In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn commemorates the 5th anniversary of her son’s death in the wake a summer of difficult news.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn’s 100th column for KRCC’s The Big Something, she looks at a new book that examines the long term physical and psychic costs of Rocky Flats.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn recalls the joys and dangers inherent in the summertime of her youth.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn finds more than smoke in the fire.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn takes us inside the pages of a near future that looks a lot like the smoldering West outside our windows.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn dispels some common myths about southern cooking.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn returns to her mother’s home in Galveston and the far side of change.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn continues her summer road trip home to Memphis and through the south.

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The Middle Distance 6.1.12: Watch Your Aroundness

The day I left Colorado Springs for a 3,000-mile road trip, May 26, the radio announcer said there were some 30 million Americans on the road this Memorial Day weekend. Few of them, it seemed, shared the highway with me across the dusty, wind-swept plains of eastern [...]

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn peers into the darkness of memory at the center of the eclipse.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn peers into the mirror of a fickle celebrity culture.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn writes to her late son Teddy for Mother’s Day.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn drives backwards down memory lane.

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In this episode of the Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn explores the stuff that exists above the dirt and below cuisine.

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In this week’s episode of the The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn looks up from the ground in which she finds her roots.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn compares the horrors of newspaper headlines then and now.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn looks into the darkness and light of Easter week.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn looks at the “mental health madness” facing young adults in America.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn plucks a lemon from the memory tree.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn tries to get herself back to the garden.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn contemplates the joys of a rare Spring cleaning indulgence.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn pulls the curtain back on hospital room memories.

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn regrets the phrase “Sweet Old Lady”.

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News

September 1, 2014 | NPR · President Obama heads to Europe this week to take part in the NATO summit. The alliance is weighing how to respond to Russia’s incursions into Ukraine.
 

September 1, 2014 | NPR · Ebola has exposed weaknesses in Africa’s health networks and a failure to work together to arrest the spread of the virus. The “not our problem” response is taking an economic toll on the continent.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Four decades after Studs Terkel’s famous collection of oral histories was published, Radio Diaries revives one of his interviews with Helen Moog, an Ohio taxi driver and grandmother of five.
 

Arts & Life

September 1, 2014 | NPR · The process of becoming a man isn’t always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.
 

Alison Rosa
September 1, 2014 | NPR · Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year’s box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.
 

Jonathan Ring
September 1, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming’s books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.
 

Music

September 1, 2014 | NPR · Guitarist Joe Beck said he thought of the guitar as a six-piece band. Music reviewer Tom Moon says that’s exactly how Beck’s music sounds: layers of overlapping ideas. He reviews Beck’s posthumous release, “Get Me Joe Beck.”
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Plant’s 10th solo album lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.
 

September 1, 2014 | NPR · The archetypal ’70s band had a charismatic frontman and wonderful songs, but they also had drug problems and kept breaking up. Their Warner Bros. recordings are in a new box set called Rad Gumbo.
 

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