOK  |  March 03, 2008

Crossword: ''Un-scary movie''


Slasher pics get the edit
By MATT JONES  |  October 24, 2007


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Mobilize against the war on Saturday

Several buses will take Mainers down to Boston Common on October 27 to participate in one of 11 anti-war demonstrations planned nationwide for that day.
Protest
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 24, 2007
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Dance, Monkey: Dan Levy

I am going to dance in a recycling bin while conserving water.
A comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 23, 2007
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Crossword: ''Just a bunch of words''


No theme, but you'll like it anyway
By MATT JONES  |  July 02, 2007
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Farewell to John Hackett

Yes, John Hackett and his generally right-wing, white, and male editorial cohorts at the ’80s-vintage Urinal were regular punching bags at Casa Diablo.
Proof positive that a crusty conservative can be pals with proud liberals
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 23, 2007

Eating by halves

It is always hard to know what to make of prestigious awards.
Checking out the Point Five Lounge
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 18, 2007


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Pushy, pushy

It was rewarding to see our old buddy from Channel 6, Opie Notsohumble, making news instead of just reporting it.
North Kingstown superintendent seeks Hummel repellent
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 04, 2007
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Master communicator

You missed a good opportunity when one of your readers inquired a few weeks back about your knowledge of good pick-up lines.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  March 14, 2007

Crossword: 'Ribbed For Your Pleasure'


Solving pleasure, I meant
By MATT JONES  |  December 20, 2006
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Attack of the 50-foot Oprah

David Letterman is by no means the first one to realize that the road to success — or forgiveness — entails planting a kiss somewhere on Oprah’s oft-fluctuating anatomy.
Why America’s most powerful celebrity should be more feared than loved
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 09, 2006