In Mississippi,Obamacare rolls out on wheels

JACKSON, Miss. — A custom-built bus with oversized windows is parked outside a health fair at the University Medical Center. The decal on its side reads, “Making Healthcare Reform Transparent.” Inside the bus are snacks, Wi-Fi and three booths where sales agents from the Humana health-insurance company sit behind laptops and explain cheap HGV insurance…

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Protester attempts to stop bison slaughter in Yellowstone

A lot of people ask me about the young man Comfrey, who we saw ride off on a freight train in the American Nomads documentary. He is alive and well, and protesting the slaughter of buffalo in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone National Park officials found 20 year old Comfrey Jacobs chained to a barrel and…

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In Livingstone’s footsteps with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The Daily Telegraph are re-running classic travel stories from their archives. Here’s one I wrote about going down the Zambezi river in dug-out canoes with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Britain’s greatest and arguably most eccentric explorer Last week we began a new series drawing on the deep and rich store of travel writing in the Telegraph…

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delta crime report

A random assortment of crimes in the Mississippi Delta in the last week or so. In Clarksdale, the president of the school board was caught stealing three bottles of air freshener, and has been banned for life from Fred’s store. Dr. Roger Weiner, former candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, was stopped at a roadblock with…

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“You are a fool here. I hope you learn this gently.” BBC Q&A

Name: Richard Grant Title/bio: Author, journalist, presenter of the BBC documentary American Nomads, and current documentarian of tribal life in Ethiopia Website: Richardgrant.us Born in: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Currently living in: Pluto, Mississippi 1. Where would you rather be right now? The Mississippi Delta, my newly adopted home, rather than this west London suburb where I grew up. 2. Famous person…

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Travel Writing Workshop

I’m doing a workshop called The Art and Hustle of Travel Writing in Tubac, Arizona, from August 30th to September 2nd. I will be giving a brief overview of the genre, from Herodotus up to contemporary travel writers like Rory Stewart and Paul Theroux. I’ll cover observational skills and interview techniques. Developing an instinct for…

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delta crime report

I’ve been harvesting odd stories and snapshots of life from the crime reports in the local papers here in the Mississippi Delta. Some criminals here have unusual names, like Fonda Fry Golden (contempt), Charles Dickens (domestic violence), or Kunte Kinta Blissett (contempt). Of the Delta newspapers, the Enterprise-Tocsin in Indianola does the best job with its…

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Richard Grant’s ideal US road trip

Let the dawn rise behind you, and drive on towards the sunset. The great American road trip goes west, not east, and it ends at the barrier of the Pacific Ocean. Westward like the pioneers, you travel through ever bigger, emptier and more dramatic landscapes. The skies get taller. The horizons stretch out. You reach…

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