Remember pay phones? You know, back before nearly everyone carried a cell phone in their pocket? OPB's Kate Davidson has this story of an encounter with a strange relic of that past, with an odd twist: a public phone booth that makes calls -- for free.
Anthony D'Amato first came to national attention with 2010's Down Wires, which he recorded with a single microphone in his college bedroom and NPR dubbed "a modern folk gem". He followed it up with another home recording, Paper Back Bones, which BBC Scotland named one of the Best Americana Albums of 2012.
The Pacific Crest Trail was already a popular place to take a hike, long or short. Then the movie "Wild" and other events focused more attention on the trail, adding to its mystique. But the mystique can't correct hot and dry conditions with potentially little water available--the conditions of this summer. The Pacific Crest Trail Association manages sections of the PCT. And trail managers are bracing for issues created by the drought and earlier-than-usual summer heat.
What would it have looked like had the Go-Gos lived in the 1500s and the Elizabethan courts gone glam? Pink wigs, chain mail armor made of sequins, and dance routines by a choreographer whos worked with Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and "So You Think You Can Dance" (or rather, their Elizabethan counterparts).At least in the imagination of playwright Jeff Whitty, whose works plumb a wild imagination while still tackling challenging issues of race and sexuality. Hes best known for writing the book...
Southern Oregon and Northern California's Smith River could be temporarily protected from mining by a maneuver proposed by the Bureau of Land Management. BLM plans to withdraw roughly 100,000 acres of public land from mining in Curry and Josephine Counties, including land considered for a major nickel mine. The proposed five-year withdrawal would give Congress members--including Oregon's Peter DeFazio--a chance to pass legislation withdrawing the land permanently.