Kari Njiiri

All Things Considered Host, Reporter & Jazz Safari Host

Kari is a senior reporter and long-time host and producer of Jazz Safari, a musical journey through the jazz world and beyond, broadcast Saturday nights on New England Public Radio. Born in New York City, and raised in both Kenya and the U.S., Kari first arrived at NEPR as UMass Amherst student fascinated radio's ability to cross geographic and cultural boundaries. Since then, he has worked in several capacities at the station, from board operator and book-keeper, to production assistant and local host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Homeless shelter beds in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

In 2007, Springfield, Massachusetts, set out a plan to end long-term homelessness within 10 years. The following year, officials and advocates from Hamden, Hampshire and Franklin counties came together to craft a similar plan.

Franco Jazz Safari
www.lecongolais.cd

On this week's edition of Jazz Safari, I've re-posted a blog on Congo’s legendary guitarist, singer and bandleader Franco and his song “Attention Na SIDA” (Beware of AIDS) to commemorate World AIDS Day, Saturday, December 1.  

A newspaper serving the North Quabbin region of central Massachusetts for more than eight decades is reducing its publication schedule. 

Marijuana products on a counter at Cultivate in Leicester, Massachusetts, as they're rung up for purchase.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The opening of commercial pot shops in Massachusetts is likely to draw people from neighboring states —like Connecticut — where recreational marijuana is not legal. 

Apples.
Couleur / Public Domain

New England’s apple crop this year is slightly behind last year’s. The New England Apple Association says the crop is down about ten percent from 2017. 

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