Solitary standing cornstalks in a field in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Martha Ackmann noticed many fields had a handful of stalks that hadn't been cut down, and wondered why.
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You’ve seen them, no doubt.  Those solitary corn stalks standing alone in a field. 

George Will
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George Will is a political commentator for The Washington Post, NBC News and MSNBC. The author of fourteen books, his column appears in over 450 newspapers. He’s received numerous awards for his writing including a Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Magdalena Gómez
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Magdalena Gómez, playwright, poet, author, social activist and performer, stopped by the NEPR studios to chat on Tertulia. We spoke about the play “Dancing In My Cockroach Killers” inspired by Gomez’s poetry and monologues. The play was recently performed at Palante Theater Pop Up! in Holyoke by Pregones. In November, the show returns to New York City after traveling to Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Smith College released a report on Monday finding no evidence that racial bias was involved in a controversial incident last summer.

Neon sign for Massachusetts Lottery
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The winning ticket of the $1.5 billion jackpot was bought in South Carolina, but it's actually people in  Massachusetts who get the biggest bang for their buck when they buy a lottery ticket.