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Carey Mulligan, center, and Helena Bonham Carter, right, star in "Suffragette," a film about the push for voting rights for women in Great Britain. The film is part of this year's Telluride at Dartmouth slate.

Telluride Films Feature Women’s Voices

Friday, September 4, 2015

Every year a theme of sorts emerges at the Telluride at Dartmouth festival. Sometimes it’s intentional, but just as often the mini-festival of six films …

Will ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Spawn a Generation of Thru-Hikers?

Friday, September 4, 2015

The long-awaited film version of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, the 1998 best-seller about his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, has fostered …

Colbert Removes Mask to Do ‘Late Show’

Friday, September 4, 2015

New York — Stephen Colbert is about to turn a corner in his career: onto Broadway at 54th Street. Having split from cheeky Comedy Central …

Prompts Released For Young Writers

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through this newspaper; YWP’s web site, youngwritersproject.org, and digital magazine, The Voice; and other partners, including vpr.net …

The Book on Clean Water

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pittsburgh — Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the globe gain access to clean drinking water? That’s the hope of Theresa Dankovich, postdoctoral research associate in the civil and …

Colby College Announces Press Award

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Waterville, Maine — A former Washington Post reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing dire conditions in group homes for the mentally disabled will be this year’s recipient of Lovejoy Award at Colby College. Katherine Boo, now a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, will receive …

Bridging the Gap

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Nicholas Hollinger of Venture Construction blows away silica on the Ralph Lehman Bridge in White River Junction on Monday. Hollinger was preparing the bridge for a repaving project this week. The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic …

The Outside Story: Snakes and Toads Eat Garden Pests

Monday, August 31, 2015

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are among the most effective forms of pest control. If you tolerate these herpetological …

Racing Across Generations

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Little League. Theater camp. Swim team. All summertime activities for kids, with their families cheering them on from the sidelines. In Canaan, motocross racing is also a family affair, where parents encourage young riders to compete in races …

‘The Carmichael Show’ Gets How People Talk About Politics

Monday, August 31, 2015

September is the traditional month when a new crop of shows arrives on television, and with it, signs of new trends and new thinking in TV. But right now on NBC, a new show is getting a jump on that process. The Carmichael Show, a family sitcom based …

Complaints of Partying, Trash on AT

Monday, August 31, 2015

Baxter State Park, Maine — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch …

Oversized Load

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nick Barry, of Lake Placid, Fla., moves boxes from a 53-foot moving trailer to a smaller U-Haul truck in Lyme last week. Barry and his two brothers and father work for Vernay Moving. The four of them were …

‘Purity’ Isn’t Franzen’s Best

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Jonathan Franzen’s career offers a cautionary narrative — for us as much as him. As far back as 1996, with Perchance to Dream, his long essay published in Harper’s on the state of contemporary fiction, he has filled …