Shelley MacInnes, holding pictures of her son, Alex Ciccolo, who faces domestic terrorism charges.
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Two Years After Terrorism Arrest, Ciccolo's Mother Defends Son, Tries To Explain

Alex Ciccolo has been in federal custody since July 4th, 2015. The 24-year-old Adams, Massachusetts, man is charged with attempting to commit domestic terrorism.

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Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Dave Roback / The Republican

It's going to be a busy week on Beacon Hill as Massachusetts lawmakers try to find common ground on some tough topics. The state's fiscal year ends Friday and there's no budget agreement yet. Also, the legislature is aiming to get a recreational marijuana law on the governor's desk this week. But big differences remain between the House and Senate bills, both of which make changes to the voter-passed marijuana law.

We begin the 2017 summer fiction series with a heartfelt look at two world religious leaders.

The author is Roland Merullo from Williamsburg, Massachusetts, and his book is "The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama." 

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Every Friday morning, we feature an interview with an author from New England who’s got a new novel out for those lazy days in the sun.

National & World News

A grand jury has indicted three Chicago police officers on felony charges, accusing them of conspiring to cover up the facts of a fatal police shooting in October 2014 of a black teenager in order to shield their fellow officer.

Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, according to prosecutors.

Since Senate Republicans released the draft of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week, many people have been wondering how the proposed changes will affect their own coverage, and their family's: Will my pre-existing condition be covered? Will my premiums go up or down?

The bill is still a work in progress, but we've taken a sampling of questions from All Things Considered listeners and answered them, based on what we know now.

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News Now Podcast

Varieties of marijuana.
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NEPR News Now Podcast: Pot-Related Crime, A Sanctuary Church, Teenaged Memoir, Supermarket Piersall

NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries.

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Commentary

A Four-Year-Old Helps Her Mother Speak Out

Jun 19, 2017
"Kite Fying" is a 2002 release from Grace Lin.
Courtesy / Grace Lin

Commentator and author Grace Lin recently heard her 4 year old daughter announce matter-of-factly, “I know a lot of things. I’m very smart.”

Lin agreed. But immediately added a word about the value hard work and compassion. Her daughter's response was not what Lin was expecting. 

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The Short List

Springfield's Union Station and the Union Station Parking Garage on March 23, 2017.
David Molnar / The Republican

The Short List: Trains, Pot and Sanctuary Churches

Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. What made The Short List this week?

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Classical Music

John Nowacki and Paul Mealor
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Welsh Composer Paul Mealor and his music

Welsh composer Paul Mealor is one of the most popular choral composers today. His sacred motets, songs and cycles have been performed, broadcast and recorded by artists in the UK, USA and much further afield. Dr. Mealor stopped by the NEPR studios recently to talk about his music with John Nowacki.

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Jazz à la Mode

Tom McClung, Amherst Piano Legend, 1957-2017

To local readers who knew Tom McClung, the news of his death on Sunday at age 60 at his home in Normandy is being greeted with a combination of shock and incredulity. The pianist was a fixture on bandstands throughout the Connecticut River Valley for over twenty years before he moved to Paris in 1997, primarily to assume a permanent role with the Archie Shepp Quartet. Tom's absence left a big hole on the local scene, but he helped us maintain a hope that he was gone only temporarily by...

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More Regional News

The Rev. Tom Gerstenlauer of South Congregational Church in Springfield, explains the sanctuary decision, on June 16, 2017.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican

In Springfield, Mayor And Church Square Off Over Immigration Sanctuary

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on Monday directed city departments to consider public safety and building code violations at South Congregational Church. That's after the church announced it intended to serve as a sanctuary for immigrants who are undocumented and face deportation.

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IN CONTRAST: Where Do Words Come From?

New England Public Radio's newest podcast, In Contrast debuts with a conversation on words and dictionaries with Peter Sokolowski, Editor-at-Large at Merriam Webster . Sokolowski is the author of many definitions for Merriam Webster.

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Future Uncertainties

In this episode, Allyson Morin speaks with NEPR Media Lab and Community Journalism students Kimberly Cruz and Milton Sagardia. Allyson and Milton discuss Milton's fear that budget cuts will end the Gear Up Program while Allyson and Kim explore how language barriers erode the mother-daughter relationship.

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Stories of immigrants and refugees in Western New England.

Words in Transit Podcast Helping Others
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Words in Transit - Helping Others

The final episode of this series of "Words in Transit" features stories of immigrants from Bhutan and Slovenia and their work today to help other new arrivals to this country.

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