LANGUAGE

On Nov. 27, the Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts hosted a summit on church security. Pictured, Assistant US Attorney Kevin O'Regan, left, talks to attendees.
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This December marked five years since the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty first-graders and six adults were gunned down. 

A girl walks with a sign near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Women's March.
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“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.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation this week in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts schools will now have more options for how they educate students learning the English language, under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law Wednesday.

In a file photo, Elena Danek, right, an English language development teacher at Lt. Clayre P. Sullivan School in Holyoke, Massachusetts, teaches Anthony Hernandez, 13, Poala Viera, 12, and Natacha Hernandez, 12.
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Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a bill to give schools more flexibility to teach students in their native language.

Episode 3 features Tim Parks, noted translator and author. Ilan Stavans and Parks explore the art of translation through their conversation. "Translators are obsessed as a rule with the problem of being faithful," says Parks.  

New England Public Radio's newest podcast, In Contrast debuts  with a conversation on words and dictionaries with Peter Sokolowski, Editor-at-Large at Merriam Webster. Sokolowski is the author of many definitions for Merriam Webster.