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Admissions staff at several New England colleges, including Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, say they will not penalize high school students punished for participating in walkout demonstrations.
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New England Colleges: High School Walkouts Will Not Affect Admissions

Admissions staff at a growing number of New England colleges said they will not penalize high school students punished for participating in walkouts in the wake of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Bok choy and lettuce from a Massachusetts farm.
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Fresh Food Program’s Success In Mass. Contributes To Its Demise

Massachusetts residents who have been using what used to be called food stamps to buy fruits and veggies from farmers markets and farm stands have been getting a bonus for those purchases.

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Parkland Fallout

One By One, Companies Cut Ties With The NRA

As a groundswell grows against the National Rifle Association in the aftermath of last week's school massacre in Parkland, Fla., several businesses say they are ending their partnerships with the gun advocacy group. The brands — ranging from insurance companies to rental cars — all announced their decisions on Twitter, many in direct response to tweets demanding change coalesced under the trending hashtag #boycottNRA . On Friday, Symantec, the cybersecurity company, announced via Twitter it...

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Solomon Goldstein-Rose celebrates with supporters after his win in the Democratic primary in September 2016.
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Massachusetts House Speaker Bob DeLeo has not publicly said whether state Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst will be able to keep his committee assignments. Goldstein-Rose announced on Tuesday he was leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent.

Northampton State Rep. Peter Kocot, 61, Passes Away After Illness

Feb 22, 2018
Northampton state Representative Peter Kocot in a file photo.
File photo / State House News Service

Northampton Rep. Peter Kocot, who has served in the legislature since 2002, has died, according to the House Speaker's office.

Drinking Fountains
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Massachusetts is expanding a program testing water in public schools. Officials are using leftover money from an existing initiative to include Head Start and special education programs.

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Sexual Harassment

A New Survey Finds 81 Percent Of Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment

Back in October 2017, women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement went viral, spurring a national and global discussion on the issue. Many women have since come forward with their experiences of being sexually harassed by colleagues and bosses, costing influential men in the entertainment industry and the media — including journalists here at NPR — their jobs. And yet, there has been little data collected on the national prevalence of sexual...

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Review: Alfredo Rodríguez, 'The Little Dream'

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page. Alfredo Rodríguez is a figurehead of the new generation of Cuban jazz musicians who observe and honor their roots while constantly seeking new avenues for expression. The 32-year-old pianist's new album, The Little Dream , evokes Keith Jarrett , Jaco Pastorious and Pat Metheny in equal parts, but the rhythms of Cuba, those...

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Classical Music

John Corigliano On Composing At 80: 'An Adagio Is What I Look For' John Corigliano is one of America's most acclaimed composers. He's won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and five Grammys, and he's still hard at work, having turned 80 on Feb. 16. Corigliano grew up with stage fright, even when he wasn't the one taking the stage. His father, violinist John Corigliano Sr., spent 26 years as the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Corigliano remembers he didn't dare sit the the hall when his father played a solo with the...

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Signs Promoting ‘White Identity’ Left On 3 Vermont College Campuses

Three colleges around Burlington report that stickers and posters promoting white nationalist views were left on their campuses. The University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College and Champlain College have denounced the signs and removed them.

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U.S. Women's Hockey Team Wins Gold, Beating Canada In Penalty-Shootout Thriller

Updated at 3 a.m. ET Thursday The U.S. women's hockey team owns Olympic gold for the first time in 20 years, after breaking Canada's remarkable streak of success in a gripping final at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The only previous U.S. win had come in the tournament's first year, in 1998. When the American women finally received their gold medals, they were placed on their necks by former player Angela Ruggiero, who was on the last U.S. Olympic team to win it all. This game was far from...

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In Contrast Podcast

Ilan Stavans in conversation with Karen Werner and Wendy Call

On Zapotec poet Irma Pineda and translation and the loss of language and cultural identity

College Connection

The Age of American Disgrace

Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay on the College Connection.


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Samuel Bowles was a dynamo, known for his wit, intelligence, and dashing good looks.
unknown / Bowles-Hoar Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections,Amherst College

A Long-Ago Letter Conveys Prescient Advice For Turbulent Times

Samuel Bowles was the editor of The Springfield Republican . As a young man in the 1850s, he transformed the Republican into one of New England’s most admired newspapers.

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