The Frozen Confederacy

Day Five. Monday Jan. 1 Vicksburg On our New Year’s Day drive from Memphis to Vicksburg, we looked in vain for a lunch spot. Everything was shuttered for the holiday. Finally at 3 p.m. we found a faded sign for “Simply Southern Café and Grill” in Grenada, MS. It was a...

So much to share, so little time

When you’re driving across the country, dodging trucks all day on the Interstate, it’s hard to keep up with the blog. Here is a photo from today, with a promise that we will post great stories in the future about our visits in Mississippi, Louisiana, and...

A Rock N Roll New Years

Monday Jan. 1, 2018 Day Five: New Year’s Eve at Graceland (part two) It turned out that the real New Year’s Eve party was in the lobby, where piano player Rob Haynes was bringing Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles and Elvis back to life. He was banging the keyboard...
And So It Begins

And So It Begins

“You do not take a trip. The trip takes us.”—John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley Thursday Dec. 28, 2017: Day One: The Cold Start: We left Boston on this bright sunny Thursday morning, hoping to say goodbye as quickly as possible to its temperature: only 6 degrees F....
Knowledge is Power: Protecting ourselves from “Fake News”

Knowledge is Power: Protecting ourselves from “Fake News”

—January 2018 What is the truth about journalism? Journalism is always a bit of a mess. People’s memories are usually flawed. Eyewitnesses differ about the same event. The moment a story passes from one person to the next, it changes. This is only human. And then...
Road Trip: The Plan

Road Trip: The Plan

We are driving across America! As 2018 begins, we will be starting in snowy Boston and heading West to San Francisco. Along the way we hope to learn more about current state of our beautiful, embattled and deeply divided country. Check back for updates and...
PSST: Some Good News About Journalism for a Change?*

PSST: Some Good News About Journalism for a Change?*

Journalism has never been as easy as it looks. One day in 1940s, Los Angeles newspaper reporters were riveted by a report that came crackling over the police radio. A headless torso had just been found outside the city, in a gravel pit! Competing reporters from the...
Journalism’s Latest Tech Fix: The Flying iPhone

Journalism’s Latest Tech Fix: The Flying iPhone

In Africa, “journalists as a part of civil society have fallen off the radar,” according to Heather Gilberds, a Canadian media developer who works in Africa.  Radio is still the most popular medium in sub-Saharan communities, she says. Africans don’t listen to radio...
Hacking the Refugee Crisis

Hacking the Refugee Crisis

The hardest thing about living in Hungary is the official government ideology of hate. Lots of people in nearby countries also embrace Orban’s intolerance toward the refugees; the Polish ambassador told me last night that 80% of Poles said they would like Orban to be...