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WORLD PREMIERE The News Station’s Lit. Letter #1

We’re excited to invite you to be one of the first to tour our newly re-launched site, TheNewsStation.com. It includes our new Lit. section – an art and literary journal tucked inside our pages that features spectacular visual artists, original cartoons, fresh new music, along with our poetry – or Lit. Words – section, which showcases world renowned poets, currently incarcerated prisoners and famous musicians published side by side.

Our Managing Editor Matt Laslo – a veteran Washington reporter and professor – wrote an op-ed explaining more about our startup publication, which can be found here.

Our goal at The News Station isn’t merely to inform you, we want to be your oasis from all the noise. Play, learn and relax on our pages.

If you like the site or a piece, share it! We’re new and need your help spreading the word.  

Below is our first weekly newsletter. We won’t ever bombard you. Once a week (which in the future will be towards the end of the work week) we send out our diverse, informative and fun newsletter with a round up of some of the best work on our site. Enjoy!

– Sophie and Laslo


Must Read

We’re Entering the Second Roaring 20s, But
That’s Not Entirely Good News

  We may be separated by nearly a century, but we have a lot in common with those Americans who were struck with the pandemic in the 1920s. Some of those commonalities are disturbing to historians, as Thor Benson discovered in this feature for The News Station


Important Reads


FEATURED ARTIST – LIZZY OAKLEY 
   
Lizzy Oakley transplanted from Utah to Nashville a few years back, and her shutter’s been working overtime since.


News That Caught Our Eye


The Perplexing: When Mississippi’s Supreme Court recently threw out the medical marijuana program supported by 69% of voters, the state joined the trend of conservative states reversing the will of their own people. Now voters want justices impeached.

The Predictable: Even as New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft was being investigated for paying for sex, the team’s Foundation saw a 60% spike in donations from the Patriot’s corporate vendors.   

The Heartfelt: We teamed up with the Prison Journalism Project recently to publish more than 20 prisoner’s reactions to Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict in Minneapolis. Not the easiest read but enlightening nonetheless.


FEATURED POET – TRACI O’DEA
Traci’s a poet, editor, essayist and former journalist living in the UK. Besides curating our new Lit. Words section, she’s working on a novel in verse.

Pot Connect, art by Tommy O’Dea (Traci’s dad)

Of the Mouth and Lungs

On a cocktail napkin in the dining room,
he left a coffee ring. A wrinkled circle
on a paper square. I wish he’d forged
Read the full poem on our site.



Our Favorite Read
How Southern Evangelicals Learned to Stop Worrying and Love CBD

It started with a nervous church-going woman stepping foot inside of a Tennessee dispensary to see if rubbing CBD ointment on her sore joints would make her high. Soon, she started bringing all her church friends.

Turns out this is Sean Spicer’s favorite too, cause he had TNS contributor Chris Moody on his Newsmax show to discuss the trend.


Health and Wellness


 Are magic mushrooms the answer to depression and anxiety? A new study suggests they could be a game changer in treating mental disorders.
  If you’ve got an irregular heart beat, you might want to think twice before lighting a joint. Marijuana could pose a threat to patients with heart rhythm disorders, according to new research.

ICYMI: A study out this spring suggests marijuana may benefit people inflicted with fetal alcohol syndrome.


El Del Boniato
An Original TNS Comic by Dan Membiela

The full comic (along with others) are here.


The Cannabis Corruption Corner
Top Aide to Texas Attorney General Commissioner Arrested for Alleged Hemp Corruption Scheme
ICYMI: A former mayor in Massachusetts was found guilty this month for soliciting bribes from marijuana business owners.

Corruption runs rampant in new industries, and we’re all about exposing it. Send in links that might get included in next week’s newsletter (and other tips too! We promise to protect your identity, if desired): info@thenewsstation.com



MUSICIAN OF THE WEEK – LOLO (AND HER LADIES)
LOLO, AKA Lauren Pritchard, is an artist, songwriter, actress, composer and activist who was born and raised in Jackson, Tenn. She’s also now a mommy, as her op-ed for The News Station reveals. It’s about her carrying a little man in her belly most of last year, because the pandemic had nothing on this southern lady (who can kick some ass, if needed). You can also view her poetic lyrics or listen to here angelic voice in our Lit. journal. 


What You May Have Missed from TNS

TNS Feature from November: Travis Pastrana Invites You Inside The World’s Craziest Bicycle Race

Motocross icon Travis Pastrana’s need to win is grounded in a need to rewrite the history books and to do whatever it takes to destroy the competition. Conquering seems to be a part of his DNA. Still, one competition remains Pastrana’s nemesis: his own private relay race, which he calls “the world’s worst event.” The News Station was granted exclusive access to this booze soaked bicycle relay featuring some of the world’s top athletes.



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Sophie was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended college in the South and worked for NPR in Georgia as a Couric Radio Fellow before moving back to Oregon and working for Willamette Week. She currently freelances and fills her free time with frequent existential crises.

Matt Laslo is Managing Editor of The News Station. To learn more about the veteran political reporter and professor -- or to read more of his work -- his bio page is here.

Sophie was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended college in the South and worked for NPR in Georgia as a Couric Radio Fellow before moving back to Oregon and working for Willamette Week. She currently freelances and fills her free time with frequent existential crises.

Matt Laslo is Managing Editor of The News Station. To learn more about the veteran political reporter and professor -- or to read more of his work -- his bio page is here.

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