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Here's what's happened at the 128th Boston Marathon

It's Marathon Monday, and tens of thousands of runners will make their way along the historic 26.2-mile race route. We'll provide live updates throughout the day, including details on how you can join the throngs of spectators cheering the racers on.
4/16/20246 minutes
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Urban renewal battle in Lawrence pits mayor against city council

Officials are locked in fight over who has the power to transfer city-owned properties. It could be up to a judge to decide who's right.
4/16/20244 minutes, 53 seconds
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Boston Marathon forecast: Not ideal for racers, but spectators get a beautiful day

Beyond the challenge of racing 26.2 miles, participants often face another hurdle: the unpredictable New England weather. While this year's Marathon Monday forecast does not look completely ideal for runners because it will be on the mild side, it's certainly not going to feature anything extreme. Spectators will enjoy a beautiful day.
4/15/20243 minutes, 6 seconds
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What to expect at the 128th Boston Marathon

WBUR's Alex Ashlock talks about the runners to watch and other key details spectators should keep in mind ahead of the marathon Monday.
4/14/20245 minutes, 26 seconds
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Visiting Martin's Park and remembering the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings

On a mild, sunny afternoon earlier this month, grown-ups and children in the playground shared their thoughts about Martin's Park with WBUR's Weekend Edition for this audio postcard.
4/13/20244 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Boston Marathon is every runner's dream, including mine

Barbara Moran, 53, has run five marathons, but the last one was 20 years ago. She gave up running regularly when arthritis began eating away at her knees. What if she could run one more? When Barb started training for Boston, she thought she was trying to hold onto her younger self. Instead, she grew.
4/12/20247 minutes, 46 seconds
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Boston Marathon medical coordinator to retire after almost 50 years working the race

Chris Troyanos has helped race medicine evolve, from how runners are treated for heat stroke to 'massive' planning with hospitals and health officials.
4/11/20246 minutes, 23 seconds
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Never mind the baseball: Red Sox home opener remains a can't-miss event

Twenty years after the 2004 Sox snapped an 86-year championship drought, fans were commemorating that improbable win, even as they worried this season will disappoint.
4/10/20243 minutes, 35 seconds
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Eclipse viewers in northern New England express joy, awe and emotion

As part of the New England News Collaborative, reporters spoke with several viewers across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. They captured the joy, awe and emotion of the rare celestial event. 
4/9/20244 minutes, 19 seconds
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One teen's mission to bring images of the eclipse back to Greater Boston

For the many who'll remain far away from the eclipse's 'path of totality,' a 17-year-old science enthusiast hopes to offer a digital front row seat — in the form of a high-resolution livestream of the event viewed from Burlington, Vermont.
4/8/20242 minutes, 33 seconds
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Red Sox pitcher Keith Foulke reminisces on 2004 World Series championship

Closing pitcher, Keith Foulke, along with the rest of the 2004 championship-winning Red Sox team will be honored at Fenway Park for the home opener on Tuesday. Foulke took some time to chat with WBUR's Weekend Edition about the legendary post-season.
4/6/20245 minutes, 4 seconds
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Vermont science museum prepares for its eclipse 'Super Bowl'

The ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain expects 1500 visitors for its eclipse event that's been in the works for a year.
4/5/20244 minutes, 10 seconds
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Edgar Allan Poe's final woes revived in a forgotten opera 

The horror writer was born in Boston in 1809, then died 40 years later — destitute and delirious — in Baltimore. Poe’s final days are being conjured by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in "The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe."
4/5/20244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Primary care wait times grow in Mass., pushing some patients to ERs

It is a frustrating reality for primary care providers and patients alike. Many people are waiting longer to see their doctors — often weeks or months, if they can find an appointment at all — even as clinicians say they are trying to help all the patients they can.
4/3/20244 minutes, 7 seconds
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Red Sox's Lucchino remembered for transforming Fenway Park and team

Lucchino's former colleague and friend, Charles Steinberg, was executive vice president of the Sox. He remembered his friend as a visionary who went "five for five" in building or transforming iconic baseball stadiums, including Fenway Park.
4/2/20246 minutes, 28 seconds
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Franklin Park greenhouse readies for spring planting

The city’s old, sprawling greenhouse is located in Franklin Park, made up of 16 structures housing thousands of plants. Boston is one of the only major cities that has its own greenhouse and focuses on homegrown landscaping.
4/2/20244 minutes, 45 seconds
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Samaritans in Boston marks 50 years of working to prevent suicide

Samaritans answers calls made to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, as well as running a dedicated text support service for young people, community suicide prevention education and grief support programs. The local center has answered more than 3 million calls, chats and text messages since its founding 50 years ago.
4/1/20247 minutes, 50 seconds
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MassGOP chair Carnevale works to rebuild a state party where MAGA battles the moderates

A year into her role as chair, Carnavale is raising money, righting the MassGOP's finances and looking to unify a divided party, even as she faces pushback from the party's pro-Trump flank.
4/1/20245 minutes, 11 seconds
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These energy suppliers say they can save you money. Regulators say it’s a scam

Massachusetts legislators are considering a bill to enact a first-in-the-nation ban on competitive suppliers selling electricity. Gov. Maura Healey, Attorney General Andrea Campbell and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu all support the bill. But some say the third-party electric supply industry just needs more regulation.
4/1/20244 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why New Englanders are nuts for Teddie peanut butter

After nearly a century on the local market, Teddie peanut butter has developed something of a cult following in New England.
3/30/20246 minutes, 28 seconds
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For one night only, a $100 million orchestra takes the stage

In a special concert, A Far Cry chamber orchestra teams up with Reuning & Son Violins to perform an entire program on rare instruments by legendary luthiers like Stradavarius, Amati and Guarderi.
3/29/20244 minutes, 25 seconds
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For March Madness, this Massachusetts mom is cheering on her UConn Husky, Alex Karaban

As March Madness descends on TD Garden Thursday night, a small army of friends and family will be rooting for UConn Husky forward and Massachusetts native Alex Karaban -- including his mom
3/28/20242 minutes, 48 seconds
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Don't let the rats run Boston: Here's how to keep your home and car safe

“It all comes down to the trash. It's their food. So, look for the trash piles and you'll find the rats,” said Marieke Rosenbaum, with Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
3/28/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Vermonters going all in on the eclipse, from a church to a septic company

The total solar eclipse passing over the northern half of Vermont could bring over 100,000 visitors and millions of dollars to the state. Lots of places are trying to get in on the action.
3/27/20244 minutes, 15 seconds
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Inside Brockton High, students meditate on moving forward after months of turmoil

As Brockton High students and staffers cope with media attention surrounding problems with school violence, students reflect on the progress and positive aspects of their daily school lives.
3/27/20244 minutes, 48 seconds
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As Red Sox rebuild, fans can build character, novelist says

Novelist and Red Sox fan Leslie Epstein directed Boston University's creative writing program for decades. Speaking with WBUR's Weekend Edition, he said great writing teaches us that rooting for a losing team can — possible — build character.
3/23/20244 minutes, 57 seconds
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'Hallyu!' at the MFA rides the South Korean culture wave

Cars, circuitry and communications technologies are among South Korea's biggest exports. But it's the country's cultural offerings that are the focus of an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
3/22/20243 minutes, 46 seconds
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In a first, doctors at Mass General transplanted a pig kidney into a living patient

Doctors say the patient, a 62-year-old-man is recovering well from the surgery. It is seen as a milestone and a potential solution to the worldwide shortage of human organs for patients who need transplants.
3/22/20242 minutes, 48 seconds
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Boston researcher says impact of MBTA Communities zoning requirement are overstated

Luc Schuster, executive director of the Boston Indicators Research Center at the Boston Foundation, argues everyone is making a bigger deal out of this law than it needs to be. He joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy to explain why. 
3/22/20244 minutes, 43 seconds
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Sarah-Ann Shaw, first Black woman TV reporter in Boston, dies at 90

Shaw was the first Black woman reporter on TV news in Boston, starting in 1969. She worked at WBZ for more than 30 years. She was born in the city and lived in Roxbury her entire life. Shaw died Thursday at her home. She was 90.
3/21/20244 minutes, 14 seconds
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Iftar dinners at MIT mark Ramadan while mourning lives lost in Gaza

WBUR's Morning Edition team stopped an iftar dinner held by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Muslim Students Association to talk to students about marking Ramadan while also mourning for the people of Gaza and navigating tensions on campus.
3/20/20243 minutes, 33 seconds
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Coolidge Corner Theatre’s new expansion is ready for its close up

The historic Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline is a beloved throwback to the classic era of moviegoing. Now, after a decade of fundraising, designing and construction, the art deco movie house’s shiny, new expansion is ready to welcome patrons.
3/20/20246 minutes, 41 seconds
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Taylor Swift college classes are a thing now

Popular classes at Harvard and Berklee College of Music use Taylor Swift as a tool to teach songwriting, literature and cultural analysis.
3/19/20246 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dreaming of sleep? You could try a 'sleep vacation'

From pillow menus to sleep rituals, for National Sleep Awareness Month we pull back the covers on “sleep tourism.”
3/18/20245 minutes, 4 seconds
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AG Campbell says Milton can't 'pick and choose' which laws to abide by

Milton's opposition to a new Massachusetts law to increase housing near mass transit stations has several layers and arguments. But Attorney General Andrea Campbell said the town can't pick and choose which laws to follow.
3/14/20245 minutes, 14 seconds
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Pressure builds to end legacy preferences in college admissions

Even if a state ban doesn't become law this year, education policy experts say the effort could play an important role in challenging a practice that impedes equitable access to selective schools — and is politically toxic.
3/14/20245 minutes, 19 seconds
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Your inhaler saves lives, but its puffs hurt the planet

In an emergency, an inhaler can save a life. But the gas it releases contributes to global warming. Each of the most commonly prescribed inhalers has about the same climate warming impact as driving 100 miles in a gas-powered car. So doctors are starting to offer patients alternatives.
3/14/20244 minutes, 14 seconds
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Haitians in Mass. worry as violence on the island nation gets worse

Massachusetts has the third-largest community of Haitian immigrants in the United States. The population has grown over the last couple of years, as there's been a surge of people fleeing Haiti. Recently, the turmoil in the tiny island nation has gotten worse.
3/8/20244 minutes, 52 seconds
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A project in Mass. tests a future for gas utilities without fossil fuels

Eversource is building the country's first gas utility-led networked geothermal system in Framingham. Environmentalists hope it can be a model for other gas utilities to wean themselves off of fossil fuels.
3/8/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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Boston reparations task force will not complete work by end-of-year target

The task force's chair said the group is still gathering research and does not expect to make its recommendations until 2025.
3/8/20244 minutes, 23 seconds
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Mass. House approves bill that caps how long people can stay in emergency family shelters

The Massachusetts House has approved a bill that puts a new cap on how long people can stay in the state's emergency family shelters. Most people would only be eligible for nine months of shelter under the proposal.
3/7/20243 minutes, 42 seconds
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At Biden's State of the Union, Boston teacher joins Pressley to highlight debt forgiveness

The Biden administration has made an unprecedented dent in the trillion-dollar student debt problem. But Pressley and her guest say there’s a need to do more to free working people from what can become a never-ending financial trap.
3/7/20242 minutes, 53 seconds
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Mass. promised to 'significantly reduce' public housing vacancies. The effort barely made a dent

After a 2023 WBUR and ProPublica investigation found that almost 2,300 state-funded apartments were sitting empty, the state promised action within 90 days. But it failed to fix key problems, leaving many families still waiting for a home.
3/7/20243 minutes, 51 seconds
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Few surprises on Super Tuesday results in Massachusetts

As expected, President Joe Biden easily won the Democratic primary in Massachusetts Tuesday. And on the Republican side, former president Donald Trump prevailed decisively against challenger Nikki Haley (who is expected to announce she's suspending her campaign later Wednesday). 
3/6/20244 minutes, 5 seconds
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Brockton resident and NAACP board member says issues at high school stem from mental health

National NAACP board member Michael Curry is also a Brockton resident whose two sons recently graduated from the school, and has been outspoken about issues there. He joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy to talk more about this.
3/5/20244 minutes, 15 seconds
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Finding Boston's 'Comrade Sisters' of the Black Panther Party

Over 50 years ago, three siblings had their picture taken by official Black Panther Party photographer Stephen Shames. Now, that photo is on a wall at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The quest to ID the photo started after it was put on display.
3/5/20244 minutes, 45 seconds
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How Mass. progressives are getting ready for Super Tuesday

With the outcome here not in doubt, and the campaigns focusing on "swing-states," voters here are looking for other ways to make their voices heard.
3/4/20244 minutes, 55 seconds
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'Voting is personal': Advocates encourage voter participation in Massachusetts

Local voter participation advocates are urging residents to cast ballots in the presidential primaries.
3/4/20244 minutes, 55 seconds
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Life imitates art for actor Petey Gibson in A.R.T.’s ‘Becoming A Man’

Gibson got his start in Cambridge’s underground theater scene. Now he returns as the main character in P. Carl’s play about his mid-life gender transition.
3/1/20242 minutes, 28 seconds
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I was the first baby born via IVF in the U.S. For the first time in my 42 years, ‘I feel like an endangered species’

No one understands better than the infertility community that embryos are not children, writes Elizabeth Carr. Success in IVF means bringing home a baby, not solely creating embryos.
3/1/20243 minutes, 56 seconds
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With plan to move O’Bryant school shelved, many are relieved but question what's next

While many community members are happy that Boston’s most diverse exam school will no longer relocate to West Roxbury, it leaves the O’Bryant School of Math and Science in a building that everyone agrees is inadequate.
2/29/20245 minutes, 36 seconds
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Embrace Boston report details legacy of systemic racism and how to redress the harms it causes Black residents

The report breaks down the harm, or injury, inflicted on Black residents into seven areas, including health, education, housing and transportation.
2/29/20244 minutes, 44 seconds
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A landlord's 2-year, $80,000 effort to evict a non-paying tenant

“There are people who know how to make the system fail for a property owner,” said Doug Quattrochi, head of the nonprofit MassLandlords.
2/27/20247 minutes, 42 seconds
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Trump, Haley and the Mass GOP's future is on the primary ballot

Trump is the dominant force among the Massachusetts GOP, but Nikki Haley supporters insist the fight for the nomination is not over.
2/26/20244 minutes, 40 seconds
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Steward Health Care has kept financial information secret for years. Now, it faces a demand

Massachusetts requires all hospital systems to disclose detailed financial statements every year. But almost a decade ago, Steward stopped complying with this rule, according to state officials. Steward failed to hand over its documents by the Healey administration's deadline Friday.
2/23/20242 minutes, 47 seconds
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Community behavioral health centers in Mass. see big demand for one-stop mental health care

The 26 centers, spread across Massachusetts, are part of a state initiative to increase access to mental health care.
2/22/20247 minutes, 1 second
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Study: 42% of American adults know someone who died from an overdose

An estimated 42% of adults in the U.S. — roughly 125 million people — know at least one person who has died of a drug overdose, according to a RAND Corporation study published Wednesday that demonstrates the sweeping effects of America’s drug overdose crisis.
2/22/20243 minutes, 55 seconds
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How Boston played an 'instrumental' role in the Underground Railroad

Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy sat down with historian Kellie Carter Jackson to learn a piece of Boston's Black History. She's an associate professor at Wellesley College who focuses on slavery and abolition and a historian in residence for the Museum of African American History in Boston.
2/22/20244 minutes, 31 seconds
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Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals celebrates its 175th student production

Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! was part of the club and productions when he was a student at Harvard in the 1980s. He looks back in conversation with WBUR's Lisa Mullins and the theater group's current president, Josh Hillers.
2/22/20247 minutes, 11 seconds
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How cold water became my solid ground

I thought getting in freezing cold water would be miserable and hard, and it was. But after a while, it became a near-daily exercise in redefining myself, writes Libby DeLana. When I got in the water, I could see myself clearly.
2/21/20246 minutes, 12 seconds
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Pregnant newcomers to Mass. can face hurdles when seeking care

New immigrant families arrive in Massachusetts every day, with no place to live. The family shelter system the state runs has been filled beyond capacity for months. These newly-arrived families need medical care. And getting it has been a huge challenge, especially for pregnant women.
2/15/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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Milton vote could harm efforts to expand affordable housing across state, says UMass Boston prof.

