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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Third Culture Kid features stories of acclimation and loss from a Palestinian woman and an Irish woman.

Words in Transit
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The second of two podcasts on immigrants that came to the U.S. without documentation. This episode, features the story of an immigrant from Colombia that came here to improve his family’s financial situation and the story of a young man from the Dominican Republic that realized as a teenager that his family was undocumented. 

Springfield Symphony Orchestra Conductor Kevin Rhodes
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Leontyne Price, the revered American opera singer, turned 90 last week. Springfield Symphony Orchestra Conductor Kevin Rhodes has been itching to find a way to celebrate her brilliant career. He’s doing it, at last, Saturday evening.

In her prime, Leontyne Price’s voice was as big as she was a star. Performers who shared the stage with her described it as an avalanche of sound, a cloud filled with silver.

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. New England Public Radio (NEPR), in collaboration with Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College produced Words in Transit, an oral history project collected the personal stories of nearly thirty people who have made this area their new home.

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

Words in Transit
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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.

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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.

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