Kari Njiiri

Senior News Reporter/Jazz Safari Host

Kari is a senior reporter and long-time host and producer of Jazz Safari, a musical journey through the jazz world and beyond, broadcast Saturday nights on New England Public Radio. Born in New York City, and raised in both Kenya and the U.S., Kari first arrived at NEPR as UMass Amherst student fascinated radio's ability to cross geographic and cultural boundaries. Since then, he has worked in several capacities at the station, from board operator and book-keeper, to production assistant and local host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

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A girl walks with a sign near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Women's March.
Anthony Quintano / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/quintanomedi

“Feminism” is not a new word, but it is Merriam-Webster’s 2017 word of the year. The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary said the word “feminism” was looked up on its website 70 percent more this year than last year.

A blackjack game.
Images Money / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/59937401@N07

Registration began Wednesday for a new gaming school for people looking to become table game dealers at MGM Springfield's resort casino, which is scheduled to open next fall. 

Franco Jazz Safari
www.lecongolais.cd

On this week's edition of Jazz Safari, I've re-posted a blog on Congo’s legendary guitarist, singer and bandleader Franco and his song “Attention Na SIDA” (Beware of AIDS) to commemorate World AIDS Day, Friday, December 1.  

The MGM project has been promised to create a minimum of at least 3,000 casino, hotel and other jobs, of which at least 2,200 will be employed on a full-time equivalent basis with benefits.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican

A budget bill signed into law last week could open up jobs in the casino industry for thousands of Massachusetts residents who have had trouble with the law.

Judge Thomas Estes, seen here March 21, 2016, at an arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.
Don Treeger / The Republican

Two investigations are underway involving a Massachusetts court judge accused of sexual harassment. 

A view of the MGM Springfield casino project underway.
Don Treeger / The Republican


The nearly billion-dollar MGM casino in Springfield is slated to open this time next year. That's the company's expectation, and it's certainly the hope of Steve Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

A pregnancy test, faintly positive, which the couple later discovered was expired by six months.
Jason Coleman / Creative Commons

We've all been told that expectant mothers should avoid alcohol and smoking during, and preferably before, pregnancy. Well, what about expectant fathers? 

In this photo from 2014, the Red Sox hosted the Yankees at Fenway Park.
Vegasjon / Creative Commons

With the second half of Major League Baseball's season now well underway, things are starting to get interesting in the American League East. 

Congolese refugee Guylain, 23, left, is greeted by his Catholic Charities caseworker Jowel Iranzi April 5, 2017 at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., where Guylain and his brother Oliver, 26, arrived.
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette

We're beginning to see the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding much of President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration and refugees. The U.S. has now hit the Trump-imposed annual cap of 50,000 refugees. There are exceptions carved out by the Supreme Court, but details remain in flux.

The Rev. Tom Gerstenlauer of South Congregational Church in Springfield, explains the sanctuary decision, on June 16, 2017.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on Monday directed city departments to consider public safety and building code violations at South Congregational Church. That's after the church announced it intended to serve as a sanctuary for immigrants who are undocumented and face deportation.

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