Milton is the only one of twelve communities in Greater Boston that failed to comply with the MBTA Communities Act by the end of 2023, as the law mandated. UMass Boston Prof. Michael Johnson says he fears that will embolden other communities to defy the law, which believes is a good law that will increase the supply of affordable housing.
2/15/20243 minutes, 43 seconds
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Milton voters reject multifamily rezoning plan

The plan would have brought the town into compliance with a state law that requires towns and cities along MBTA corridors to allow for higher density housing.
2/15/20244 minutes, 24 seconds
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How the immigration debate is roiling Mass. politics

In one local example, Republican Peter Durant won his election last year to the state Senate after immigration became a dominant topic in the campaign.
2/15/20244 minutes, 49 seconds
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One-way streets, the T and hip-hop on the radio. Your letters to Boston

What are the snapshot moments that make Boston home? Is it navigating a maze of one-way streets from memory? Walking through Forest Hills Cemetery with a giant iced Dunkin’? Memories of your Boston neighborhood? We asked, you answered. These are your letters to Boston.
2/14/20247 minutes, 40 seconds
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The key to a penguin's heart? Oily fish and a plastic crate

The New England Aquarium participates in a species survival plan to protect endangered African penguins from extinction. A key part of the program is carefully controlled breeding to preserve the species’ genetic diversity.
2/14/20243 minutes, 21 seconds
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Boston's storm was a bust, but Blue Hill skiers fared better

Officials at Blue Hills Ski Area said Tuesday's snowfall was a welcome break from creating man-made snow.
2/14/20243 minutes
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'Vinegar Valentines' were a way to share anti-love with others

The “Hallmark” holiday brings its annual run on mushy, sentimental cards of the “sugar is sweet, and so are you” variety. But there was a time when people sent and received some pretty vicious valentines. Historian Susan Benjamin takes us back to the Victorian era through this audio time capsule.
2/14/20246 minutes, 7 seconds
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Nor'easter to deliver highest snow to the Cape as storm track shifts south

The low pressure center is now forecasted to be weaker, and as a result, snowfall rates will be lower. In Boston, around 3 inches seems likely, ramping up to 4 to 6 inches on the South Shore and 6 to 8 inches on Cape Cod.
2/13/20244 minutes, 16 seconds
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Cape Cod's 'power couple of pee-cycling' wants you to save that liquid gold

Cape Cod communities are spending millions to install sewers and upgrade wastewater treatment plants. But a growing number of people say urine diversion or "pee-cycling" deserves a closer look. The town of Falmouth is leading the way.
2/13/20245 minutes, 58 seconds
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Cape Cod needs to clean up its water. The solutions could cost billions

Cape Cod’s iconic bays and ponds have suffered from decades of wastewater pollution, mostly coming from people’s homes. Tough new regulations are forcing communities on the Cape to clean up the water, but two of the most prominent solutions come with hefty price tags.
2/12/20245 minutes, 52 seconds
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Expected snow totals shift slightly lower as nor'easter's track wobbles south

A high impact storm will arrive Monday night and last through the day Tuesday, dropping perhaps the largest snowstorm for the city of Boston in nearly two years.
2/12/20244 minutes, 48 seconds
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A South End barber offers ‘gender-affirming’ haircuts and a safe space for the queer community

“People feel good after a haircut. Everybody does. And I think it's because they feel, like, more affirmed in their appearance, and gender presentation is part of your appearance," says M Arida, who works as a barber in Boston's South End and has gained a social media following for their gender-affirming haircuts.
2/9/20244 minutes, 20 seconds
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How Mass. officials can help prevent medical facilities from collapsing

The struggling financial situation at Steward Health Care has raised questions about oversight and what the state might do to preserve hospitals. Alan Sager, Boston University professor of health law, policy and management joins WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about what the officials can to do to protect medical facilities around the state. 
2/9/20244 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tracing the path to Massachusetts for thousands of new Haitian immigrants

Massachusetts has seen a dramatic increase in the number of immigrants moving to the state, and local officials say it is straining the state's safety net. While each person has their own story, experts say there are consistent patterns in the path here and the motivations.
2/9/20246 minutes, 4 seconds
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Seiji Ozawa, the Red Sox-loving maestro who led the BSO for 29 years, has died

The unconventional maestro who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra longer than any other music director died of heart failure at the age of 88.
2/9/20248 minutes, 36 seconds
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Towns around Quabbin Reservoir should be better compensated for sacrifices, say lawmakers

There's a move on Beacon Hill to correct what some lawmakers say is an injustice that dates back nearly 100 years, to when the state created the enormous Quabbin Reservoir.
2/8/20245 minutes, 18 seconds
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Newton teacher strike offers lessons and a cautionary tale

With the Newton teacher strike over, statewide union leaders said they expect more districts elsewhere to demand that student mental health supports be included in new contracts.
2/6/20242 minutes, 7 seconds
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As Steward Health flails, once-supporters of Ralph de la Torre now criticize the CEO

Many in the health care industry were unwilling to speak on the record about de la Torre, but in a dozen interviews, some blamed the company's flagging finances on greed. And some are taking particular aim at de la Torre, including those who helped propel his career.
2/6/20244 minutes, 45 seconds
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How political leaders decided to take over a Roxbury recreation center to shelter migrants

For two weeks, state and city officials evaluated a number of sites. The Melnea Cass Recreational Complex had all the elements they needed, but everyone knew local residents would be angered at losing use of the facility until summer. Previously, temporary shelters were housed in unused buildings.
2/5/20243 minutes, 12 seconds
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Massachusetts overflow shelters, as seen through one family’s eyes

Since arriving in Massachusetts in mid-December, John's family has been on a harrowing journey. With their young daughter, he and his wife spent 12 nights sleeping on the hard floor at Logan Airport. Now, they're staying at an overflow shelter that's only open at night, and has just two bathrooms for roughly 200 people.
2/5/20244 minutes, 13 seconds
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Meet the audio magicians behind a local, Grammy-nominated classical album

A team of Boston-based audiophiles crafted “A Gentleman of Istanbul,” which is up for Best Engineered Classical Album, and was recorded at a hidden gem of a studio in Roslindale.
2/3/20247 minutes, 10 seconds
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A music festival at Club Passim reclaims folk music's Black roots

Boston rapper Cliff Notez curated the two-night We Black Folk Festival, which features an expansive lineup of Black performers — many of them local — ranging from singer-songwriters to indie rockers.
2/2/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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City and nonprofit workers blanket Boston to conduct annual homeless census

The census gathers information that helps the government and nonprofits plan and fund anti-homelessness programming. Census teams also connect people on the streets with services and give them food and other supplies.
2/2/20244 minutes, 33 seconds
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Steward's financial woes raise questions about for-profit health care

While the fate of Steward Health Care's nine hospitals in Massachusetts remains in doubt, lawmakers and others are discussing the precarious state of the medical system. Many are pointing fingers at the role of for-profit companies, like Steward, in health care.
2/1/20242 minutes, 49 seconds
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‘Shame on Us’: How Maine Struggles to Handle Troubled Youth

Even as fewer teens are being prosecuted, the state is not providing enough intervention, rehabilitation and other help.
2/1/20245 minutes, 11 seconds
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Voices, not vinyl: artist transforms a jukebox into a storytelling machine

A Boston-based artist has made a one-of-a-kind jukebox in Cambridge — one that plays stories from local residents. Hear from the artist behind the project and the people who lent their voices.
1/31/20244 minutes, 28 seconds
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Mass. leaders scramble to plan for potential Steward hospital closures

The ripples of financial difficulties at Steward have been felt by its employees, vendors, state officials and patients for years, but the state is now scrambling to prepare for what could become a tsunami if the for-profit company shutters some, or all, of its Massachusetts hospitals.
1/26/20243 minutes, 2 seconds
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More than 80 years after Pearl Harbor, Holyoke native is sent home for full military burial

Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class Merle Hillman died at Pearl Harbor in 1941, but his remains were only identified late last year, using DNA technology. This Saturday, several of his remaining family members will bury him in his hometown of Holyoke, accompanied by full military honors.
1/26/20244 minutes, 9 seconds
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Families take shelter in Logan Airport as emergency shelter waitlist grows

Roughly 100 to 200 people have been sleeping on the floors of Boston's Logan Airport on recent nights, turning the travel hub into a de facto shelter. As WBUR's Gabrielle Emanuel reports, experts are raising concerns for the families and for airport security.
1/26/20245 minutes, 8 seconds
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Climate Superfund Act would make oil companies pay for climate damages in Vermont

After a year of historic flooding, some Vermont lawmakers and environmental advocates are pushing for the state to create a new program similar to the federal Superfund program to pay for climate damages with money from big oil companies.
1/25/20245 minutes, 24 seconds
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Does New Hampshire's primary still hold the same sway in politics?

New Hampshire voters on Tuesday gave former President Trump a big boost toward securing the Republican presidential nomination for the third time — even as his challenger, Nikki Haley, says she's not giving up. At least not yet.
1/24/20244 minutes, 38 seconds
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'Beyond terrible': With overflow shelters full, families huddle in cars and at Logan

More than 590 families are on the waitlist for the Massachusetts family shelter system. Recently created overflow sites have space for fewer than half of them. One homeless advocate called the situation "barbaric."
1/24/20244 minutes, 37 seconds
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Takeaways from the New Hampshire primary

Anthony Brooks joins WBUR's Morning Edition to detail the results and feelings from voters in New Hampshire following the first-in-the-nation primary.
1/24/20244 minutes, 19 seconds
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'A way to escaping': Cape Cod prisoners hit the books in jail library

Falmouth's acting library director is volunteering to reorganize the library in the Barnstable County jail, which fell into neglect during the pandemic, when the jail lost its librarian.
1/23/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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Community college aid pushes enrollment — and strains staffs

The free tuition program has brought more than 5,000 new students to Massachusetts 15 community colleges. For many, the increase is exciting. But it's also straining some schools' short-staffed financial aid and enrollment offices.
1/22/20244 minutes, 44 seconds
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In downtown Boston, whimsical pop-up public art delights and disquiets

Giant inflatable clown heads, a 60-foot whale and eerily realistic statues are part of a bid to increase wintertime foot traffic in downtown Boston.
1/19/20245 minutes, 31 seconds
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New Hampshire primary is now a contest between Trump and Haley

Ahead of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, Haley has sharpened some of her comments on Trump: "At the end of the day, it's the drama and the vengeance and the vindictiveness that we want to get out of the way."
1/19/20243 minutes, 54 seconds
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How Harvard Crimson journalists delivered ‘indispensable’ coverage of the university’s leadership crisis

On churning out story after story and scooping many national news outlets: “We have a perspective as student journalists at Harvard that really nobody else has,” says managing editor Miles Herszenhorn.
1/19/20244 minutes, 22 seconds
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Mass. high court justice delays hearings in high-end sex ring case

Lawyers for John Doe #1-13 objected to documents about their alleged crimes being made public and said they were "private citizens who face adverse and embarrassing collateral consequences if their name and image are published."
1/18/20243 minutes, 53 seconds
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Gov. Healey focuses on housing, education in State of the Commonwealth address

The speech, delivered Wednesday evening, bounced between hailing the accomplishments of her first year and setting the agenda for her second, and was laden with specific figures and pitches for new legislation.
1/18/20243 minutes, 32 seconds
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In Chinatown, an artist makes monuments to the people who built the neighborhood

Wen-ti Tsen, 88, is undertaking the arduous task of transforming his clay models of Chinese workers into bronze statues.
1/17/20244 minutes, 34 seconds
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Independents and Democrats could help Haley catch Trump in N.H. primary

Nikki Haley has a chance at an upset victory in the first-in-the-nation primary. But she'll need cross-over voters to help her defeat former President Trump.
1/16/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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Patriots superfan reflects on turning point in franchise

Mark Feigenbaum of Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, has been a Patriots season ticket holder since the 1970s and gone to all 11 Patriots Super Bowl appearances. In 1996, the Patriots named him Fan of the Year. Feigenbaum joined WBUR's Weekend Edition to share his thoughts on the end of the Bill Belichick era and hopes for the future.
1/15/20244 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bill Belichick is a legend — and a relic

Bill Belichick is a relic of a Patriots era that no longer exists and can no longer be recreated, writes Khari Thompson.
1/12/20244 minutes, 30 seconds
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Adults younger than 21 cannot be sentenced to life without parole, Mass. Supreme Judicial Court rules

