Author Crystal Senter-Brown of Chicopee, Mass.
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Back-To-School Book Series: 'A.J. And The Magic Kite' by Crystal Senter-Brown

We continue our back-to-school book series today with "A.J. and the Magic Kite," a picture book about the contributions of African-American inventors.

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks at a news conference on Aug. 15, 2017, about a planned free speech rally Saturday. Gov. Charlie Baker looks on.
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The city of Boston is preparing for what is being called a free speech rally Saturday afternoon on the historic Common. Thousands of counter-protesters are also expected to show up, including some from western Massachusets.

Holyoke resident Rick Purcell and friend will be among a group that will meet in Northampton at 5:30 a.m. to carpool and then caravan to the Boston.

Purcell said he is going to the counter-demonstration because he wants to stand up to white supremacy. He said speaking out is in his legacy.

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At least seven people were wounded by a man with a knife who went on a stabbing rampage in the northern Russian city of Surgut.

No one was killed in the attack in the central Siberian city, but four of those hurt were in serious condition, according to state-run Tass news agency, who cited a regional health official.

Islamic State says the man — shot dead by police — was a "soldier" of the extremist group. However, Russian authorities say psychiatric information on the assailant is being sought, suggesting they believe the claim by ISIS may be opportunistic.

President Trump will skip the annual Kennedy Center Honors this year to allow the "artists to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House said Saturday.

Three of the five artists set to be honored had either expressed a specific intent to boycott the traditional White House reception before the event, or were said to be considering it.

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New England Wildflower Society's Bill Brumback, opening the freezer that acts as the "seed vault," in Framingham, Mass.
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NEPR News Now Podcast: Diversity In Kids' Books, Valuable Seeds, Energy Anger, Eclipse Practice

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

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According to commentator Rober Chipkin, every once in a while the wheels of progress turn so swiftly you don’t realize you’ve come full circle. This happened to him recently, while watching a TV commercial that came on during the news.

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Paul Butterfield at Monterey Pop

One of the most widely-circulated films of Paul Butterfield in action is the footage that D.A. Pennebaker shot of the Butterfield Blues Band performing "Driftin' and Driftin'" at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 17,1967. Butterfield's adaptation of Charles Brown's "Driftin' Blues" became the slow blues staple of his repertoire for the next five years. Brown was the singer-pianist with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, a Nat Cole Trio-style combo that played the blues in Los Angeles supper club...

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Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
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The Short List: Social Media Racism, Yawkey Way Debate, Greenfield Immigration

Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news.

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Classical Music

Songs We Love: From The Mouth Of The Sun, 'Light Blooms In Hollow Space'

Don't bother trying to pigeonhole the music of Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist, who record under the name From the Mouth of the Sun. If their mission in this instrumental miniature is nothing more than beauty itself, they have succeeded on a disproportionate scale. The music in "Light Blooms In Hollow Space" summons exactly what its title suggests. A simple, two-note piano figure ticks like a clock while wheezy organ chords slowly emerge and a sprinkle of ukuleles falls from above. The space...

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The monument to 16 soliders who died in a military plane crash in Peru, Massachusetts, on August 15, 1942.
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Peru, Mass., To Mark 75th Anniversary Of Military Plane Crash

Seventy-five years ago, a military transport plane crashed in a remote section of Peru, Massachusetts, killing 16 of the servicemen on board. The victims will be remembered in a ceremony marking the anniversary, as will the story of how this tiny Berkshire County town rallied to help in the rescue.

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IN CONTRAST: Children are Illogical - Norton Juster

Norton Juster is the author of The Phantom Tollbooth , one of the most beloved children’s books of all time. In this interview with Ilan Stavans, Juster talks about writing , his career as an architect and writing children’s books.

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NEPR Media Lab - No 1 is Illegal

In this episode, Media Lab Podcast explores a world of uncertainty and discord with stories of immigration and deportation.

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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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