Carrie Healy

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Before coming to New England Public Radio, Carrie worked in commercial radio for fifteen years, and for a handful of years in public access television.  In college, Carrie studied early American History and earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has been working at NEPR long enough to have fond memories of editing sound on reel-to-reel tape with a razor blade. In 1996 Carrie contributed original research on 18th century holiday revelry in Deerfield, MA, to Stephen Nissenbaum’s book The Battle For Christmas.  When she's not working, Carrie enjoys tending her flock of sheep, playing the board game Labyrinth, and preparing recipes from her cookbook collection.

Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York.
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MGM Springfield opens its resort casino in just over a week. One nearby casino  -- about 100 miles away in Schenectady, New York -- has been open for about a year and a half.  

William Styron in his writing room on Martha's Vineyard in 1989.
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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. 

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
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A woman has been hired as top editor at The Daily Hampshire Gazette for the first time in the paper's more-than-230-year history.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
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The Massachusetts legislature has called it quits for the year -- kind of.

Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
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With very little time left before Massachusetts lawmakers finish this two-year legislative session, last week marked the start of Senator Karen Spilka’s Senate presidency.

Fresh produce at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
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Updated on July 20, 2018: A temporary solution will allow food stamp recipients to keep using SNAP benefits at farmers markets and food stands through the end of August. The funding comes from the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. Our original reporting is below.

Now that summer is in full swing and farmers markets are abundant with fresh, local produce, the technology that enables people to use food stamps to buy that food faces a major snag. 

A scene from a May 2017 event on Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge between Holyoke and South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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There’s a last-minute push on Beacon Hill to allow local communities in Massachusetts to vote on new regional taxes to pay for their own transportation projects, an option available in most other states.

One hundred dollar bills.
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Last week, we talked about the Massachusetts budget. Another week has elapsed. Are the expectations any better that the conference committee might make a deal this week?

South Hadley, Massachusetts author Enid Sichel holds her book, "Death And Turtles."
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Our summer fiction series continues with a mystery called "Death and Turtles." It takes place during the Depression -- 1934 -- in England. 

Ticking clock.
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Massachusetts is the last state in the country without a permanent spending plan for fiscal year 2019. What do we know about the status of the $41.5 billion budget?

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