It's estimated that some 300 people in Massachusetts are serving life without parole sentences for murders committed before they were 21 years old.
1/11/20244 minutes, 29 seconds
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With Belichick's departure, it's the end of an era for the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are looking for a new head coach after more than two decades.
1/11/20244 minutes, 51 seconds
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At Body, Stone and Soul, good vibes and crystals take center stage

Body, Stone and Soul is Boston's only Black-owned brick and mortar metaphysical shop. They sell spiritual items, from sage to candles and, of course, crystals.
1/11/20243 minutes, 33 seconds
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Christie drops presidential bid

It's unclear what the announcement might be, but Christie has been under intense pressure to exit the Republican presidential primary race as critics of Donald Trump work to unify behind a viable alternative to the former president.
1/11/20244 minutes, 18 seconds
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Wu promises more housing, progress in schools during State of the City address

Wu waited out protesters before touting her administration's efforts around combating addiction and homelessness, improving schools and pressing for more affordable housing in the city.
1/10/20244 minutes, 34 seconds
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What to know about this weekend's snowstorm

Flurries are expected to start Saturday afternoon, with the heaviest snow coming after 8 p.m. into early Sunday morning.
1/5/20242 minutes, 25 seconds
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A small but powerful exhibit showcases Faith Ringgold's work in Worcester

For the first time in nearly 15 years, a solo show of the artist's work comes to New England.
1/5/20243 minutes, 50 seconds
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Harvard's troubles are 'self-inflicted,' says crisis management consultant

Simon Barker, who consults colleges and universities on crisis management, says Harvard committed several missteps in addressing the Hamas attack on Israel and resulting fallout, as well as plagiarism allegations against now-former President Claudine Gay.
1/4/20246 minutes, 32 seconds
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3 views from inside Harvard on Claudine Gay's resignation

WBUR reporters reached out to several members of Harvard’s faculty for their reactions to the news of Claudine Gay's resignation as president of Harvard University after only six months on the job. Here's what they said.
1/3/20244 minutes, 35 seconds
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Claudine Gay resigns as Harvard president, following weeks of controversy

The decision comes after months of controversy about Gay's handling of pro-Palestinian protest on campus and mounting allegations of plagiarism in her academic work as a political scientist. And it represents a jolting reversal of course atop America's oldest university: Harvard's top governing board had announced plans to stand by Gay in mid-December.
1/3/20245 minutes, 24 seconds
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L Street Brownies' chilly swim is an old tradition for New Year's Day

A bunch of people wearing next to nothing gathered on a South Boston beach and jumped in the water on New Year's morning. Here's why.
1/1/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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Mass. fined local housing authorities $4 million for leaving units empty. But most were forgiven, or forgotten

The fines are one of the state's main tools to push local housing agencies to fill empty units, but they were largely meaningless for years because the state failed to enforce them.
12/28/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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How 'greener' steam could help Boston buildings cut climate-warming emissions

A century-old steam pipe network provides heating for over 200 large buildings in Boston and Cambridge. Greening the steam generation could help building owners lower their carbon footprint, since heating accounts for roughly half of those building's emissions.
12/27/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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Newton-based artist puts a feminist perspective on 'masterpieces'

"Lay of the Land" at the Museum of Fine Arts is Dinorá Justice's first-ever museum show. Her paintings of feminine silhouettes, set over marbled backgrounds, reimagine art historical works from a feminist perspective.
12/26/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Families asking Globe Santa for help reflect the world's stresses and hope

Globe Santa has been delivering toys and books to children in need since 1956. This year, families asked for help due to fallout from the COVID pandemic, the war in Ukraine, homelessness, disability and other struggles.
12/22/20235 minutes, 13 seconds
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When oysters were king on Christmas

Oysters became a bonafide holiday favorite in the late 19th century. “And the reason for that came with the celebration of Christmas becoming a more elaborate affair,” says food historian Susan Benjamin. “And how could you leave out – even for a moment – something that was so important, and so versatile, as the New England oyster?”
12/22/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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As investors lurked, mobile home residents in western Mass. bought their park

Mobile home parks have become an attractive investment for firms across the country, often leaving residents facing rent increases or even eviction. But in Massachusetts, park residents are able to stop these deals, by matching any bid that comes in.
12/22/20232 minutes
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How iconic bakeries in Boston's North End have made their beloved cannolis for generations

Whether you like your cannoli to be traditional, a funky flavor, or the Florentine variety, there are lots of choices, special touches and loads of history that go into making Boston's cannolis the cream of the crop.
12/21/20237 minutes, 16 seconds
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Scion of woodworkers is first woman chosen for centuries-old trade group Paul Revere founded

More than two centuries ago, silversmith Paul Revere helped start a group to boost skilled craftsmen. The Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association still exists today, but over all these years, the group has never welcomed a woman into its ranks — until now.
12/21/20234 minutes, 17 seconds
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Soon to retire, the last lighthouse keeper in the U.S. fondly reflects on Boston Light

After two decades on the job, Sally Snowman plans to retire this month at age 72. The historic Boston Light will be sold to a private owner who will be required to preserve the lighthouse.
12/20/20234 minutes, 15 seconds
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Local Catholics react to the pope permitting same-sex 'blessings'

Local Catholics and advocates have mixed reactions to Pope Francis' decree allowing priests to bless same-sex couples. The new rule is a step toward inclusion, but doesn't allow priests to officiate gay weddings. Many see it as a welcome shift, even as the sting of the church's long opposition to gay unions remains. 
12/19/20233 minutes, 17 seconds
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'Real Women Have Curves: The Musical' shares nuanced Latina stories

The musical, adapted from the play by Josefina López, blends comedy and drama to tell the story of Ana and the women she encounters at her sister’s garment factory.
12/19/20234 minutes, 54 seconds
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Massachusetts' first Black probation commissioner discusses racism in criminal justice system

This November, Pamerson Ifill became the first Black person appointed to head the Massachusetts Probation Service in the organizations 145 year history. He joins WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about his role, systemic racism in the criminal justice system and changes he wants to bring to the organization.
12/19/20234 minutes, 27 seconds
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Town of Reading reckons with racism and its past as it looks to honor Celtics great Bill Russell

Sixty years after the town first floated a Bill Russell Day, advocates are pushing to finally make it happen — and to acknowledge the racist experiences the Russell family endured there.
12/18/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Boston Tea Party at 250: History steeped in myth

The Boston Tea Party had very little do with tax hikes. And despite the name, it wasn't a party. But it drew the ire of colonial leaders like George Washington. Now, on the 250th anniversary, historians are hoping to revisit one of the most sensationalized moments in U.S. history.
12/15/20234 minutes, 49 seconds
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Two comedians create space for queer comedy in Boston

Show producers Lizzie Sivitz and Zach Stewart launched the "Fruits by the Foot" comedy showcase at the start of the year, looking to create a dedicated performance space for queer comedians and audiences alike.
12/14/20234 minutes, 24 seconds
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Pianist and physician Stanley Sagov grapples with cancer diagnosis as he prepares to perform

Dr. Stanley Sagov spent more than five decades as a primary care doctor. Now retired and spending more time playing the jazz piano he's loved since his teen years, he is doing it as he confronts a difficult diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer.
12/14/20236 minutes, 37 seconds
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Why a mom turned to supervising illegal opioid use at her home

In Renae's backyard, people she loves trust that they can use drugs without fear of being raped, robbed or dying after an overdose. Renae keeps watch and revives people, if needed. 10 years ago, Renae couldn't have imagined doing this. That was before her own daughter got addicted to opioids.
12/13/202316 minutes, 12 seconds
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As paraprofessionals face barriers to teaching licenses, one district is paying for their master's degree

This year, Haverhill Public Schools partnered with Merrimack College to offer district paraeducators entrance into a free, two-year special education master's degree program.
12/13/20234 minutes, 36 seconds
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Amid deep grief in Lewiston, calls for gun control from victims' families and lawmakers

As is the case in so many American communities scarred by this kind of carnage, family members of victims have begun calling for stricter gun laws.
12/12/20236 minutes, 25 seconds
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How college radio's tiny signals make big cultural waves

College radio is a vibe, a nexus for taste making, and a place that forges bonds among students and community members, argues Fitchburg State University history professor Katherine Rye Jewell in her new book, “Live from the Underground: A history of college radio.”
12/9/20236 minutes, 31 seconds
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'Solstice' returns to illuminate dark December nights at Mount Auburn Cemetery

A large-scale, luminescent art installation returns this weekend Mount Auburn Cemetery. Last year, in its debut, it attracted more than 8,000 visitors. Now, what started as an experiment, has been dubbed a holiday tradition.
12/8/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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Harvard professor to receive Nobel Prize in economics

Her research showed women still face large gaps in pay and levels of employment.
12/8/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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Boston-area Jews celebrate Hanukkah amid strife abroad and at home

David Litvak says he has no reservations about displaying the family menorah. "I'd say right now it's the opposite. I desperately want to show that I'm Jewish."
12/8/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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These tours highlight the hidden history of Black Boston

Joel Mackall says Black history in Boston is often overlooked. He's seeking to change that with his tours that shed light on the lives of past Black Bostonians.
12/7/20234 minutes, 5 seconds
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Mass. lawmakers approve measure allowing more home health care workers to unionize

The measure, tucked into the state's $3.1 billion supplemental budget, would allow some 4,000 health care workers not currently covered by the union to join.
12/7/20232 minutes, 12 seconds
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Revisiting a WBUR conversation with Norman Lear

Lear died Tuesday at the age of 101. He created some of the most iconic sitcoms in television history, including All in the Family and The Jeffersons. His shows used comedy to explore controversial issues.
12/7/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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House committee grills Harvard, MIT leaders on antisemitism response

Over the course of hours, university presidents from Harvard, MIT and the University of Pennsylvania faced leading questions, calls for greater student discipline — and at least one call to resign.
12/6/20234 minutes, 17 seconds
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The tents are gone from 'Mass. and Cass,' but concerns about care remain

In the month since city workers cleared a large tent encampment near Boston's South End, the streets remain tent-free. Several law enforcement agencies are involved in the effort to keep it that way, raising concerns about the impact to people seeking services for substance use disorders and mental health care.
12/5/20233 minutes, 52 seconds
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Harvard, MIT presidents to testify on Capitol Hill over responses to the Israel-Hamas war

University presidents from Harvard, MIT and the University of Pennsylvania are headed to congress today to address accusations that they mishandled reports of antisemitism on their campuses following the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas. Reporter Max Larkin joins WBUR's Morning Edition to discuss.
12/5/20235 minutes, 26 seconds
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Mass. is on track to meet its near-term climate goals, but the hardest work lies ahead

Massachusetts first annual climate report card shows that the state is making good progress in key sectors, but needs to ramp up decarbonization efforts.
12/2/20232 minutes, 45 seconds
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Why Boston gets a Christmas tree from Nova Scotia every year

The tradition dates back over a century, and serves as a token of thanks from the Canadian province for Boston's assistance after a disaster during World War I.
11/30/20232 minutes, 22 seconds
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50 years ago, the Boston Pops started a holiday tradition

Holiday Pops was first introduced on December 21, 1973, under the name “A Pops Christmas Party.” Over the decades, the series has become more inclusive with diversified programming and grown from just three concerts to 39 at Symphony Hall.
11/30/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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A mellow holiday shopping vibe in Boston, as online sales surge nationally

More and more holiday shopping is done from the comfort of consumers' homes, but Black Friday traditions aren't dying out just yet.
11/29/20231 minute, 52 seconds
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Needham man says 2 relatives were released by Hamas

A Needham man whose relatives were taken hostage by Hamas on Oct. 7 said two of his cousins, both minors, were among those released during the temporary truce Monday.
11/28/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Scientists, Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe work to solve mysteries of stripers, herring

Scientists and Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal officials think a small population of striped bass could be defying their migratory nature. And that, in turn, could be impeding efforts to restore a second fish species: herring.
11/27/20234 minutes, 30 seconds
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For many renters, apartment application fees add up. Some are illegal

Rental application fees are on the rise in this high-priced market. At some apartment showings, dozens of people pay the fees. For brokers, it's unethical; for landlords, it's barred by law.
11/27/20235 minutes, 2 seconds
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Too much turkey? How to make the most of Thanksgiving leftovers

Solon Kelleher, an arts fellow for WBUR, grew up working in his family's Worcester restaurant kitchen. He shares some of his favorite recipes for how to put leftovers to good use.
11/24/20234 minutes, 15 seconds
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Tanglewood's Hollywood debut in Bradley Cooper's new film 'Maestro'

Bradley Cooper directed and stars as 20th century conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. Cooper filmed “Maestro” at actual locations from Bernstein's life, including Tanglewood in Lenox.
11/22/20236 minutes, 25 seconds
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West Roxbury baker whips up specialty pies for Thanksgiving

WBUR's Laney Ruckstuhl checked in with Carlene O'Garro, of Delectable Desires pastries, who said she was juggling hundred of orders, plus a few pies for her own family.
11/21/20232 minutes, 20 seconds
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War in Gaza feels personal for some Mass. health care workers

The war has triggered a devastating humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Hospitals have not been spared. Most are no longer functioning. For many doctors in the Boston area, this far-away conflict feels deeply personal.
11/21/20233 minutes, 52 seconds
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Without a home, a cancer patient on the waitlist for public housing puts off surgery

Deb Libby applied for a place to live in the state's public housing system, which has many empty apartments, according to a WBUR and ProPublica investigation. The state has since pledged to fill the vacancies, but Libby is still waiting for a permanent home.
11/21/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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With adult shelters in Mass. overflowing, advocates worry about winter

While the state's family shelter system is in crisis, adult shelters filled earlier than normal this fall. Many are operating over capacity, and advocates are calling for action from the state.
11/20/20236 minutes, 31 seconds
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'I landed on love': Families try a different approach to addiction

The success of addiction treatment often depends on the person struggling. But there may be a crucial — and often overlooked — factor. Some experts say loved ones can play a critical role in guiding a person toward recovery.
11/20/20235 minutes, 23 seconds
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State senator who serves in National Guard sees family shelter crisis from 2 vantage points

