The sounds of Kris Allen on his alto sax can be heard this weekend in Lee, Massachusetts. Allen is an Artist in Residence at Williams College. Alongside some of his students, he’ll perform as part of a Jazz Appreciation Month in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
April 11, 2014
Only one female Democrat holds a governor’s office: New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan. Advocates are determined to add to the total. And their best opportunity, it appears, is in New England.
The trial of Ayyub Abdul Alim began this week in Springfield. More than two years ago he was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a loaded firearm, which he says city police planted on him. Police say otherwise and a group of activists have taken up his case.
Before last January most people across the nation would have said “maple syrup,” “fall foliage” or “skiing” when asked to list the images that come to mind when they think of Vermont. Now “heroin” might also be on that list.
April 04, 2014
For the last year, WBUR has been checking in with Marathon Sports manager Shane O’Hara.
Alan Sager has documented the trends of hospital closings in Massachusetts and nationally for decades.
Agnes Kalibata, a UMass alum, says agriculture is the key to unlocking her country’s potential.
March 28, 2014
Artist Deborah Baronas grew up on the farm fields of South Deerfield, Massachusetts, her inspiration for an exhibit called “Into the Shade” at the Wisteriahurst Museum in Holyoke, Mass.
Two national theater organizations asked 6th through 8th graders around the country to participate in a playwriting contest focusing on bullying. The regional competition in Connecticut took place earlier this month in Hartford.
It’s the season of budgets and potholes for communities in Massachusetts. Cities and towns can fill holes in roads and finances through local aid from the state, but the process of distributing that aid is predictably contentious.
March 21, 2014
Starting this weekend at the Springfield Museums, a group of artists is tipping their hats to 19th Century writers and innovators, in Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City.
As heroin-related arrests and overdoses climb across Western Massachusetts, we meet one recovering addict and his unlikely support system.
March 14, 2014
As the week has gone on, UMass sounded less and less confident in its handling of Blarney Blowout.
Are you mom enough? Writer and editor Avital Norman Nathman, who lives in western Massachusetts, was really tired of seeing this question in the headlines.
Some 80 percent of children who reach the Jewish rite of passage, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, don’t continue to practice Judaism or even go to synagogue. A cadre of educators in the reform movement hope to stop this attrition, they say, by adding meaning and reducing the fanfare.