Tema Kaiser Silk

Commentary Editor

Tema is the editor for New England Public Radio’s Commentary Series, which she’s been involved with since 2010. A contributing reporter, Silk’s also been involved in launching a couple of news-related special projects for the station: Media Lab, our youth radio project, and Words in Transit, the PRNDI award-winning collection of narratives of immigrants, refugees, asylees and undocumented people living in NEPR's listening area. The various hats she’s worn at the station have allowed her to take advantage of earlier jobs she’s had teaching both as a middle school English teacher and -- long, long ago -- working as a licensed independent clinical social worker. Sometimes, and only when the coast is completely clear, she sings songs from the American Songbook and classical works in the hallways of 1525 Main Street.

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Words in Transit
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Family Reunion features stories of two young people who came to the United States to re-unite with their families. Western New England is home to immigrants and refugees from around the globe, and their presence revitalizes the region and redefines its culture. Their journeys have involved fear, uprootedness, and isolation as well as perseverance, creativity, and hope.

Words in Transit
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The story of two families, one from Syria and one from Sri Lanka that came to the United States to create new and better lives.

Words in Transit
Beth Reynolds / NEPR

Survival includes two stories from refugees from Burundi and the Congo that escaped violence in their homeland.

Survival includes two stories from refugees from Burundi and the Congo that escaped violence in their homeland.

Words in Transit
Beth Reynolds / NEPR

We hear an essay on DACA from an undocumented immigrant profiled in episode 2.In this episode, Angelica Merino Monge who came to the U.S. from El Salvador when she was ten years old, shares her story, and how DACA has impacted her life.

Words in Transit
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Survival includes two stories from refugees from Burundi and the Congo that escaped violence in their homeland.

Beth Reynolds / NEPR

Vira Douangmany Cage and Sovann-Malis Loeung came to the United States as children from south-east Asia-Vira from Laos and Sovann-Malis from Cambodia. Their traumatic journeys and early experiences in a new land continue to impact their lives today.

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The story of two Iraqi refugees who were granted political asylum to come to the United States.

Beth Reynolds / NEPR

For many immigrants education is important to their transition and future. In episode 3, Heap Sin, from Cambodia, and Woodlyn Joachim, from Haiti, talk about how teachers and education impacted their lives

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Stories of two young people that came from El Salvador as children. They talk about their journeys here and the challenges of being undocumented.

Photos by Beth Reynolds / NEPR

John Voci, Executive Director of Programming and Content at New England Public Radio, introduces Words in Transit, a podcast of personal stories of nearly 30 people from around the world who have made their new home in western New England.

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