Sen. John Velis, a Democrat who represents parts of Hampden and Hampshire counties, was activated with the Massachusetts National Guard to serve for two weeks in hotels and motels that are being used as family shelters. He's also voting on the bill to provide an additional $250 million in funding for family shelter.
11/17/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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20 years later, Hillary Goodridge reflects on Mass. gay marriage win

Saturday marks 20 years since Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to allow same sex couples to marry. Hillary Goodridge, a lead plaintiff in the case decided in 2003 by the Supreme Judicial Court, joins WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about the case and its legacy.
11/17/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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8 takeaways for Mass. from the National Climate Assessment

The fifth National Climate Assessment, produced every four years, details on the effects of climate change in the Northeast. Climate change will bring more heat waves, flooding and coastal erosion to the region.
11/16/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Cape homeowners push to install solar panels in historic districts

The 45,000 people who live in Cape Cod's Old Kings Highway Historic District are required to get approval from local committees for visible solar installations. Those who have had their solar plans challenged or denied have described the committees’ decisions as inconsistent, arbitrary, and subjective.
11/15/20234 minutes, 44 seconds
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Brookline town meeting approves new multifamily zoning rules along MBTA route

WBUR's Morning Edition hears from Sam Mintz, editor of Brookline News, about a new zoning proposal that passed last night at a town meeting in Brookline. The plan will put the town in compliance with state regulations requiring multifamily zoning within communities serviced by the MBTA.
11/15/20234 minutes, 44 seconds
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Entrepreneurs want to use EV chargers to highlight historic Black landmarks

Impact Energy's plan is to install EV chargers in key locations to boost business and tourism in historical Black neighborhoods.
11/14/20233 minutes, 53 seconds
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Born in '60s San Francisco, all-girl rock band Ace of Cups roars back a half-century later

In 1967, the all-girl band Ace of Cups burst onto the San Francisco rock and roll scene, attracting a big following and touring with some of the most famous musicians of the era. Then, they disappeared. Now, more than a half-century later, the band members are back together, with an unlikely third act proving rock and roll dreams never die.
11/13/20238 minutes, 41 seconds
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Mass. family shelter system reaches cap. Waitlist for homeless families to begin Friday

Three weeks ago, Gov. Maura Healey announced that once the system hits 7,500 households there would be no more room. Today, the state crossed that threshold. Homeless advocates worry the shelter waitlist forces families to stay in unsafe situations.
11/10/20234 minutes, 17 seconds
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For Diwali, Boston-brewed Rupee is putting the “India” back in India Pale Ale

Diwali, India's biggest holiday, is Sunday, Nov. 12. To celebrate the festival of lights, an Indian-owned craft beer brand brewed in Boston is releasing its first India Pale Ale.
11/10/20235 minutes, 11 seconds
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'Short-term pain for long-term wins': MBTA unveils shutdown schedule through 2024 to lift slow zones

The MBTA is planning a series of brief shutdowns on different portions of the system to allow for necessary repairs and eliminate the speed restrictions that have frustrated riders throughout Greater Boston. In all, officials say there will be up to 188 days of closures through the end of 2024.
11/10/20234 minutes, 27 seconds
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How silent films gave one New Hampshire musician the gig of a lifetime

Renewed interest in silent films has provided Jeff Rapsis a vibrant second act as a silent film accompanist, crisscrossing New England all year round.
11/9/20235 minutes, 18 seconds
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Without enough teachers, Head Start programs in Mass. 'resize' and close classrooms

Recent staffing shortages at Head Start programs have forced centers across Massachusetts to cut slots for children, placing infants and toddlers on lengthy waitlists.
11/9/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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Massachusetts AFL-CIO's first woman president takes the helm

Chrissy Lynch takes the helm of the state AFL-CIO during a big moment for labor. She joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy to talk more about this.
11/8/20234 minutes, 32 seconds
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In longshot bid for White House, Dean Phillips says he's trying to tell Democrats hard truths

The campaign hopes to appeal to moderates from both parties; people Phillips calls "the exhausted majority." But he's angering the leaders of his own party.
11/8/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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City database details the lives of over 2,300 people enslaved in Boston

The city of Boston recently released a public database detailing people who were enslaved in the city. WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy speaks with curator Kyera Singleton to learn more about the database and the legacy of slavery in Massachusetts. 
11/7/20234 minutes, 23 seconds
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A tour around Dorchester's Little Saigon

To learn more about Dorchester's Little Saigon, WBUR's The Common host Darryl C. Murphy and visited the area with Annie Le, board president of the cultural district.
11/7/20235 minutes, 8 seconds
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'Pollinator-friendly' solar farms can be a boon for bees. In Mass., they're not always easy

Massachusetts is encouraging "pollinator-friendly" solar farms as a way to encourage both renewable energy and biodiversity.
11/6/20235 minutes, 1 second
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Natalie Jones thought she wasn't cut out for college. At nearly 60, she got her master's and reinvented her life

Natalie Jones is among lots of older people who are living their third act — either by choice or necessity or both — according to Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a Harvard professor of education, and author of The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 years after 50.
11/6/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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5 key things to know about the Boston accent

The Boston accent is a many-splendored phenomenon, with details and highlights galore. But a few elements loom large. Here's what you should know:
11/4/20235 minutes, 6 seconds
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Multi-dimensional musician and Mass. resident Al Kooper inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Kooper, 79, is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who's played with the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who and Jimi Hendrix and has created and produced for top bands.
11/3/20238 minutes, 25 seconds
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Frank Baker is leaving office. His style of politics may go with him

The pugnacious city councilor said his style of politics come from Dorchester, where kids grow up to be fighters. That has been divisive throughout his tenure, and some wonder whether the next District 3 Councilor will take a different approach.
11/3/20235 minutes, 23 seconds
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Progressives could lose their supermajority in Boston City Council election

Several of Boston City Council's most outspoken members are departing. After Election Day on Tuesday, the balance of between progressives and moderates on the 13-member council could soon shift.
11/3/20234 minutes, 15 seconds
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As New Bedford area awaits South Coast Rail line, skeptics fret over costs, ridership and slow speeds

Construction on a rail project that will connect Boston to several South Coast communities is nearing completion, but questions remain about the impact and potential success of the commuter rail expansion.
11/2/20234 minutes, 18 seconds
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What has come to light in the week after the mass shootings in Lewiston

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy talks with Rachel Ohm, reporter for the Portland Press Herald, about what has come to light in the aftermath of the shootings in Lewiston, Maine.
11/2/20233 minutes, 23 seconds
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City of Boston removes tent encampment at 'Mass. and Cass'

City officials said they had about 14 tents or similar structures to dismantle at the beginning of the day. At noon, a handful of people in the area remained without concrete plans for where they would go next. And by around 2:30 p.m., city workers said all tents had been taken down. 
11/1/20233 minutes, 47 seconds
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Louisa May Alcott used pen names. A researcher thinks he found another

A Boston University graduate student believes he has a batch of 14 previously unattributed works written by the author of “Little Women” - under a pseudonym. Louisa May Alcott was known to publish under various names throughout her writing career, but this discovery marks the first time any new pseudonym has been linked to Alcott since the 1940s.
11/1/20234 minutes, 55 seconds
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In New Bedford, housing costs are soaring as many struggle to make ends meet

Many low-income residents say rent hikes are forcing them out of the city, or even to the brink of homelessness. That presents a sharp contrast with the official version of New Bedford: a city on the rise, and on the cusp of regaining the esteem it once knew.
11/1/20236 minutes, 26 seconds
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As Boston police prepare to remove 'Mass. and Cass' encampment, some wonder what comes next

City workers have handed out flyers explaining Boston's plan to remove tents on Wednesday from the "Mass. and Cass" area. Despite efforts to offer services, housing and storage to people in the encampment, some advocates remain concerned about what will happen once police sweep the tents away.
11/1/20235 minutes, 1 second
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Mass. plans to stop guaranteeing shelter for families as of Nov. 1. Here's what that could look like

To learn about the potential impacts of waitlisting families in need of housing, WBUR’s Gabrielle Emanuel met one family that was stuck outside the shelter doors.
10/31/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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Before trick-or-treating, Halloween in Massachusetts was mayhem

Before trick-or-treating became the holiday's tradition, pandemonium ruled the day. WBUR's Andrea Shea spoke with candy historian Susan Benjamin who ventures back to a time when Halloween saw children raging through the streets doing untold amounts of damage.
10/31/20235 minutes, 27 seconds
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Newton father picks up freshman son from Bates as search for suspect in Maine's mass shooting continues

As authorities continue to search for the armed suspect in the Maine shootings, families of students at some area colleges are bringing their kids back to Massachusetts.
10/30/20231 minute, 54 seconds
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Julieanna Richardson's 'third act': The Harvard-trained lawyer left corporate life to document the Black experience

After chapters as a corporate lawyer and working in television, HistoryMakers became Julieanna Richardson's "third act." "You get to a point where you start asking, 'What is going to be your leave-behind?'" she said. "If we do this right, it will be something that hopefully makes society a richer place."
10/30/20237 minutes, 50 seconds
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Feared and fascinating, 'Bats!' take flight in Salem

The exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum blends contemporary artworks, pop culture memorabilia and historical depictions to explore how people have loved and hated these winged mammals through the ages.
10/30/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dafnis Prieto and Luciana Souza take to the stage at Berklee

The pair will perform songs from their album, "Cantar." It's drummer Pietro's first project as a lyricist, writing songs Souza sings in English, Spanish and Portuguese
10/27/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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As the Maine manhunt continues, some see echoes of the Boston Marathon bomber search

The manhunt for the alleged gunman in the Lewiston, Maine mass shooting — and the lockdown of surrounding communities — is reminding many people in the Boston area of the days following the marathon bombing in 2013.
10/27/20235 minutes, 17 seconds
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U.S. Rep. Jaren Golden from Maine calls for a ban of assault rifles, reversing position

At a press conference at Lewiston City Hall on Thursday, Golden said that though he had previously opposed similar bans, he had a "false confidence" that his community was above deadly incidents.
10/27/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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Mass. will stop guaranteeing shelter for families as of Nov. 1, advocates say

Aid groups are getting more details on a new waitlist for the state-run family shelter system — and they are sounding alarm bells.
10/27/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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Maine Congressman reverses position on assault weapons ban following mass shooting

WBUR's Anthony Brooks joined All Things Considered host Lynn Jolicoeur to give an update on the search for a suspect in Wednesday's mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine.
10/26/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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As bus service shrinks, frustrated parents and districts get creative to get kids to school

A bus driver shortage in Framingham has limited bus ridership for hundreds of students and upped absences. As families scramble to find alternative transportation for their kids, the district is exploring other fixes, from emerging tech platforms to securing city bus passes.
10/26/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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Mass. family is still trying to escape Gaza as bombing intensifies

As the Israeli military action intensifies in Gaza, a Massachusetts family that's been stuck there says they're trying to remain hopeful that they'll be able to get out safely.
10/25/20233 minutes, 44 seconds
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The youngest kids in Mass. shelters need more support, advocates warn

More than 3,000 homeless families are now in hotels and motels that often don’t have toys, books, or play spaces for children. There’s a new push to get these youngsters better access to stimulating environments and activities. Experts say it's key for brain development.
10/25/20234 minutes, 15 seconds
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A look at the Celtics ahead of the season opener

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy talks with Gary Washburn, basketball reporter for the Boston Globe, about how the Celtics look ahead of the season opener.
10/25/20233 minutes, 50 seconds
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New disease continues to spread in beech trees across Mass.

Beech leaf disease was first identified in a few Massachusetts communities in 2020. It has since spread to over 90 communities. Because it's relatively new, researchers are trying different approaches to find a way to save the trees
10/24/20235 minutes, 15 seconds
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70 years later, survivor recalls Boston ship blast that killed 37

Jim Tsihlis had just been assigned to the USS Leyte one week before an explosion on board, which was determined to be an accident, killed and injured sailors and civilians.
10/23/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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Sewage can overflow into Mass. waterways when it rains. Fixing the problem isn't cheap

As climate change brings heavier storms to the Northeast, cities with combined sewer overflows will see more sewage water discharged into water bodies. There are ways to fix the problem, but they're not simple or cheap.
10/23/20236 minutes, 25 seconds
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From examining the dead to guiding the living, Tom Andrew embraces his 'third act'

The traditional idea of three stages of life — learning, earning and retiring — is increasingly seen as outdated. Instead, many people like Tom Andrew are living their third act, discovering that life can reset at age 50, 60, 70, or even later.
10/23/20237 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ukrainian teen who fled war brings family wisdom to Head of the Charles

Maria Prodan,14, from Ukraine, will compete at the Head of the Charles Sunday. You can say rowing is in her blood; Maria is trained by her father, Olympic coach Anton Prodan, who received his rowing wisdom from his own dad.
10/21/20233 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ukrainian national rowing team welcomes the 'holiday' that is the Head of the Charles

The Ukrainian team says it means so much for them to be supported in their host cities of Boston and Cambridge when life at home has changed so much.
10/20/20235 minutes, 25 seconds
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Alison Croney Moses tells her story of motherhood in wooden sculptures

As a woodworker and artist, Croney Moses has distinguished her style of curved wood veneer sculptures over the last several years, shaping wood almost as if it were clay.
10/20/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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Salem mayor talks local impacts of the increasing Halloween visitors

Salem Mayor Dominick Pangallo talks with WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy about the benefits and drawbacks of being an iconic Halloween destination.
10/20/20233 minutes, 51 seconds
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Szu-Chieh Yun interrogates systems of power through art

For the 35-year-old painter, her work has provided an avenue to articulate feelings that may have been hard for her to speak or write about. "It's a way for me to not necessarily escape, but to understand what's happening around me," she said.
10/20/20235 minutes, 10 seconds
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I learned to love Boston from the banks of the Charles River

As you spend more time around Boston, the Charles River infuses into your consciousness, writes Fred Hewett, who's lived within a mile of the river for more than 40 years. The Charles can make the city yours, he writes.
10/20/20233 minutes, 35 seconds
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Olympic hopeful Alex Diaz brings optimism and originality to breakdancing

The Roxbury native's b-boy name is El Niño because of his fast-paced and aggressive style. His talents have made him a Red Bull-sponsored athlete, multiple-time world breakdancing champion and earned him a spot on Team USA.
10/19/20234 minutes, 59 seconds
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For Boston poet Dzidzor, performance is a lot like church

