Carrie Healy

Weekend Edition Host/Reporter

Before coming to New England Public Radio, Carrie worked in commercial radio for fifteen years, and for a handful of years in public access television.  In college, Carrie studied early American History and earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has been working at NEPR long enough to have fond memories of editing sound on reel-to-reel tape with a razor blade. In 1996 Carrie contributed original research on 18th century holiday revelry in Deerfield, MA, to Stephen Nissenbaum’s book The Battle For Christmas.  When she's not working, Carrie enjoys tending her flock of sheep, playing the board game Labyrinth, and preparing recipes from her cookbook collection.

The Senate Chamber at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
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At the Massachusetts statehouse this week, senators will be busy deliberating the Ways and Means Committee's $40.3 billion budget proposal.

Last week, lawmakers filed more than 1,000 amendments to that bill.

Recognizing that lawmakers will want to get out of Boston well before the Memorial Day weekend, we asked State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy just how they plan to plow through the huge pile of amendments.

Scene from a 2011 performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.
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This weekend on Long Island, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will perform its final show, ending a 146 year run.  

The circus is also at the center of Dave Fromm's book, "The Duration."  It's based in the Berkshires in a fictional town called "Gable" -- modeled on Lenox, Massachusetts -- where the author grew up.  Fromm told us he remembers visiting a traveling circus as a kid.

    

smoking youth cambridge cigarettes tobacco
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This week, the ping-pong game that is the Massachusetts budget moves to the Senate side of the table. The Ways and Means Committee will release its budget recommendations for the fiscal year that begins in less than two months.  

The "Witness Tree" in the Harvard Forest, located in Petersham, Mass.
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Author Lynda Mapes spent a year in the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, chronicling a single tree. This red oak stands in one of the oldest and most intensively studied research landscapes in North America. 

Honey bees.
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts, voters will determine the fate of beekeeping on day two of the annual Town Meeting. One citizens' petition would basically ban beekeeping, by limiting it to agriculturally zoned land west of I-91.

Mark Lantzakis is one of about a half-dozen beekeepers in Longmeadow. He said the proposed restrictions aren't typical for this part of the state. 

"There is not, as far as I know, anything going on in other towns that would bar beekeeping," he said.

A doctor's hands hold a stethoscope.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has said that the Republican health care bill, passed last week by the U.S. House, would mean a massive loss of funds to the state. That bill now heads to the U.S. Senate.  Reporter Matt Murphy from the State House News Service joined us to discuss what steps Baker will likely take in reaction.  

The Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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Amid a dispute brewing over an elephant act in the Melha Shrine Circus coming to Springfield, a Beacon Bill committee this week will be taking up bills dealing with wild and exotic animal acts. Of course, this also comes as the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus is set to close its tent for good.

Reporter Katie Lannan from the Statehouse News Service joined us to discuss some of the legislation being considered.

A timber rattlesnake in Berkshire County, Masachusetts.
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Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news.

What made The Short List this week?

A syringe.
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There's legal uncertainty at this hour about whether Arkansas will be allowed to go ahead with a pair of executions Thursday night. Eight executions had been scheduled to begin on Monday -- and there have been conflicting court decisions since then.

While this has been playing out in court, a western Massachusetts folk singer has been playing a song he wrote called "Eight Men Dying."

Tom Neilson of Greenfield, Mass., is on tour now. He said he played a few gigs in Arkansas earlier this month.

Health factor rankings, by county, in Massachusetts.
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Hampden County finished at the bottom in a public health ranking, again this year.

The report, which is published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, ranks Hampden County 14th out of 14 Massachusetts counties in health factors -- like smoking and obesity -- and outcomes -- like premature death. 

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