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

August 20, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration’s admission comes on the heels of the release of a video by the militant group known as the Islamic State, which depicts the killing of American journalist James Foley.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The agreement follows a similar deal earlier this month with Barneys. Customers of both department stores said they had been targeted as suspects of theft because of their race.
 

AP
August 20, 2014 | NPR · The mission earlier this summer, based on intelligence from released hostages, “was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location,” the Pentagon reported.
 

Arts & Life

August 20, 2014 | NPR · Daniel Kehlmann’s F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
 

Flickr
August 20, 2014 | NPR · The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
 

AP
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show’s creator, writers and actors.
 

Music

Metropolitan Opera
August 20, 2014 | NPR · To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera’s labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America’s largest performing arts organization.
 

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August 20, 2014 | WXPN · The Pennsylvania band performs a set of alternately (and simultaneously) fun and menacing rock ‘n’ roll on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 20, 2014 | NPR · The guitar virtuoso seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead, taking a line from the former’s iconic “Marquee Moon” as a song title.
 

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