Susannah Whipps, during a meeting with the Springfield Republican editorial board.
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North Quabbin State Rep. Leaves Republican Party

A Massachusetts state lawmaker representing the North Quabbin said she's leaving the Republican Party. Susannah Whipps has served in the state House since 2015, part of the small Republican minority in the Democratic dominated legislature.

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Two boys in Worcester watch the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse.
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During Monday's eclipse, the moon blocked out 65 to 68 percent of the sun in western Massachusetts, but a more dramatic eclipse is on the way.

Fred Venne is the director of the Bassett Planetarium at Amherst College.

"The eclipse that's happening in 2024 is going to more significant in this region," he said. "We'll be looking in the Amherst, Northampton, southern Vermont, northern Connecticut area at about close to 94, 95 percent coverage of the sun. And if you go up to Burlington, Vermont, it will be 100 percent."

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Following the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Silicon Valley tech firms removed far-right groups from search results, cut off their websites and choked their ability to raise money online.

The moves have leaders on the far-right calling for the government to step in and regulate these companies. They have some strange bedfellows in this too — many liberals also are calling for more regulation of the same companies.

On the far-right is Richard Spencer. Most people in the U.S. would find Spencer's political views reprehensible: He is a white supremacist.

On the evening of Sept. 11, 2012, intruders attacked the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. They fired machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Buildings there burned. By the following day, four Americans had died, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Now, almost five years after that deadly episode, one man accused in the attacks is preparing for trial in Washington, D.C.

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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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Jimmy Rowles: "The Guy Every Girl Singer Would Like to Work With."

Tomorrow is Jimmy Rowles's 99th birthday anniversary. The Spokane, Washington, native was quirky, unpredictable, and utterly compelling, making even the most hackneyed standard sound fresh, alive, and better than you'd remembered it. He had a unique harmonic sense that left plenty of room for surprise. He's reputed to have known more tunes than anyone else in the business, and he knew potential when he heard it. Diana Krall took lessons with him in 1983 before she enrolled at Berklee, and he ...

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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: How Tragedy is Remembered - James Young

James Young is the Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst . He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies at UMASS. He has consulted on various public memorials around the world including the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and memorials in Argentina and Norway. In this interview with Ilan Stavans, Professor Young explores...

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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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