The artist might be best known for Black Cotton Club and her uncanny ability to draw people in. But beneath her warm stage presence is a politics of Black liberation.
10/19/20235 minutes, 53 seconds
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Presidential hopeful Nikki Haley is having a moment in New Hampshire. Now comes the hard part

Haley, the moderate former South Carolina governor and ambassador to the U.N., has jumped into second place in the Republican primary, according to recent polls. But political watchers say she now needs to reach beyond moderates to make her case to those still planning to vote for Trump.
10/19/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Gabriel Sosa explores language and justice in his multimedia creations

Early in his career, the artist worked as a court translator where he witnessed how power can be exerted through words. Now, he probes that idea through murals, collages and community engagement.
10/18/20235 minutes, 32 seconds
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Mass. House to vote on gun control bill amid opposition from gun owners and police

The 125-page measure would strengthen the state's assault weapons ban, limit where guns can be carried, and crack down on unregistered, so-called "ghost guns."
10/18/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Afghan pianist Arson Fahim fights for musicians oppressed by the Taliban

Since arriving at the Longy School of Music two years ago, he's made it his mission to pursue social justice through his music. "And actually 'fight' is a good word because that's how I feel about my instrument — I feel like I'm on the front line of a war against barbarity," he said.
10/18/20237 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hundreds march through Boston in support of Palestinians

Hundreds of protesters marched from the Boston Public Library in Copley Square to the Israeli consulate for a rally in support of Palestinians on Monday evening. An array of young local Palestinians at the event spoke about the suffering of family members in Gaza.
10/17/20234 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bridging Black America's past and present, Danny Rivera revives songs of the enslaved

The 22-year-old vocalist has been bringing back historic spirituals first sung by enslaved Black people in America. He says the works transcend time, “because they not only share what has happened in the past, but it paints a very similar picture to the world that we live in today.”
10/17/20237 minutes, 17 seconds
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Rixy uses spray paint to create her own world and make space in this one

Growing up in Boston, the visual artist saw murals and graffiti and knew there was power in public art. Now, she paints her own works showcasing characters from an inclusive world she designed with the goal of creating a sense of belonging.
10/17/20234 minutes, 24 seconds
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Mass. soon will end its housing guarantee for families in state shelter system

Overwhelmed by record-breaking growth of families in need, Gov. Maura Healey said that when the state family shelter system hits 7,500 households, it will no longer guarantee placements and instead prioritize housing families with health and safety risks.
10/16/20235 minutes, 4 seconds
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Theater maker Alison Qu centers Asian American stories onstage

Qu is the founder and executive director of CHUANG Stage, which tells stories bilingually and transculturally. In the five years since the company’s founding, Qu has grown into one of the leading voices in the Boston grassroots theater community.
10/16/20235 minutes, 17 seconds
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In the wake of loss, singer-songwriter Kimaya Diggs comes into her own

The Easthampton musician's new songs are emotive, yet unsentimental. Kind of like Diggs herself.
10/16/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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As state rents 3,000 hotel and motel rooms for family shelter units, some longtime occupants end up displaced

While state officials and shelter providers work to avoid displacing longtime motel residents to make space for unhoused families, housing advocates say they are aware of cases where people have been pushed out of motels and into homelessness. 
10/16/20236 minutes, 10 seconds
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Boston rabbi reflects on a week of war in Israel

Boston Rabbi Elaine Zecher reflected on a week of war in Israel Friday afternoon as she prepared to lead Shabbat services for the congregation.
10/14/20234 minutes, 24 seconds
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A 'doxxing truck' sparks anger, tears in Harvard Square

In the fall, Harvard Square is host to thousands of students, neighbors and tourists. But this week, as violence unfolds in Israel and the Gaza Strip, the neighborhood has an unwelcome new visitor: a box truck with mounted LED screens, labeling some students "leading anti-Semites."
10/13/20232 minutes, 48 seconds
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The race to create climate-friendly cement

Cement production causes more carbon emissions than the entire European Union. For one Somerville start-up, the race is on to develop a more climate-friendly cement.
10/13/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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Boston's new MBTA board member talks goals for the role

Deborah Becker speaks with Boston's MBTA board member Mary Skelton Roberts on WBUR's Morning Edition about what she hopes to achieve in this new role. 
10/13/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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Palestinian-American woman from Mass. hopes to escape Gaza with husband and child

With bombs going off in the distance, Wafaa Abuzayda describes the frightening reality in Gaza and how she has been pleading for help from U.S. officials to get out.
10/12/20233 minutes, 40 seconds
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Palestinian coffee house in Cambridge serves as refuge in a time of war

The café has become an informal gathering place for the area's Palestinian community as Israel pummels Gaza in retaliation for Hamas' brazen attack over the weekend.
10/12/20233 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mass. family stuck in Gaza pleads for help as airstrikes rain down

A family from Medway, Mass. went to visit relatives in Gaza about two weeks ago, before Hamas launched its deadly attack into southern Israel. They were scheduled to fly back to the United States on Friday, but are now stuck as Israeli airstrikes pummel the Gaza Strip.
10/12/20235 minutes, 34 seconds
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To slow climate change, some want to 'engineer the ocean'

The controversial idea of “engineering the ocean” to remove atmospheric carbon dioxide has been around for decades, but it's gaining renewed interest as the climate crisis worsens. 
10/12/20234 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mass. Palestinian man awaits word from loved ones in Gaza

Ayman came to the U.S. from Gaza 12 years ago and has lived in Massachusetts for five years. He lives here with his wife and children, but the rest of their family members live in Gaza.
10/11/20235 minutes
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4 questions about the new Bruins season with The Athletic's Fluto Shinzawa

After losing beloved veterans Patrice Bergeron and David Krejčí this offseason, WBUR's Morning Edition caught up with longtime Bruins reporter Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic for a preview of what to expect from the Bruins as they enter a year of “generational change.”
10/11/20234 minutes, 8 seconds
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At hotels sheltering migrants, fears about neo-Nazis grow

In the past few weeks, authorities say a neo-Nazi group has staged more than a half-dozen demonstrations at Massachusetts hotels and motels sheltering newly arrived families. The actions have sparked questions about what more can be done to protect immigrants from hate groups.
10/11/20235 minutes, 27 seconds
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'Skies seem to be shaking': Mass. native talks about sheltering in Israel amid Gaza conflict

Andrew Jacobson, a Swampscott native who graduated from Brandeis University and lives in Israel, is sheltering with a friend in Tel Aviv. He told WBUR's All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins about his experience. 
10/10/20235 minutes, 18 seconds
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In Connecticut, an old rotary phone helps people cope with grief

In Connecticut and across the United States, ‘wind phones’ provide spaces for people to hold one-way conversations with their loved ones who’ve died.
10/10/20234 minutes, 5 seconds
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The reason behind the effort to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day statewide

Indigenous activist Mahtowin Munro, the co-lead for United American Indians of New England, spoke with WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy about the effort to recognize the holiday observed on the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
10/9/20234 minutes, 43 seconds
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BU professor who studies urban trees and carbon dioxide wins 'genius grant'

Lucy Hutyra discovered that urban trees are about twice as productive in absorbing carbon dioxide than trees in the country.
10/6/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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New England's fall foliage still worth the trip, despite dull expectations

New England's wet summer means the region's fall foliage will likely be less vibrant than usual.
10/6/20233 minutes, 50 seconds
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What happens when 25 bands play the same setlist simultaneously? Jazz Along the Charles

Local jazz ensembles of all kinds will converge Saturday, Oct. 7 along a 1.5 mile walking loop on the Charles River. That's already pretty cool, but beginning at 2 pm they'll also embark on exploring the same list of 16 songs — at the same time.
10/6/20237 minutes, 8 seconds
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COVID's economic impact on Black Bostonians and businesses

Nicole Obi, President and CEO of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts joined WBUR’s Morning Edition ahead of the council's annual Mass Black Expo to talk more about the pandemic’s impact on Black Bostonians. 
10/5/20233 minutes, 41 seconds
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MIT professor shares 2023 Nobel Prize in chemistry

The technology is used in everything from TV screens and solar energy technology to medicine.
10/4/20235 minutes, 17 seconds
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In Reading, a solution for local flooding aims to help the whole watershed

Massachusetts is funding nature-based solutions to help make communities more resilient to climate change. Reading is using the state grant money to construct a wetland to reduce flood damage, and the project could be a showcase for other initiatives.
10/4/20235 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mass. can expand solar without chopping so much forest, report says

A new analysis from Harvard Forest and Mass Audubon argues that Massachusetts could meet its ambitious goals for solar power while preserving forests and farmland.
10/3/20234 minutes, 1 second
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At MASS MoCA, artist Joseph Grigely shares his experience of being deaf

The exhibit, titled "In What Way Wham?," marks the first time the museum has curated audio descriptions that enhance the artwork for both seeing visitors and those who are blind. Additionally, the museum has local members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community leading ASL tours.
10/3/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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As need for emergency shelters in Mass. spikes, so do costs

For the past decade or so, Massachusetts taxpayers have spent between $100 million and $200 million a year on family shelters. This year, lawmakers allocated more than $325 million, an all-time high. And the Healey Administration says more is needed. Here's a look at where the money is going, and how it fits into the state's budget.
10/2/20235 minutes, 27 seconds
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A new Massachusetts department wants you to get outdoors

Paul Jahnige, the director of the newly created Office of Outdoor Recreation, spoke with WBUR’s Morning Edition about the new department and what Massachusetts has to offer.
9/29/20234 minutes, 2 seconds
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Rep. Katherine Clark blasts GOP colleagues as government shutdown looms

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy spoke with House Minority Whip and Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark about the looming shutdown and what her colleagues on Capitol Hill need to do to avert it.
9/29/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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A government shutdown would hit hard in Mass., from federal workers' pay to food assistance

Gov. Maura Healey said Massachusetts will do "everything we can" to keep food aid benefits flowing even if Congress fails this week to stave off a federal government shutdown.
9/28/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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Axel & Lolo are writing the soundtrack to best friendship

The Berklee duo's performance of their song "You'd Like Me More" is WBUR's favorite local entry to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.
9/28/20236 minutes, 39 seconds
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Alakazam! Why a Salem magicians society needs to conjure new recruits

The local chapter of a historic, national magicians organization — once led by Houdini himself — is facing a shortage of members. Now its ranks are rallying with events to woo new magicians.
9/26/20236 minutes, 54 seconds
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COVID has been rising and flu is coming. Here’s what you need to know about respiratory virus season in Mass.

The start of fall marks the beginning of respiratory virus season. COVID has been on an upswing for much of the past couple months — and other viruses, including flu and RSV, are still to come.
9/25/20235 minutes, 24 seconds
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Superintendent Skipper reflects on first year at Boston Public Schools

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy talks with Boston Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper about her first year leading Massachusetts' largest school district and what she is thinking about in the new year. 
9/25/20234 minutes, 37 seconds
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Brookline Village's New Paris Bakery, renowned for its eclairs, closes its doors after 104 years

New Paris Bakery, which has been in business for more than 100 years, shut its doors for good on Saturday.
9/24/20233 minutes, 36 seconds
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We were together in the twilight of his life. And that was enough

Geri Denterlein's husband Jack Thomas spent his final days much the same way he spent most days in their 34-year relationship: reading, writing, collecting recipes, gardening and planning ahead. "It was my life that changed," Geri writes.
9/22/20235 minutes, 53 seconds
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Welcome to Route 20: America’s longest road stretches from Boston to Oregon

The longest road in the U.S. starts in Boston. Or ends here, depending on which direction you're heading.
9/22/20235 minutes, 57 seconds
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Mass. conservationists welcome executive order to protect biodiverse lands and waters

The order calls for the state Department of Fish and Game to draw up a set of biodiversity conservation targets for state agencies to implement in 2030, 2040 and 2050.
9/21/20235 minutes, 18 seconds
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Investigation finds housing agencies quietly use subsidized apartments for other purposes

WBUR's Todd Wallack explains that local housing agencies have repurposed 120 subsidized apartments across the state despite a long waitlist for affordable housing and why officials say they need the units for alternative uses. 
9/21/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why some Mass. schools made the call to lock up student phones

Salem High School began requiring students to lock up their cellphones for most of the school day starting this fall. The crackdown is part of a larger trend in Massachusetts schools to minimize distractions during school hours.
9/20/20234 minutes, 37 seconds
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Backlog of maintenance and renovation is causing state-subsidized housing to sit empty

WBUR's Christine Willmsen explains that the biggest reason state-subsidized units are vacant is a backlog of maintenance and renovation, which public housing authorities say it’s hard to complete because they're cash-strapped and short-staffed.
9/20/20234 minutes, 58 seconds
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How an inefficient waitlist system for state-funded housing contributes to vacancies despite a dire need

The number of families in need of shelter in Massachusetts has almost doubled in the past year. Yet an investigation by WBUR and ProPublica finds many state-subsidized apartments are sitting empty.
9/19/20236 minutes, 4 seconds
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What to do if you encounter a bear or coyote in Greater Boston

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy spoke with Dave Wattles, biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, about whether large wildlife encounters are occurring more frequently and what people should do if they come across a coyote or bear. 
9/19/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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'We started getting just planes of people': Logan Airport team scrambles to help newly arrived migrants

Each night, workers at Logan Airport provide cots for travelers with canceled flights. But lately, they’re also providing temporary beds for immigrants seeking refuge in Massachusetts. Since July 11, Logan’s Crisis Response Team has assisted over 1,600 new arrivals.
9/18/20235 minutes, 26 seconds
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'The Common' team tries Mattapan's best local eats

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy talked with 'The Common' host Darryl C. Murphy his trip to Mattapan for the 'Field Guide to Boston' and the local culinary institutions that are part of the community.
9/15/20237 minutes, 13 seconds
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Healey declares state of emergency as Hurricane Lee churns north, bringing high waves and wind to coast

Lee will pass a couple hundred miles to Massachusetts' east, and likely make landfall somewhere near the western tip of Nova Scotia. The primary effects will be felt along the immediate coast, especially for Cape Cod and the Islands.
9/15/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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How Cape Cod is preparing for Hurricane Lee

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy talks with Truro’s harbormaster Tony Jacket to learn more about what he’s seeing Friday morning and how the Cape has been preparing for the storm.
9/15/20232 minutes, 50 seconds
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Provincetown harbormaster prepares for high winds from the passing Hurricane Lee

