Kaitlin Giorgio, a member of Teach for America, guards the doors at the entrance of the Springfield Honors Academy at the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday, September 11, 2017.
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In Springfield, Massachusetts, A School Divided

On an early Monday morning, a stream of sleepy teenagers wearing maroon polos and tan slacks passed under a decorative gothic arch to enter the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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New Englanders largely missed the brunt of Tropical Storm Jose. It’s moved miles off the coast of Massachusetts and is expected to weaken in those waters. Wind energy advocates say Jose’s path to New England illustrates the ideal location for wind turbines.

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is joining the outcry against the Berkshire Museum's decision to sell 40 works of art from its collection and is putting a hold on the institution's upcoming grant.

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National & World News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union are poised to win Germany's national elections Sept. 24. But for the first time since the Second World War, Germany's Parliament, the Bundestag, also looks set to include an extreme right-wing party — the Alternative fuer Deutschland (Alternative for Germany) or AfD.

Since its founding in 2013, the party, led by economist Alice Weidel and former CDU politician Alexander Gauland, has been shaking up the German political landscape. It is currently represented in 13 of Germany's 16 state legislative bodies.

Tensions continue to mount at the University of California, Berkeley, where a conservative student group is planning to host an event it's calling "Free Speech Week" starting on Sunday.

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News Now Podcast

Some immigrants without authorization who've been victims of crimes may be eligible for a U visa. Here, immigration lawyer Susan Roses, left, reviews documents and with Antonia concerning her U-visa filing.
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NEPR News Now Podcast: Visas For Victims, Sperm Warnings, Statehouse Fairytales, 'Beasts' Book

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

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Commentary

Proof In the Pudding: An Encounter With Modesty

Aug 24, 2017
Corn meal mush.
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Earlier this month, the renowned cookbook editor Judith Jones died in her Vermont home at age 93. Jones is celebrated for editing "Mastering The Art of French Cooking" and introducing Julia Child to the world. Commentator Martha Ackmann once judged a cooking contest with the famous editor.  

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Classical Music

Duo Orfeo guitarist Joseph Ricker (left) & NEPR's John Nowacki (right)
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Duo Orfeo Guitarist Joseph Ricker And Their Newest CD

Guitarists Joseph Ricker and Jamie Balmer comprise the Duo Orfeo. They've been described as "brilliant" and "wild-thinking artists," and are known for bringing to life an eclectic and relevatory classical guitar repertory.

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Jazz à la Mode

Illinois Jacquet
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Jean Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet

Scott Hamilton, the great tenor saxophonist and keeper of the flame, posted concert footage of Illinois Jacquet playing “Blues for Louisiana” on Facebook on September 6.

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Tochi Onyebuchi of New Haven, Conn., is the author of "Beasts Made of Night."
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Back-To-School Book Series: Tochi Onyebuchi's 'Beasts Made Of Night'

We wrap up our back-to-school book series with a tale of good versus evil.

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Media Lab Podcast

NEPR Media Lab - Active Hope

Devyn Moreno starts this podcast off with his piece about the video game, Call of Duty. Diamond Jimenez shares her commentary "Glasses", and finishing with a piece by Wesley Days who interviews his grandmother about growing up in the south during the Jim Crow era.

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IN CONTRAST: An Immigrant’s Story - Edwin Cruz

Edwin Cruz is one of three-quarter of a million Dreamers, young people that immigrated to United States and continue to live here under DACA , the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act signed by President Obama in 2012. Ilan Stavans talks with Edwin in this episode of In Contrast.

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NEPR Back To School Series

Back To School

As summer nears its end — we are going back to school. Find interviews with New England authors of kids books during Morning Edition and online.

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