In the Berkshires every summer, there is a musical collective that wants to rip the powdered wig off traditional classical music. Playing the work of living composers and using unconventional methods, they are interested in anything but a musical history lesson. Things wrap up on Saturday with six hours of music, including special guests like Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and the composer Steve Reich’s re-working of two songs by Radiohead.
August 01, 2014
“Acts of Contrition” – the next book in NEPR’s Summer Fiction series - is set in Washington, D.C., in 1972, and it’s a follow-up to Bleiman’s first novel, “Dirty Tricks.”
July 25, 2014
In 1897, a midwife returns to her isolated home in the depths of winter to find her family murdered. That’s the premise of “The Kept,” by James Scott.
The meeting was called by the House Republicans to talk about Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to temporarily care for the children at either a military base in Chicopee or one in Bourne. Officials gather behind closed doors. Reporters weren’t allowed in and neither were protesters, who were having none of it.
July 24, 2014
The drug Naloxone , also known as Narcan, is a short term fix in a long term fight against heroin addiction.
Recently more people and first responders have permission to administer Narcan. It gives users another day to live, to get clean, say advocates. If they choose to.
July 18, 2014
In the 1840s, a religious revival was taking place in many Shaker communities. That’s the basis for writer Rachel Urquhart’s new novel, The Visionist.
Over the past few months, a small number of children streaming across the Mexican border have been finding and living with family and friends in western Massachusetts.
There are new concerns about an agreement Attorney General Martha Coakley negotiated to try and control the prices and market power of Partners HealthCare. The implication, from a commission created to help reduce health spending, is that the deal does not go far enough.
July 11, 2014
It is one of the very definitions of summer in New England’s cities and villages: to seek respite from the day’s heat with an evening concert outdoors.
DCF has hired hundreds more social workers, but many others are leaving. This comes as the department has seen a spike in the number of suspected abuse and neglect cases.
While some of the locales in Foreign Gods Inc. are strikingly similar to his own experiences in the U.S., including western Massachusetts, Okey Ndibe insists the book is not autobiographical.
July 04, 2014
Margaret Rubega says sometimes the best way to talk to your teen is to talk less.
Museum leaders call this the most significant building project since the place first opened in 1955.
Amherst author Cammie McGovern’s new Young Adult novel about two teens with disabilities kicks off NEPR’s Summer Fiction series.
June 27, 2014
Up until this weeks court decision on casinos in Massachusetts, the gubernatorial candidates didn’t have complete answers for where they stood on casinos gambling in the state. That time is over.