Summer on the Porch
August 14, 2006 A preponderance of porch ceilings are painted blue, but why? Is it just popular? Is it to ward off spirits, or even pesky bugs? The assistant manager of a paint store, a tour guide in Charleston, S.C., and an expert on insects look at theories on why so many porch ceilings are painted this color.
August 14, 2006 From childhood memories to present-day revelations, All Things Considered listeners from across the country sent us their most-cherished porch stories. We share a sampling of them here.
August 1, 2006 New Urbanism advocates communities with small-town-like layouts that encourage walking and decrease reliance on cars. The front porch, which had gone out of vogue after World War II, has played a key role in fostering community in such developments.