Hurricane Lee is expected to cause 50- to 60-mph wind gusts along the Massachusetts coastline as it passes by, far off coast, overnight Friday into Saturday.
9/14/20233 minutes, 36 seconds
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Red Sox fire Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom

Chaim Bloom is looking for a job. The Boston Red Sox fired Bloom, its chief baseball officer, on Thursday.
9/14/20234 minutes, 8 seconds
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Mass. expects to get high winds, waves and rain from Hurricane Lee

Hurricane Lee is spinning approximately 840 miles south of Nantucket as of Thursday morning, and remains a large and powerful Category 2 storm. It's so large that Massachusetts doen't need to take a direct hit to experience effects. Danielle Noyes has the forecast as Lee approaches.
9/14/20233 minutes
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Leominster Mayor Mazzarella talks about recovery efforts following 'catastrophic' storm

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy spoke with Leominster Mayor Mazzarella to learn about how the city is recovering from Monday's intense storm and flash flood.
9/14/20233 minutes, 25 seconds
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The road ahead for potential 2024 ballot questions

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy talked with reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka to talk about the potential ballot questions and what it takes to get them to the voters in 2024. 
9/13/20235 minutes
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Exploring the 'weird and wonderful' through WBUR's Field Guide to Boston

If you’re new to Boston, you probably just survived the move-in process. So now it’s time to think about settling in and finding your community. That can be hard. So here at WBUR we’ve put together a new project that makes it easier to become a Bostonian. It’s called Field Guide to Boston.
9/13/20237 minutes, 8 seconds
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A Boston prelim primer: The 4 City Council races to watch Tuesday

The Sept. 12 preliminary election will decide which two candidates move on to the Nov. 7 general election in four Boston City Council races. Here's what voters in Districts 3, 5, 6 and 7 should know before heading to the polls.
9/12/20234 minutes, 59 seconds
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2 Boston city councilors face tough election after scandals in and out of office

Councilors Kendra Lara and Ricardo Arroyo are fighting to advance in Tuesday's preliminary election after weathering months of negative headlines related to ethics scandals.
9/11/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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How the Patriots are moving on from Brady and the dynasty years

WBUR's Weekend Edition host Sharon Brody talks with WBUR Radio Boston producer and a veteran sports journalist Khari Thompson about Tom Brady's legacy and how the Patriots move forward as a team. 
9/11/20234 minutes, 54 seconds
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A beginner's guide to the 2023 New England Patriots season

ESPN reporter Mike Reiss joined WBUR’s Morning Edition for a primer on this year’s Patriots as they enter the 2023 season. If you’re tuning in for their first game of the year Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, here’s what you need to know.
9/8/20233 minutes, 51 seconds
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Mass.-based neo-Nazi group targets immigrants in family shelter system

Members of a neo-Nazi hate group have demonstrated outside several hotels where the state is renting rooms for homeless families.
9/8/20234 minutes, 19 seconds
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Rapper kei embodies freedom through rage and hip-hop

The Dorchester artist is making a name for herself with her unique aggressive sound, pushing against expectations. "As a young Black woman, there's this stigma behind what a woman in general in music should sound like or do."
9/7/20236 minutes, 28 seconds
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The MBTA's new 'chief of stations' tackles JFK/UMass decay, prepares to visit all stations

Dennis Varley, the new chief of stations joins the T after a three-decade career in transportation in New York. Varley is tasked with helping make Boston's subway, commuter rail and buses safe, secure and clean for riders.
9/7/20232 minutes, 48 seconds
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Little Amal takes first steps in Boston

Since her first steps at the Syrian border, 12-foot tall puppet Little Amal has become a symbol of refugee displaced populations now widely recognized across the world. Amal arrives in Boston Thursday to begin a nine-week journey across the United States.
9/7/20232 minutes, 2 seconds
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Nearly 50 years after the Boston busing crisis, a new initiative examines its history and legacy

In the lead up to the 50-year anniversary of the Boston busing crisis, a group of more than three dozen community leaders are launching a new three-year initiative to remember the busing program and educate Bostonians on its legacy through conversations and exhibits. 
9/7/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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To help fight invasive green crabs, restaurants are putting them on the menu

Hundreds of years ago, the invasive European green crab first arrived in the region. Today, they’re everywhere, and that is putting pressure on other seafood industries. One solution? Eat them. “It’s a good story, you’re eating an invasive species that actually tastes good, so it’s an easy sell,” said Row 34 Chef Jeremy Sewall.
9/6/20235 minutes, 1 second
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As students return to classrooms, some newly arrived immigrants have to wait 

The effort to vaccinate newly arrived immigrant children, enroll them in school and equip schools with translators and transportation plans has proved daunting. Even as the first day of school arrives, it remains a work in progress. The result: Some kids won't start on time.
9/5/20235 minutes
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What to expect following the nearly two-month Sumner Tunnel closure

State Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver talked with about WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy the reopening of the Sumner Tunnel and what drivers should expect following the nearly two-month shutdown. 
9/1/20233 minutes, 29 seconds
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Climate change means a longer growing season in New England, but brings other challenges

Increasingly hot summers and warming winters could allow for new plant varieties and a longer growing season in the Northeast.
9/1/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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Meet the artist carving sand sculptures on Nahant Beach

Retired art teacher Gary White uses an endless supply of sand, saltwater, random recyclables, and some dollar-store tools to create sculptural masterpieces on Nahant Beach. These sculptures deliver surprise jolts of joy before the ocean swallows them up again.
8/31/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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How 2 Mass. doctors helped end discrimination against gay men in blood donation

For decades, federal rules prohibited men who have sex with men from donating blood, but those rules have finally changed.
8/31/20232 minutes, 44 seconds
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Most New England states don’t track ‘heat-related’ deaths. Experts say that’s a problem

Public health experts aren't sure how many people die because of the heat each year, because there's no standard for what constitutes a "heat-related" death.
8/31/20234 minutes, 19 seconds
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren reflects on her recent trip to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy talked with Elizabeth Warren about her takeaways from the trip and why the fight against Russia matters to the United States.
8/30/20235 minutes, 57 seconds
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Climate change is threatening farms across New England. Here’s how farmers are responding

Heavy rains have caused massive damage for New England farmers this summer. Problems from heat, pests and drought are common. Some farmers are changing their practices to become more resilient to climate change.
8/29/20234 minutes, 24 seconds
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Bigger, earlier and itchier: Why poison ivy loves climate change

The dreaded three-leafed vine is expected to take full advantage of warmer temperatures and rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to grow faster and bigger — and become even more toxic. Some New Englanders are seeing changes on the ground: a lot more poison ivy and a season that starts significantly earlier.
8/28/20234 minutes, 36 seconds
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Boston officials unveil new strategy for 'Mass. and Cass'

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu will give law enforcement more authority to remove tents, and add more shelter beds, as the city looks to address worsening conditions in an area that's become a stubborn symbol of the region's opioid crisis.
8/25/20234 minutes, 54 seconds
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You can see the Milky Way from Nantucket. Residents want to keep it that way

Nantucket, with its dark sky, is unique: it’s one of the few places in eastern Massachusetts where people can see the Milky Way with the naked eye. But light pollution is threatening that clear view _ and increasing health risks.
8/25/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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Boston officials look to revive Long Island as hub for addiction services, homeless care

City officials and health care professionals on Wednesday toured the now-dilapidated facilities. Inside, the buildings are in an eerie state of disrepair, nine years after being abandoned when the Long Island bridge shut down.
8/24/20234 minutes, 27 seconds
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Facing an 'epidemic of loneliness,' some Mass. organizations try to help people make friends

"People are so isolated and so lonely, and that has such a negative impact on their quality of life," said Jeff Keilson, senior vice president at Advocates, the human services agency that runs the Friendship Project.
8/22/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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State places homeless families in unstaffed sites, raising safety concerns

In the state-funded family shelter system, more than 10% of the households are now in hotels and motels without the usual support staff and services. Many families in these units do not have easy access to translation, transportation and case management, among other services. 
8/21/20234 minutes, 46 seconds
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EPA plans to disband board studying wastewater discharge in Mass. Bay

EPA announced that it is planning to discontinue the Outfall Monitoring Science Advisory Panel (OMSAP) when it renews Deer Island’s discharge permit this year. OMSAP has monitored the effects of the outfall pipe on Massachusetts Bay for more than twenty years.
8/21/20234 minutes, 54 seconds
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Detective accused of exhuming 'Lady of the Dunes' body without authority

Cape and Islands District Attorney named retired detective Meredith Lobur to a "Brady List," alerting prosecutors to alleged misconduct that could make an officer's testimony unreliable in legal cases.
8/18/20233 minutes, 52 seconds
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How a Mass. nonprofit helps ready students of color for top colleges

With intensive academic instruction and pre-college counseling, Thrive Scholars is on a mission to see its students — overwhelmingly students of color from low-income households — win seats at the nation’s top schools.
8/17/20235 minutes, 1 second
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‘Food is the biggest expense’: Mass. families welcome permanent free school meals for students

Last week, Massachusetts became the eighth state in the country to fund free school meals for all public school children, regardless of household income. Advocates hope it will reduce the stigma around free meals and remove the barrier to nourishment at school.
8/15/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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City Council knew about Boston swimming pool closures long before summer

Families and community activists are questioning the decision, arguing the closures in two of Boston’s poorest neighborhoods underline a history of public underinvestment and neglect.
8/11/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ex-curator sues Worcester Art Museum leaders, alleging discrimination and 'offensive behavior'

In a 64-page lawsuit, Rachel Parikh alleges she was “mocked and ridiculed because she is a brown-skinned South Asian” Indian woman and “subjected to a hostile and offensive work environment” at the museum. The complaint details a slew of damning allegations against two of its leaders.
8/10/20232 minutes, 28 seconds
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Boston focuses on Long Island as it plans to address addiction, homelessness

Boston has cleared a major regulatory hurdle to rebuilding the Long Island bridge, which would reconnect the mainland with a recovery campus on the island.
8/10/20235 minutes, 13 seconds
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Gov. Healey declares a state of emergency in overwhelmed family shelter system

More than 5,500 households are in the state-run family shelter system, an all-time high. The rising number has been driven by an expensive housing market and an increase in newly arrived immigrants. The demand has strained the system.
8/10/20234 minutes, 49 seconds
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Adding more housing units is key for new head of Boston Housing Authority

This week, former City Councilor Kenzie Bok begins her role as administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, the agency that oversees the city's affordable housing. She joined WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about her priorities and approach to addressing the city's housing crisis.
8/10/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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What made it into the $56 billion state budget

WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy talked with reporter and anchor Steve Brown about what made it into the budget and what cut from the $56 billion spending plan.
8/10/20234 minutes
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Slammed by climate emergencies, Mass. farmers ask, 'Now what?'

Volatile weather fueled by climate change has ruined nearly 3,000 acres of crops in Massachusetts, affecting more than 100 farms and costing about $15 million. And it has left farmers asking how to keep farming in a rapidly changing climate.
8/9/20234 minutes, 54 seconds
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Anita Hill remembers the life and legacy of Charles Ogletree

Anita Hill joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy to talk about the life and legacy of Ogletree.
8/8/20234 minutes, 33 seconds
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Approaching absolute zero: A trip to one of the coldest places in New Hampshire

Scientists in New Hampshire are using fridge that reaches about -460 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest temperature that can theoretically be reached, to study how elements are formed in supernova explosions.
8/7/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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Wu says Boston is developing a new strategy to fix problems at 'Mass. and Cass'

Several Boston officials are sounding alarms over the growing tent encampment in the area of Boston known as "Mass and Cass."
8/4/20236 minutes, 30 seconds
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In New Hampshire, Trump's deepening legal challenges divide the Republican field

While some candidates call for Trump to step out of the race, others defend the former president on the campaign trail.
8/4/20236 minutes, 49 seconds
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Extremist watchdog explains New England white supremacists galvanized by Trump

The founder of a veterans-led nonprofit group tracking extremists in New England talks about the role of right-wing groups like NSC-131 in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the threat they pose, and what needs to be done to curtail their actions.
8/3/20234 minutes, 12 seconds
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NAACP Boston president reflects on the national convention

Tanisha Sullivan, president of the Boston NAACP, reflects on the organization's 114th national convention that wrapped up last night.
8/2/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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How Massachusetts Republicans view Trump's latest indictment

WBUR's Morning Edition spoke with a GOP strategist to find out how Massachusetts Republicans are viewing this latest legal trouble for the former president.
8/2/20233 minutes, 59 seconds
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We all contain multitudes. Even Barbie

There are toys that see us through stages of life, and there are people, writes Sara Shukla. Seeing "Barbie" with an old friend reminded her of all the different versions of herself, and how important it is to be seen and loved for all of them.
7/28/20235 minutes, 24 seconds
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How heat alerts could help clinicians intervene for people at high risk

Heat is much more dangerous for some people than others. And heat-related health risks begin much earlier in the year than most people realize. New alerts aim to get this information to patients through doctors and nurses, and emphasize the root cause of rising temperatures: climate change.
7/28/20234 minutes, 57 seconds
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Advocates want to limit how utilities pay for 'political activities' in Mass.

