One woman’s obsessive collection with old chairs has turned into an exhibit of the work of 30 artists
September 19, 2014
The school that canceled its homecoming semi-formal in response to a sexually suggestive dance craze has scheduled a new dance. But twerking won’t be tolerated at Bennington’s Mount Anthony Union High School.
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.
September 12, 2014
Gubernatorial rivals in Massachusetts Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley are spending time in their campaigns today in Boston. Earlier this week, candidate Coakley won the democratic nomination by a much smaller margin than pollsters and even the campaigns expected.
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.
September 05, 2014
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.
With no incumbent running, the race for Hampden DA appears to be wide open among the four Democrats on the ballot. All of them are white men, in a county where about a third of all residents identify as non-white.
The last time writer Mira Bartok saw her father, a rising star in the literary world of the 1960s, she was four years old. Bartok recently found a recording of her father.
August 29, 2014
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.
It’s game time at UMass Amherst. The Minutemen football team faces Boston College at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. This is the third year since the team made the costly and contentious move up to college football’s top division.
The first in a series of reports on candidates for Massachusetts governor ahead of the September 9th primary election.
August 22, 2014
The state holds its primaries on Tuesday, with the Republican nomination for governor up for grabs.
Most studies about birds focus on wild habitat. But this summer researchers from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington, D.C., are focusing on backyards.
Amherst writer Judith Frank’s new book, “All I Love And Know,” concludes our summer fiction series.
August 15, 2014
Chris Bohjalian says he chose to revolve the entire story around a nuclear disaster. The reason, he says, goes back to 2011 when he was caring for his dying father.