Tema Kaiser Silk

Commentary Editor

Tema is the editor for New England Public Radio’s Commentary Series, which she’s been involved with since 2010. A contributing reporter, Silk’s also been involved in launching a couple of news-related special projects for the station: Media Lab, our youth radio project, and Words in Transit, the PRNDI award-winning collection of narratives of immigrants, refugees, asylees and undocumented people living in NEPR's listening area. The various hats she’s worn at the station have allowed her to take advantage of earlier jobs she’s had teaching both as a middle school English teacher and -- long, long ago -- working as a licensed independent clinical social worker. Sometimes, and only when the coast is completely clear, she sings songs from the American Songbook and classical works in the hallways of 1525 Main Street.

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Dance and music inspired by Puerto Rican culture.
Charlie Billups / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/titoytitabillups

 

Dan Román began composing as a young teenager growing up in Puerto Rico. He doesn't know why he started, exactly — just that simply playing instruments wasn't enough.

A great white shark off Mexico.
Brook Ward / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/brookward

Many kids are fascinated by sharks, but most shark books are pitched to younger readers. So Karen Romano Young decided to write a comprehensive book on sharks for older kids.

Angelina Morales holds her Connecticut history chapter book; Chapter 2 is about the African-American dancer, Dollie McLean.
Tema Silk / NEPR

In Connecticut, third- and fourth-graders study the history of their state. In many schools, students choose to research one person or event from an approved list. The people on that list have been mostly men, and all white.

Thomas Schuttenhelm
Tema Silk / NEPR

Today, many composers don't perform on the instruments they write for -- they compose for other musicians. It wasn't that way centuries ago. 

Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

If you were to get to every game of the Hartford Yard Goats this season -- which starts this week -- and arrive before the first pitch, you'd hear 70 different renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner."

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