When you pay your monthly gas and electric bills, you might be supporting your utility’s attempts to influence climate policy. Some in Massachusetts want to change this.
7/27/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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Boston While Black founder on NAACP convention

More than 8,000 NAACP delegates are in Boston for the group’s annual convention.
7/26/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Boston expected to get its first heat wave of the summer

Temperatures will likely start to rise Wednesday, and last possibly through Saturday. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has issued a heat emergency for Thursday and Friday.
7/26/20232 minutes, 36 seconds
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State-funded shelters in Mass. reach new record: nearly 5,000 families

The emergency family shelter system is seeing an "unprecedented" increase in homelessness as a result of high housing costs and new arrivals to the state. However, experts say these numbers represent just a fraction of all homeless families in Massachusetts.
7/25/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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Remembering Tony Bennett's craft, and the Boston radio debut that revived his career

Bennett was a born-and-bred New Yorker, but his life story also has roots in Boston. Those who knew him share their reflections on key turning points in his career and the influence he had on the city. The famous vocalist died on Friday.
7/25/20237 minutes, 10 seconds
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Program at William James College tries to reduce veteran suicide by focusing on relationship to guns

The one-day class teaches clinicians, veterans' advocates and family members how to talk with vets about guns, safer storage and reduced access in the event of a mental health crisis, which lessens the chance of suicide.
7/24/20235 minutes, 4 seconds
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Civil rights activist Ted Landsmark reflects on Boston's reputation for racism — and how the city has and hasn't changed

Landsmark occupies a key spot in the story of how Boston earned its reputation. In 1976, amid the uproar in Boston over court-ordered school desegregation, he crossed paths with protesters near City Hall. And that moment was captured in Stanley Forman's photograph, "The Soiling of Old Glory."
7/23/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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How Cape Ann, a lost cat and a meet-cute catalyzed artist Edward Hopper's career

It took time for the now legendary 20th-century artist to find his visual voice. A new exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum transports visitors back to a pivotal summer 100 years ago when Hopper met the woman who would become his model, muse, manager and wife: Josephine Nivison.
7/21/20235 minutes, 41 seconds
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Attorney General Campbell's push to take untraceable ghost guns off the streets

Campbell says the state needs new laws to tackle the problem. She joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy to talk about that proposed legislation.
7/20/20234 minutes, 15 seconds
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What Wu's affordable housing plan could mean for tenants and developers

Mayor Wu's plan to increase the number of affordable housing units in Boston is heading to City Council after being approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency board. While developers say an increase in affordable units would stall construction, advocates say it doesn't go far enough to address the city's housing crisis.
7/19/20233 minutes, 31 seconds
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After affirmative action ban, one small Massachusetts college plots a course to maintain racial diversity

As a small college with a highly personalized admissions process, Olin College in Needham hopes to maintain a diverse student population, despite the end of race-conscious admissions.
7/17/20235 minutes, 7 seconds
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Boston sees increase in homelessness, according to annual census

More people are experiencing homelessness in Boston this year as compared to 2022, according to the latest census by the city.
7/14/20235 minutes, 12 seconds
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In hard-hit Ludlow, Vermont cleanup is underway: 'We are taking care of one another'

Cleanup efforts are underway in Ludlow, Vermont, a community that was hard hit by flooding earlier this week. Community members are coming together to volunteer and offer free services while the area grapples with the damage.
7/14/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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What to know about the proposed law that would ban sales of cell phone location data in Mass.

Boston University law professor Andrew Sellars joined WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about this. 
7/14/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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How Montpelier, Vermont residents are faring following the worst flooding in living memory

The city of Montpelier, Vermont experienced its worst flooding in living memory on Monday and Tuesday. Now, businesses and residents are left with the clean up. Some aren't sure when, or if, they’ll be able to recover.
7/13/20234 minutes, 47 seconds
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Boston Medical Center ends policy that allows migrant families to shelter overnight

For over a year, the hospital let migrant families without housing sleep overnight. Now, citing safety concerns, BMC is barring the parents and children from staying and redirecting them elsewhere. Some families have been given free transportation to Logan Airport to wait there until state field offices and other resources open.
7/11/20235 minutes, 12 seconds
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Mass. health care alliance leader says state's primary care is being overlooked

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners CEO Barbra Rabson wrote about her concerns in a letter published by The Boston Globe on Thursday, and she joined WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about the issue.
7/7/20234 minutes, 12 seconds
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Why heavy rains shut down many Mass. beaches on hot summer days

About 5% of the state’s saltwater beaches had too much bacteria in the water, leading to more than 1,000 days of posted closures.
7/6/20234 minutes, 57 seconds
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How the homegrown and eco-driven Levitate Music Festival was born at a surf shop

This weekend marks 10 years since the celebrated festival, Levitate, was born at a beloved surf shop thanks to one couple's shared love of community and culture. The founders say that a reggae, rock and jam-infused lineup helps foster the event's unique energy.
7/6/20236 minutes, 39 seconds
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Inside the $11 million effort to help Massachusetts residents maintain health coverage

During the COVID health emergency, federal rules allowed MassHealth recipients to keep their benefits indefinitely. But now, people have to prove they qualify and health care providers and community advocates fear people who don't speak English or have easy access to technology could lose access to coverage.
7/5/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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How to get around the Sumner Tunnel closure

The Sumner Tunnel is closed 24/7 from July 5 through the end of August. Here are the ways to get around what officials say will be disruptive traffic, from MBTA trains to ferries to buses.
7/5/20233 minutes, 28 seconds
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What to know ahead of the Boston Pops' Fourth of July concert

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular returns to the Hatch Memorial Shell and brings a lineup of performers prepared to make the night sparkle. Here's what you need to know ahead of the celebration.
7/4/20235 minutes, 7 seconds
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A look inside the U.S. citizenship ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston

Massachusetts became home to new U.S. citizens on Monday. The right hands of 263 people rose as they swore the Oath of Allegiance during a ceremony at Faneuil Hall. 
7/4/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Massachusetts wildland firefighter recounts two weeks fighting wildfires in Canada

James Kontoules says he will view the wildfire smoke in Massachusetts differently now after having fought the Canadian wildfires for two weeks.
7/3/20235 minutes, 3 seconds
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A bittersweet goodbye: 137 orphaned, abandoned black bears returning to the wild

The Kilham Bear Center in Lyme New Hampshire, which raises orphaned cubs, tries to mimic this behavior by releasing bears into the wild in late spring and early summer. This year they raised and are releasing 137 black bears — including two from western Massachusetts.
7/3/20235 minutes, 58 seconds
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'Disheartening and disappointing': Mass. borrowers react to Supreme Court student loan relief ruling

The 6-3 ruling from the court's conservative majority threw out Biden's $400 billion plan to cancel or reduce student loan debt, saying it exceeds his federal authority.
6/30/20231 minute, 52 seconds
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A play in Dorchester aims to boost local climate activism

About twenty community members joined to create the "Dorchester Weather," a play celebrating activism in climate change.
6/30/20232 minutes, 14 seconds
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Harvard, other Mass. universities express anguish over SCOTUS affirmative action ruling

Poised with a video rebuke, Harvard University had braced itself for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down its affirmative action policy. The school, along with many other local colleges, quickly clarified they would comply with the court's decision, while also reaffirming commitments to diverse student populations.
6/30/20238 minutes, 47 seconds
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A big, new Provincetown home for a nonprofit that provides LGBTQ+ youth a safe haven

Summer of Sass will be able to provide employment opportunities and subsidized housing for four times the amount of people thanks to a donor who gave the nonprofit a $3.7 million Victorian house. "This program will never die at this point,” founder Kristen Becker said.
6/30/20234 minutes, 55 seconds
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Unraveling the impacts of the Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

Jonathan Feingold, a Boston University School of Law professor and co-author of an amicus brief in support of Harvard and the University of North Carolina, joins WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about the ramifications of ruling.
6/30/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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Wet weather, but not a washout for the Fourth

Our unsettled pattern continues into the Fourth of July holiday, but don't cancel your outdoor plans just yet.
6/30/20232 minutes, 39 seconds
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Thousands of immigrants expected to seek driver's licenses under new law

Registry of Motor Vehicles officials say they're prepping for the influx, while advocates stress fair treatment for immigrant drivers.
6/28/20233 minutes, 29 seconds
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Don’t call it vegan: What hospitals are learning about nudging people to eat greener

What entices someone to eat less meat? Hospitals are tackling this question as they work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve patients' health. Here's one tip in play at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital: Don't use the words vegan or vegetarian.
6/28/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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A year of rebuilding: Students and teachers reflect on a 'return to normal' in Massachusetts schools

WBUR’s education desk recently caught up with some students and educators across the state to reflect on what they celebrated and struggled with last year.
6/27/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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New report finds Boston immigration court makes seeking asylum harder

A new report from Harvard finds the Biden administration's "Dedicated Docket" immigration court in Boston, which was supposed to speed up the asylum process and make it fairer, makes obtaining asylum harder.
6/27/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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'Peace through the power of the people': Young Bostonians combat gun violence in their communities

After a group held a staged die-in at a busy Dorchester intersection, three people involved in its planning and execution talk to WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy about how gun violence affects them and their communities, and what they want to do to change that.
6/26/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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Why hundreds of thousands of poor, disabled children are missing out on federal help

Over the past decade, the number of children receiving Supplemental Security Income has dropped dramatically. There is evidence that when young people lose this money, they are more likely to commit crimes and end up in prison.
6/23/20237 minutes, 55 seconds
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How the Dobbs abortion decision is playing out in Massachusetts, one year later

Massachusetts has not experienced much of the political turmoil triggered by the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs decision, which ended the constitutional right to an abortion. But the state is feeling the effects of a deepening divide on abortion playing out across the country.
6/23/20234 minutes, 33 seconds
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Celebrating Black music and culture, BAMS Fest is back for its fifth year and bigger than ever

The festival will take place over three days and expects close to 15,000 attendees. Founder Catherine Morris says, “You should feel free to be able to run. You should feel free to be able to do a cartwheel. You should feel free to dance."
6/22/20236 minutes, 26 seconds
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The hidden queer history of Boston suffragettes

Author Wendy Rouse unearthed the experience of local queer suffragettes in her book, "Public Spaces, Secret Lives: A Queer History of the Suffrage Movement." In this interview with WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy, learn about the local examples of queer people in the struggle for women's voting rights.
6/21/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Alzheimer’s stopped her from finishing a rug. A stranger stepped up to help

This is a story about a hand-hooked rug, the woman who couldn’t complete it and a stranger who stepped in to help. They found each other through Loose Ends, a network of volunteer crafters in 42 countries launched just 10 months ago.
6/20/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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Parents and educators push back against proposed move of Boston's O'Bryant School

While they acknowledged the need for more space, O'Bryant parents and teachers raised concerns about potential consequences, like a decline in diversity, the disruption of community partnerships, and longer commutes.
6/20/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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‘We are our ancestors' wildest dreams’: Sharing stories from the African diaspora

We want to make theater in a way that we're not just replicating the same damaging systems. We’re thinking about whose stories we tell, and whose experience we center in telling those stories, say Dawn Meredith Simmons and Maurice Emmanuel Parent who are co-founders and co-artistic producers of The Front Porch Arts Collective, a Black theater company.
6/20/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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Some Charlestown residents say Battle of Bunker Hill isn't properly recognized

The Charlestown Historic Battlefield District Committee wants a designation to mark the larger footprint of the Battle of Bunker Hill. They seek to protect against encroaching development — which some other residents welcome. 
6/20/20234 minutes, 4 seconds
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Renee Graham explains why she's worried about the 'gentrification' of Juneteenth

Congress established it as a federal holiday just two years ago in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. But Boston Globe columnist Renee Graham argues that some may be using the holiday to avoid deeper conversations about race and slavery.
6/19/20234 minutes, 30 seconds
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Boston composer honors Phillis Wheatley with original music inspired by acclaimed poet's work

Musician Mel Fitzhugh said she hopes her music can help amplify Wheatley's story of becoming the first African-American to publish a volume of poetry while growing up enslaved in the home of a prominent Boston family.
6/18/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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Families of donors to Harvard Medical School are angry, grieving over alleged body thefts

Some families are still waiting to hear whether their loved ones' bodies were among those allegedly stolen and sold by the former Harvard morgue manager.
6/17/20233 minutes, 27 seconds
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Boston artist-in-residence explores how city could reimagine development

Lily Xie joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy to discuss.
6/16/20234 minutes, 30 seconds
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To end its reliance on planet-warming oil, Maine pushes for heat pumps and weatherization

New England states rely fairly heavily on oil heating compared to the rest of the country. Maine in particular is struggling to transition its more rural homes to less fossil-fuel intensive heating options.
6/16/20234 minutes, 50 seconds
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From ponies to performers, Suffolk Downs resets as outdoor music venue

The former horse race track has made way for The Stage, which opens this weekend with a three-day music series called Re:SET, featuring headliners Steve Lacy, LCD Soundsystem and boygenius.
6/16/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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New new sky-high observatory View Boston opens today at the Prudential Center

View Boston, a new sky-high observatory, opens today at the top of the Prudential Center. WBUR’s Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy stopped by for an early tour from The View's owners, Boston Properties.
6/15/20233 minutes, 20 seconds
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Boston City Hall, loathed and loved, needs millions of dollars in repairs

The aging Brutalist fortress is in need of significant repairs. The city has earmarked $80 million for its upkeep in the most recent capital plan.
6/15/20234 minutes, 38 seconds
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Harvard Medical School morgue manager accused of stealing, selling human body parts as part of 'nationwide network'

The indictment alleges that starting in 2018, Cedric Lodge began taking body parts that had been donated for medical research and bringing them to his home in Goffstown, N.H. He and his wife are accused of selling the cadaver parts to others.
6/14/20233 minutes, 53 seconds
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Why Boston financial giants are still into crypto despite rocky times

Large Massachusetts-based companies Fidelity and State Street continue to offer investments in crypto. During a tumultuous period, they've even increased opportunities for digital investing.
6/13/20233 minutes, 31 seconds
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Pride parade returns to Boston for the first time in 3 years

Hundreds of thousands of people descended on Boston Saturday for the first Pride parade in three years. The annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community was delayed by the pandemic, and then canceled after its organizing committee disbanded.
6/12/20233 minutes, 10 seconds
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The wild, frenzied race to finish the Boston 48 Hour Film Project

This cinematic throwdown saw 72 teams working over a weekend to make a short film. WBUR senior arts reporter Andrea Shea followed one group's effort to finish their movie on time.
6/12/20236 minutes, 56 seconds
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Inside the plan to expand universal pre-K in Cambridge

The new initiative is a public-private partnership that offers free preschool programming through the Cambridge Public Schools, child care centers, and in-home family child care providers.
6/9/20231 minute, 52 seconds
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Patients, doctor say closing of Emerson Hospital addiction medication program worsens 'treatment desert'

The program served a swath of suburban towns along the Route 2 corridor and rural towns in Middlesex County. Emerson Health says the program saw a "limited number" of patients, and it's shifting priorities to focus on inpatient and emergency behavioral health care.
6/8/20236 minutes, 4 seconds
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Amid Catholic push to govern gender expression, a Boston parish staffer focuses on trans inclusion

As a number of Catholic organizations across the country roll out guidelines that limit gender expression, one staffer at a parish in Chestnut Hill has tried to make his church welcoming to trans and queer people.
6/8/20234 minutes, 57 seconds
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Harvard's women's hockey coach retires amid investigation

Harvard's women's hockey coach, Katey Stone, is retiring after three decades in the role. The announcement came amid an investigation into her alleged abuse, hazing and racist behavior toward the team. Katie Strang, a senior investigative writer with The Athletic speaks with WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy about the investigation and the larger context of abuse in sports.
6/7/20234 minutes, 12 seconds
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Massachusetts hasn't embraced factory-made housing. Some say it's time

Proponents argue modular buildings could help ease a severe housing shortage. This type of construction has gained traction in Sweden and states like Pennsylvania and California.
6/5/20234 minutes, 31 seconds
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Collaborative and a bit noisy: Mass. school districts explore alternatives to MCAS exams

Changing student demographics, including a growing number of English learners, is causing Massachusetts educators to question the value of the traditional testing regime.
6/2/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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I like you new 'Little Mermaid.' I just want more

Theresa Okokon loved "The Little Mermaid" as a child. Thirty-four years after the original, Ariel's face changed, but the story stayed the same, she writes.
6/2/20236 minutes, 2 seconds
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With masks off in hospitals, people with disabilities weigh the risk of care

Elderly and disabled people remain at higher risk of getting severely sick from COVID, even as much of society moves on from the pandemic.
6/1/20234 minutes, 52 seconds
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One-third of Mass. residents are food insecure, report finds

Greater Boston Food Bank president and CEO Catherine D’Amato joins WBUR's Morning Edition to discuss they key findings from a new report the group released, and what steps government and community groups may need to take to address food insecurity.
5/31/20234 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Celtics lost Game 7. What went wrong?

