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Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Writer Kurt Thurber

Kurt Thurber

Kurt Thurber came to Highbrow Magazine a struggling professional with a dream and stays to this day because of the rock star-like perks (booze, cash, the option to sleep in). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Mary Washington College and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Villanova University. He currently uses all the knowledge he obtained from watching ‘80s action movies and seeing “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” in the theater to good use by writing for Highbrow Magazine’s entertainment section.

Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Writer Christopher Karr

Christopher Karr

Christopher Karr is originally from Barbourville, Kentucky. After graduating from Northern Kentucky University with a BFA in Theatre, he co-founded the experimental theatre group Artemis Exchange. Since moving to New York City in 2008, Karr has written a novel, poetry, essays, a slim adaptation of the Bible, and an unfilmable screenplay based on Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. His award-winning plays have been performed in Cincinnati and Chicago. He is currently listening to the Drive soundtrack. Beyond that, he has no plans. 

Straight Up, No Chaser: Why the ‘Table of Truth’ Is a Smash Hit

Nadine Friedman

Billing themselves as the black male version of “The View,” the Table of Truth can’t be accused of plowing an oversaturated field.  And listening to the podcast’s Backlash episode, the conversation meandering from planking to the dearth of African-American comic book heroes, it’s kind of  true.  Except Elisabeth Hasselback couldn’t improve a 19th-century tale of a slave with superpowers like these guys can.  The Table of Truth -- four friends and entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of hat tilting -- broadcasts  conversations you overhear on the subway and quote to your friends later.

Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Writer Rachael Jennings

Rachael Jennings

Rachael Jennings is a contributing writer at Highbrow Magazine. She has mainly freelanced for local newspapers — most recently, The Addison Independent in Vermont. Her creative writing has been published in Off Course, Strange Horizons, Mason's Road, Eclectica, and elsewhere. Currently, she lives, teaches, writes, works, and finds adventures in Brooklyn, New York.

Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Writer/Photographer Christopher Moraff

Christopher Moraff

Christopher Moraff is a journalist, writer and photographer whose reporting covers topics ranging from art to politics. His journalism, commentary and criticism have appeared in a number of publications, including The American Prospect, World Politics Review, Design Bureau magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, AlterNet and In These Times – where he serves on the Board of Editors. He is a news features correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune and writes a weekly column on national politics and current affairs for Philadelphia Magazine's blog, The Philly Post. 

Meet the Staff at Highbrow Magazine: Q&A With Writer Maggie Hennefeld

Maggie Hennefeld

Maggie Hennefeld, a contributing writer at Highbrow Magazine, hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and currently lives in Providence, R.I., studying in a Modern Culture and Media Ph.D. Program at Brown University. She worked for four years during college as a writer and section editor of 34th Street, the weekly Arts and Entertainment magazine of The Daily Pennsylvanian. Maggie has published in academic journals including Screen and Media Fields and has articles forthcoming in Alphaville and Comedy Studies. She is currently working on her dissertation, titled “The Politics of Film Comedy: From Vaudeville to Terrorism.”

Investigating the Murder of Journalist Chauncey Bailey

Peter Schurmann

On Aug. 2, 2007, veteran journalist Chauncey Bailey was murdered in Oakland, Calif., for a story he was working on about Your Black Muslim Bakery, a local business that fronted for an organized crime operation. Bailey’s murder was the first assassination of a journalist over a domestic story in the United States since 1976. Award-winning investigative reporter and author Thomas Peele spoke with New America Media about his work on the Chauncey Bailey Project -- a collaboration of journalists that formed to finish the work Bailey was doing -- and his new book, Killing the Messenger. 

The Fear of Working as a Journalist in Putin’s Russia

Valeriya Fedorenko

I am 23. I have worked in the press in the city of Vladivostok for seven years. I live in Vladimir Putin’s Age. Sometimes I ask myself: “What will I tell my grandkids about these times?” I will tell them that in 2006, when I had just turned 18, the famous Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was gunned down in full daylight. And her death sent a clear message to all independent media in Russia. “Stop writing for newspapers. Find another job. Journalists are being killed in Russia.” That’s what my relatives and friends who remember life in the former Soviet Union and what it was like to criticize the authorities often tell me.

Why Won’t the Armed Forces Network Dump Rush Limbaugh’s Show?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Pentagon’s defiant pledge to stick with the Rush Limbaugh show, no matter what, bumps up against a few hard and insulting realities. The Armed Forces Network that carries the Limbaugh show is not a private business that can do whatever it pleases with its money, personnel and policy. Every penny of the armed forces’ bloated budget comes from taxpayers. And since the military is not a democracy, and decisions are made top down, there was never any chance that taxpayers would have any say about the use of their money to subsidize the blatant bias of one radio jock.

Who Wrecked Our Yoga?

Sandip Roy

Should yoga come with a warning? Practicing yoga can be injurious to health. The New York Times seems to think so. “Yoga is for people in good physical condition. Or it can be used therapeutically. It’s controversial to say, but it really shouldn’t be used for a general class,” says yoga guru Glenn Black in a five-page magazine story How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body by its science writer William Broad. It has unleashed such a storm of protests, the site had to stop accepting comments on the story.

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