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Roxane Gay on the Age of American Disgrace

Feb 21, 2018
Roxane Gay
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Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay’s work has garnered international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a keen eye on modern culture, she critiques its ebb and flow with wit and ferocity. Gay’s essay collection, Bad Feminist, is considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year, and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her debut novel, An Untamed State, was long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Gay released her highly anticipated memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, as well as a collection of short stories titled Difficult Women

Empty classroom with chairs.
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Students are taking part in walkouts across the country on Wednesday following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Massachusetts public schools are on February break, but students are organizing for the next planned walkout, scheduled for March 14.

Radio producer Karen Werner and translator Wendy Call discuss a radio documentary on Zapotec poet Irma Pineda, and explore translation and the loss of language and cultural identity. 

Segments of the radio documentary You Will Not See Me Die were used with the permission of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s series Earshot.

taking a test
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Students in Massachusetts lead the nation in achievement on Advanced Placement exams. 

Samuel Bowles was a dynamo, known for his wit, intelligence, and dashing good looks.
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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.

Solomon Goldstein-Rose celebrates with supporters after his win in the Democratic primary in September 2016.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Amherst, Massachusetts, state Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose made headlines in 2016 when he was elected at the age of 22. Now, he’s making news again, for dropping his Democratic Party affiliation.

Holyoke Public Schools

Schools districts in Massachusetts that have been educating students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million in state funding. 

Opioids
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Pittsfield, Sturbridge, West Springfield, Palmer, and Charlton are among the cities and towns in central and western Massachusetts that are taking legal action against manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

Massachusetts Rep. David Linsky urged his colleagues to advance his "extreme risk protective order" bill, which would create a process to temporarily reduce an individual's access to firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

While President Trump called for schools to be better secured, and expressed a need to address mental health issues, many in Massachusetts are calling for even stricter gun regulation. 

The Connecticut River at Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 3, 2017.
Ryan Caron King / WNPR

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner. 

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