WBUR reporter Simón Rios talks about the team's challenges in Game 7, from injured players to a weak defense, and what changes to look out for in the offseason.
5/30/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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Proposed task force would address Mass. domestic violence records law found to shield abusers

A WBUR investigation revealed that by keeping records secret, a statute designed to protect victims instead protects alleged abusers.
5/30/20233 minutes, 44 seconds
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White's putback as time expires lifts Celtics past Heat, forces Game 7 in East finals

The Celtics moved to the brink of the greatest comeback in NBA playoffs history Saturday, holding off the Miami Heat to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.
5/28/20234 minutes, 5 seconds
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This one goes out to all the Taylor Swift parents

For the parents of Taylor Swift fans, this concert was more than an event, writes Joanna Weiss. We heard the soundtrack of our kids’ childhoods, a discography that spans nearly two decades, so long and broad and varied that it serves as a marker of time.
5/26/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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Musician Noah Kahan reflects on 'Stick Season,' New England and his Boston Calling debut

The singer-songwriter rose to fame thanks to a song about Vermont. On Saturday, the 26-year-old takes the stage at Boston Calling. Ahead of his performance, he shared how New England became a muse for his music.
5/26/20236 minutes, 43 seconds
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How The Q-Tip Bandits manifested a slot at Boston Calling

The band brings a fusion of indie-pop, rock, funk and soul to the music festival on Saturday, which marks the achievement of a dream singer-guitarist Leo Son had when The Q-Tip Bandits formed five years ago.
5/25/20236 minutes, 53 seconds
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As GOP presidential candidates visit New Hampshire, Trump still casts long shadow

A half dozen Republican hopefuls have traveled to New Hampshire to seek voter support, but polls show Trump with a big lead.
5/25/20235 minutes
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New 'food forest' in Mattapan a space to harvest food and grow community

The Edgewater Food Forest in Mattapan is a formerly vacant lot now filled with fruit trees and berry bushes. Anyone in the community can harvest food for free.
5/25/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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The unexpected story of how the birth control pill was invented and tested

In over 100 countries, the pill is available without a prescription. As the Food and Drug Administration considers a similar move in the U.S., advocates are revisiting the pill’s quirky and controversial beginnings.
5/24/20234 minutes, 37 seconds
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Remembering Rick Hoyt, a Boston Marathon fixture

The son in the father-son wheelchair duo, known for competing in the Boston Marathon, has died. Rick Hoyt’s family says he passed away Monday from respiratory complications.
5/23/20234 minutes, 9 seconds
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Boston cyclists hope more commuters give two wheels a spin

Boston officials hope to encourage at least 8% of commuters to bike to work by 2030. They invited cyclists to City Hall Plaza last week for free bike checks and breakfast. Hundreds of cyclists attended the event.
5/23/20232 minutes, 9 seconds
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With layoffs and higher interest rates, the tech industry in Mass. is course-correcting

Despite layoffs in the tech sector, many Massachusetts companies are still hiring. But insiders say higher interest rates could bring challenges, especially for startups.
5/22/20232 minutes, 23 seconds
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Mass. high court says pedestrians could challenge arrests for racial bias

Boston University Law Professor Gerry Leonard joins WBUR's Morning Edition to talk about this ruling.
5/18/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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How are some districts responding to the teacher shortage? With H-1B visas

About 48% of school leaders in the Northeast reported feeling understaffed going into the current school year, according to a recent U.S. Department of Education survey. Districts in need of bilingual teachers say their staffing woes are even more acute.
5/18/20234 minutes, 40 seconds
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Two federal investigations accuse U.S. Attorney Rollins of abuses of power

In a 155-page report, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General said its “most concerning” finding was that Rollins appeared to use her position as U.S. attorney “to disclose non-public, sensitive DOJ information” to a reporter about a potential DOJ investigation of then-interim Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden.
5/17/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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To find right whales, some scientists want to find their food's food

With climate change, their food source is migrating and the whales are moving, too. This makes it even more important to know where the are and where they’re going will be to protect them from fish gear entanglement and boat strike
5/17/20234 minutes, 30 seconds
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Why U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins is resigning

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Rachael Rollins is expected to submit her letter of resignation to Pres. Joe Biden by end of day Friday, following a months-long investigation by the Department of Justice into her attendance at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser last year and other potential ethical breaches.
5/17/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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Lynch allegations spark calls for changing toxic restaurant culture

The restaurant community continues to reel in the wake of abuse allegations against Boston chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch. The accusations are raising broader questions about restaurant culture, and its impact on workers and their mental health. And some in the industry are looking towards solutions.
5/16/20236 minutes, 43 seconds
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I love my dog with all my heart. Sort of

Getting a puppy, when you already have a houseful of kids, means voluntarily agreeing to more caretaking, more disciplining, more cleaning, writes Sara Petersen. If only it were as simple as adding an adorable furball to the mix.
5/15/20236 minutes, 26 seconds
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Back Bay to Nubian Square: 2 miles and a 23-year life expectancy gap

A startling analysis from the Boston Public Health Commission shows the longest average life expectancy in Boston is nearly 92 years, for residents in a section of the Back Bay. Residents in a section of Roxbury have the shortest expected life span, just under 69 years.
5/12/20235 minutes, 32 seconds
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What Boston City Council must consider as it redraws district map

Discrimination Attorney Ana Munoz spoke with WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy about the fine balance councilors must strike between the state Constitution and the Voting Rights Act, which allows district boundaries to consider race.
5/12/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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Restoring a rare habitat to protect an unlikely ecological hero: moths

The Nature Conservancy is restoring a 97-acre site called the "Medicine Lots" on Martha's Vineyard. The site is a biological hotspot, home to 19 rare species, including 16 rare moths.
5/12/20234 minutes, 49 seconds
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New court filings indicate feds are investigating alleged retaliation at Mass. max security prison

A federal grand jury has been looking for at least a year into alleged brutality and retaliation by officers at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a prisoner's lawyer says.
5/11/20232 minutes, 56 seconds
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'Here we go again': Critics decry CNN's decision to air Trump town hall in N.H.

The town hall represents a reunion between Trump, who's been limiting his appearances to conservative media outlets, and CNN, which stopped airing his events after 2016. CNN's new leader said the network should feature the voices of liberals as well as conservatives, including Trump.
5/10/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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State ending COVID public health emergency

To find out more about what this means for Massachusetts, WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy spoke to Boston University School of Public Health professor Dr. David Hamer.
5/10/20234 minutes, 33 seconds
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Kate Baer has always been a writer

When Kate Baer got pregnant, unexpectedly, with her fourth child, something shifted. “I had this decision to make,” explains the best-selling author. “Am I going to drown -- lose my life -- or am I going to completely change everything?”
5/10/20234 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why '100% renewable electricity' plans may not be as green as you think

When you sign up for a 100% renewable electricity plan with a competitive supplier, you might not be getting what you think you're getting.
5/9/20235 minutes, 43 seconds
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Why a plan to drive down electric prices in Mass. led to higher bills

Massachusetts is one of about a dozen states where residents can choose to buy electricity from a supplier other than their default utility. The hope was that competitive electric suppliers would save people money; instead, residents are paying more.
5/8/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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A telehealth startup is helping Massachusetts schools bridge youth mental health care

This school year, 15 districts have partnered with Cambridge-based mental health care startup Cartwheel Care to offer short-term virtual therapy. The partnership aims to engage school leaders and counselors in referrals and minimize wait times for students seeking care during a time of high demand.
5/5/20234 minutes, 57 seconds
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Despite efforts, barriers remain to accessing Massachusetts' beaches

UMass Boston professor John Duff has been studying the issue, and joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy to talk about it. 
5/5/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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Judy Blume taught 11-year-old me: ‘I might be normal, and I am not alone’

In the early 1970s, and for years after that, a lot of girls didn’t merely get a kick out of "Margaret" — Judy Blume's book felt like a necessity, writes Sharon Brody. The world was a straight-talk desert and this novel served as the oasis.
5/4/20235 minutes, 58 seconds
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Major organ center in Waltham flagged over low donation numbers

Massachusetts may be known for its hospitals and innovation, but its organ donation program is underperforming. A Waltham-based nonprofit called New England Donor Services has been under fire from Congress, and new federal data show the group isn’t finding enough donors for transplant patients.
5/4/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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Two classical music ensembles invest in a digital future

During the pandemic, Boston Baroque and Guerilla Opera experimented with virtual streaming. Now, both organizations are developing plans with in-person and online audiences in mind.
5/4/20236 minutes, 41 seconds
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Two dance companies turn pandemic survival into evolution

Three years ago when the pandemic began, Angkor Dance Troupe and the Boston Ballet were both brought to a halt. Now, the companies are stabilizing and rebuilding.
5/3/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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How two museums are resetting for a post-pandemic world

The New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have been facing similar, yet different dilemmas as they create new models for survival.
5/2/20236 minutes, 2 seconds
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Little appetite for rent control on Beacon Hill

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is pressing hard to introduce rent control in the city, in hopes of stabilizing the housing market for tenants. A city-backed bill to cap rent increases at 10% on roughly half the city's rental units has been on Beacon Hill for more than a month. Lawmakers are not rushing to sign on.
5/2/20232 minutes, 43 seconds
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What to watch for in the Celtics v. 76ers semifinals

Keith Pompey, who covers the Sixers for the Philadelphia Inquirer, shares his analysis for the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Monday at TD Garden.
5/1/20235 minutes, 12 seconds
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Mass. set up a mental health hotline. 6,000 people called in the first 3 months

Under an ambitious effort to improve behavioral health care, Massachusetts has set up a new helpline to connect residents with services 24 hours a day — for free.
5/1/20234 minutes, 13 seconds
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Boston theaters survived COVID. Can they survive what's next?

It has been three years since the pandemic brought live theater to a halt. In Greater Boston, theater companies large and small are charting a new path forward.
5/1/20234 minutes, 47 seconds
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How Teixeira, the accused intelligence leaker, got a gun permit after two denials

Dighton police twice denied his gun applications, court records show, because Teixeira was suspened in high school after a classmate overheard him making racial threats and talking about weapons.
4/28/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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Laura Levis' death outside ER has changed hospital signage, lighting in Mass.

Laura Levis died of an asthma attack right outside the Somerville Hospital emergency room in 2016. She couldn't find the correct entrance and wasn't located by hospital employees after she called 911.
4/27/20238 minutes, 4 seconds
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State misconduct puts 27,000 drunken driving convictions at risk, Mass. high court rules

Massachusetts highest court has issued a ruling that says problems in a state forensic testing lab could result in the dismissal of tens of thousands drunken driving cases.
4/27/20234 minutes, 40 seconds
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As Mass. considers funds for prisoner re-entry, advocates say more is needed

The state Department of Correction is making a case for an overall budget increase next fiscal year, and more money for programs that help people transition to life outside of prison, a process known as "re-entry."
4/24/20233 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ashland mother and daughter trapped in Sudan as violent military conflict continues

Teacher Trillian Clifford and her 18-month-old daughter were living in Sudan when a sudden and violent conflict between two militarized factions erupted just over a week ago. The two have been trapped and sheltering in place as the conflict continues.
4/23/20234 minutes, 35 seconds
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For New England farmers, silvopasture could be a key adaptation to a changing climate

One of agriculture’s top climate change solutions is not a new idea, but it’s starting to gain momentum in New England, a region that in recent years dealt with extreme rainfall and periods of extended drought.
4/21/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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Boston's SatanCon expected to be largest ever gathering of Satanists

Hundreds of Satanists will converge in Boston's Copley Square at the end of April for the second annual SatanCon. But they aren't coming to worship the devil.
4/21/20235 minutes, 13 seconds
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Singer Ali McGuirk blends the serious and playful to create her signature sound

The New England musician pulls inspiration from '90s pop divas, classic rockers and jazz legends. And on her latest album, "Til It's Gone," she doesn't shy away from complicated issues.
4/20/20237 minutes, 7 seconds
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Natural burials were illegal in Vermont. Now they're having a resurgence

There are no embalming fluids, no monuments, no manicured lawn. These natural burials are taking place year-round in Vermont as they become increasingly popular for several reasons including the benefit to the environment.
4/20/20234 minutes, 32 seconds
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How Brockton school interpreters build connections with parents

Brockton Public Schools is one of a handful of districts in Massachusetts where about half of the student body speak a language other than English at home. Here's a look inside the school system's newest facility where educators are using translation services as a way to forge deeper connections with parents.
4/20/20235 minutes, 3 seconds
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As Bay State College collapses, students feel abandoned

Set to close in August after losing its accreditation, the for-profit school had bright spots — like its nursing program — that are now set to disappear.
4/19/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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Simone Leigh's work at the ICA is an ode to Black womanhood

Last year, Simone Leigh became the first Black woman to represent the U.S. at the Venice Biennale. Now on view in Boston, a survey of her work explores the interwoven threads of race and gender.