The Challengers


The Education Debate Which Never Happened by Donovan Wheeler photos by Thomas F. Yeiser and Jonathan Alan Balash When I sat down to write this feature, I planned a back-and-forth under one central, umbrella question:  Has the Daniels/Pence/Bennett ed-reform master plan actually worked?  Kim Fidler was willing to spend more ...

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In Indianapolis, It’s Always Personal


National Road Magazine’s Jennifer Stevens offers this passionate rebuttal to Donovan Wheeler’s take on the Colts. If you check my social media feeds on any given Sunday, you’re likely to see ranting and raving about the Colts.  In fact, just last Sunday, I called the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars ...

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A Casual Colts Customer


Like a lot of Hoosiers my age, our lives are somewhat enmeshed in the mystique of the Colts.  But ever since the team parted ways with Peyton Manning, my attitude about the Colts–and professional sports as a whole–has changed. When Bob Irsay threw his last pair of shoulderpads, his last ...

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Ruby on the Brain: Walk the Dogs


For the last nine months our lives have been held hostage by the biggest, most hyper, most destructive puppy dog I’ve ever been around.  I love the dog…I do.  I just wish she’d get old, slow, and fat like the rest of us. It’s a crisp, overcast Thursday afternoon, and ...

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Friday Photo Blog: Caitlin Fogle’s Greencastle


Captured through the capable lens of National Road Magazine’s Caitlin Fogle, these are the people who have made Greencastle, Indiana one of the most enviable small towns in the Midwest.  Their stories are those of very human people: ambitious, visionary, determined, and eventually philosophical.  If you don’t appreciate what they’ve ...

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The Putnam Inn: The Family Business


National Road Magazine is proud to welcome The Putnam Inn as one of our primary supporters and sponsors.  Please enjoy this feature profiling Rhonda Brotherton, her restaurant, her dreams for its future, and her deep and lasting legacy.  More importantly, support our sponsors and check out what’s happening at The ...

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NRM Promotional Video


Check out our funky and fun promotional video.  We apologize for the background noise in some of the clips.  We’ve interviewed people in all sorts of places…coffee shops, bars, you name it.  The soundtrack is courtesy of War Radio, and the photo credits are as follows: -War Radio: Drew and ...

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Reparation: The Formula Works


This is the third in a three-part series of features drawn from Donovan Wheeler’s lengthy interview with Reparation’s director Kyle Ham and screenwriter Steve Timm.   In part one, Wheeler discussed the impact of filming in Western Indiana.  In part two, they discussed the challenges of creating a film on a ...

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