ELECTION 2018

Connecticut's Democratic candidates for governor, Joe Ganim (left) and Ned Lamont.
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Plenty of Politics To Watch In Connecticut On Primary Tuesday

In Connecticut and Vermont, Tuesday is primary election day. In Connecticut, voters will take the first step to replacing outgoing Governor Dannel Malloy.

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Regional News

Lucio Perez greets friends after arriving back at the First Church of Amherst, Mass., after a visit to the hospital on May 17, 2018.
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Living In Church To Avoid Deportation, Immigrant Teaches Spanish

A Guatemalan man facing deportation took sanctuary at a western Massachusetts church. Now he's teaching Spanish there.

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Connecticut's Democratic candidates for governor, Joe Ganim (left) and Ned Lamont.
Ryan Caron King / Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

In Connecticut and Vermont, Tuesday is primary election day. In Connecticut, voters will take the first step to replacing outgoing Governor Dannel Malloy. 

A weekend washout across much of Massachusetts may have boosted consumer spending — and savings — during a sales tax holiday.

“That keeps people from going to the beach or the pool and they think, ‘Why not do some shopping and stay dry indoors?’ ” said Bill Rennie, vice president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. “It looks like it was a very successful weekend. Some stores are reporting a 40 percent increase over sales for the same weekend last year. Some even well above that.”

Why Mass. Politicians Are Traveling To Central America

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We’re traveling with U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone in Honduras and El Salvador this week as they join immigrant advocates on what’s being described as a fact-finding mission.

Voting in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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There are changes in store for the long-time alternative publication The Valley Advocate. In a cost-cutting move, the Advocate will now be supervised by the arts and culture editor at The Daily Hampshire Gazette

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Holyoke

Screen shot of a video submitted to NEPR by a Holyoke, Mass., resident showing smoke apparently coming from the Sullivan Metals scrapyard on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
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In Holyoke, Plumes Of Orange Smoke Worry Residents

Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is asking environmental regulators to step up their oversight of the Sullivan Metals scrap metal facility on Appleton Street. This comes as neighbors of the scrapyard have complained of orange smoke coming from the facility in recent weeks.

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Back-to-School Series

The Penderwicks At Last
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Jeanne Birdsall's 'Penderwicks' Grow Up And Say Goodbye In Final Book

Our Back to School Series for younger readers begins with Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Jeanne Birdsall and her book, "The Penderwicks At Last."

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Mental Health

William Styron in his writing room on Martha's Vineyard in 1989.
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How The 'Great God Of Depression' Made It OK To Talk About Mental Illness And Creativity

A new podcast called The Great God of Depression tells the story of a famous author, his eccentric neurologist, and the links between creativity and mental illness.

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Supreme Court

What A Justice Kavanaugh Could Mean For The Mueller Investigation And Trump

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh shares one important view with President Trump: Both are deeply suspicious of any attempt to limit the president's power over executive branch officials. That view could have important consequences for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election, which includes allegations of collusion and possible obstruction of justice. Among the most important — and in many legal corners, revered — Supreme Court...

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Agriculture

Farmer Norm Davenport in Shelburne, Massachusetts, can't find enough customers to purchase his hay.
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Letting Hay Rot In A Failing Dairy Farm Economy

In recent years, milk prices have dropped. And dairy farms -- including some in western Massachusetts -- have sold off their cows. Some say their hay customers are disappearing along with the animals.

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Science

From A Million Eggs, Putting Together Clues About Science's Past And Future

Summertime is for road trips. Atlas Obscura teamed up with All Things Considered to travel up the West Coast, from California to Washington, in search of "hidden wonders" — unique but overlooked people and places. One morning a few weeks ago, René Corado was so excited that he forgot to eat breakfast. That day, two antique cabinets were to be delivered to an unremarkable building in an exurban office park in Southern California. It's home to the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology ,...

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Presto!

Aaron N. Price on Presto!

Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with Aaron N. Price, Connecticut composer, co-founder and artistic director of Connecticut Summerfest

In Contrast

Mourning With Words

Ilan Stavans in conversation with Forrest Gander

New Podcast

Audio Novella

The Great God of Depression tells the true story of a literary genius, a brain scientist, and their shared quest to understand the secrets of madness and creativity.

Elections

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Valley Voices Podcast

We’re back with a brand new Valley Voices podcast!

Episode #16 explores the theme of "Landline".

Back-To-School Series

As summer nears its end — we are going back to school

Interviews with New England authors of kids books.

From Springfield to Windsor

Learn about the local impacts of the casinos and gambling.

Tanglewood

The Summer Tradition Continues

New England Public Radio brings listeners music from Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in Lenox, Massachusetts every weekend of the season.

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