Food writer T. Susan Chang once saw the actor Gary Oldman take a drink of absinthe in the the 1992 movie version of Dracula. She was the one who became intoxicated, with dreams of tasting the once forbidden spirit and images of 19th Century Paris dancing in her head.
Amalio Jusino has personally responded to about 40 heroin overdose calls in the past 12 months. He’s been able to save a lot of lives, and he’s seen other people die.
Invariably, each time commentator Michael Lawrence-Riddell reads “To Kill a Mockingbird” he finds myself believing this time the jury will listen to Atticus Finch as he epically defends a black man in the south wrongly accused of raping a white woman.
If you put a frog in a pot of room-temperature water and gradually bring the water to a boil, the frog remains in the water and dies. Humans should know better when it comes to this kind of thing says commentator Ellen Moyer.
For most of us, the arrival of Labor Day weekend marks the bittersweet finale to the season of vacation and rest. Our commentator doesn’t feel wistful about summer’s end this year.
Margaret Rubega says sometimes the best way to talk to your teen is to talk less.
In her first commentary for New England Public Radio, writer and educator Tzivia Gover finds insight from students.
For a long time, it was almost a given that farming stayed in the family, but that’s not always the case anymore for young people starting out, including our commentator Rebecca Everett, a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
The rare symptoms of yew poisoning aside, writer Catherine Newman forages annually with her daughter and finds that while humans are hardwired to find nourishment, we’re too hardwired in other ways.
Jury duty calls and commentator Ellen Moyer was idly hanging around the courthouse to see if she was assigned a case. And in the waiting she found some unexpected insight and optimism about the future.
Commentator and high school student fashionista Lauren Padilla is wrapping up her junior year at Longmeadow High. The tradition is, juniors can attend the senior prom. But, for her, there would be no bigger nightmare.
Artwork from the iconic Dick and Jane series was auctioned off earlier this week. Baby boomers well-remember these elementary school primers – some wistfully and some not so much.
As Ilan Stavans sees it, the late author changed the literary world and maybe Latin America itself.
The United States is in the middle of a natural gas boom. This is largely because of fracking, the controversial method for using pressurized fluids to break up rocks to get at the natural gas below.
When Michael Carolan saw Philip Seymour Hoffman on stage, he saw an actor who could deliver every line and gesture of a man living with demons.