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Word Matters is a show for readers, writers, and anyone who ever loved their English class. Join Merriam-Webster editors as they challenge supposed grammar rules, reveal the surprising origins behind words, tackle common questions, and generally geek out about the beautiful nightmare that is language.
 
Outrageous, funny and heartwarming true stories told in five minutes by your friends and neighbors from around the valley. The audience picks the winner, and the winning stories are featured on the Valley Voices Podcast. Valley Voices is presented by New England Public Media and the Academy of Music.
 
New England Public Radio and the Academy of Music Theatre collaborated to present four live Story Slam events at Hinge in Northampton, MA in 2014-15. The season culminated on Saturday, April 18 in a main stage Best of Valley Voices production at the Academy of Music Theater. The Best of Valley Voices crown went to Susanne Schmidt who also took first place in November’s Lost in Translation slam! Congratulations to Susanne and the rest of our amazing storytellers! You can find all the stories ...
 
NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America's oldest places, at a time of change. It's based at Connecticut Public Radio in Hartford and is hosted by Morgan Springer. With New England as our laboratory, NEXT asks questions about how we power our society, how we move around, and how we adapt. It's about trends that provide us challenges and present us with new opportunities. New England has old rules and customs, with well-worn pathways forged centuries ago, and ...
 
In Contrast, explores culture in the making with host Ilan Stavans. Join us for a look at creativity and the creative process through the eyes of artists, activists, translators, writers, politicians and musicians, in a space that encourages diverse perspectives and where divergent voices can be heard. From New England Public Radio (NEPR), In Contrast is released twice a month. Music heard on In Contrast is provided by the Fresh Cut Orchestra.
 
What's your story? WGBH's first-ever live action online series, "One Guest," asks that question and finds answers that are sometimes offbeat, always interesting, and definitely leave you wanting more. Hosted by WGBH talent from various departments within the foundation, "One Guest" is a series of short-form webisodes that feature one-on-one interviews with people throughout New England. And they all have a story to tell.
 
Keeping it 101 is the podcast that helps our nerdy listeners make sense of religion. Why religion? Well, if you read the news, have a body, exist in public, or think about race, gender, class, ability, or sexuality, you likely also think about religion — even if you don’t know it yet. Let us show you why religion is both a lot more important and a little easier to understand than you might think. Each 40-ish minute episode has a topic: a core idea we’re trying to get y’all to think through—t ...
 
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) A. Baker, Dr. Candace Kuby, Dr. Sarah Vander Zanden Updated October 2019 Purpose Statement The ability to proficiently read and write is paramount to successful completion of a high school education, college education, and securing gainful employment. The public has minimal access to the most current research conducted in literacy studies. Very few non-researchers subscribe to such research journals as Reading Research Quarterly (RRQ) or the Journal of Lite ...
 
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Today on Boston Public Radio: We open lines to talk with listeners about Gov. Charlie Baker’s latest easing of restrictions in Mass., and the slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines here in the Commonwealth. Media maven Sue O'Connell discussed President Biden's latest executive order addressing Title VII protections for LGBT Americans, and weighs in on t…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: NBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd talks about Wednesday’s inauguration, what he’s expecting for vaccine rollout under President Biden, and weighs in on an upcoming NFL playoff game between his team, the Green Bay Packers, and Tom Brady’s Buccaneers. Next, we open lines to talk with listeners about your hopes fo…
 
Food writer Corby Kummer spoke to Boston Public Radio on Thursday about a new report by Farm Forward that investigates the differences between animal welfare labels on food. “Whole Foods gets dinged, because they decided they weren’t going to go with the Animal Welfare Society or Certified Humane, they were going to do their own standards and they …
 
The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are the first of their kind to use mRNA. This week on NEXT, how this new experimental technology could help fight diseases like cancer and cystic fibrosis. Plus, some of the challenges of vaccine distribution in New England. And a new podcast, “Anything For Selena,” explores the Mexican American pop star’s l…
 
Winter is a good time to plan for better garden soil. Soil is the soul of your garden. As goes the soil, so grows your plants. In my new book, The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening , I talk all about growing vegetables, herbs and flowers without tilling, turning or disturbing the soil. There are many good reasons for gardening this way.…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: We air live audio from President Biden’s inauguration ceremony, and speak with listeners about your impressions of the ceremony and thoughts on Biden becoming the 46th President of the United States. Callie Crossley, host of GBH’s Under the Radar and Basic Black, offers her own take on Wednesday's inauguration ceremony…
 
State lawmakers want to ban all flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products for good this legislative session to cut off their popularity with kids and teens. Anti-smoking and public health advocates hope the bill will ultimately reduce vaping and tobacco addiction among youth, as well as address some racial health disparities.…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: We first open lines to talk with listeners about your thoughts on the final day of President Donald Trump’s presidency. NBC Sports Boston reporter and anchor Trenni Kusnierek talks about Tom Brady's success beyond the Patriots, frustration with a lack of Black coaches in the NFL, and the scheduled appearance of Sarah F…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: We kick things off by opening our lines, talking with listeners about honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with acts of public service. King Boston Executive Director Imari Paris Jeffries talks about his organization’s forthcoming memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders on Boston Commo…
 
Six days after the close of a tumultuous 2020, Americans witnessed a new level of tragedy at the nation’s capital. Fueled by lies of a rigged election, angry protests turned riotous, leaving five people — including at least one police officer — dead, dozens wounded, and, within a week, one president impeached. Boston Public Radio interviewed a hand…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: We kick things off by opening lines, talking with listeners about the slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Mass. Media Sue O’Connell talks about the prospective mayoral campaign of William Gross, Boston’s first Black police commissioner, First Lady Melania Trump’s reaction to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, an…
 
Images of the mob that attacked the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6 show a dizzying array of political and religious symbols among the crowd. There were flags, logos, sweatshirts and tattoos. Philip Gorski is a professor of sociology and religious studies at Yale University and author of American Babylon: Christianity and Democracy Before and After…
 
In early March, Vic Gara came down with severe muscle aches, headaches and a rising blood pressure, indicators of COVID-19 that weren’t well understood early on in the pandemic. “Taking a shower, just the water hurt my body,” he said. “I couldn’t sleep. I slowly became hypoxic. I just couldn’t breathe.” Eventually, he was admitted to Hartford Hospi…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: Rep. Jim McGovern talks about the significance of Wednesday’s impeachment of President Trump, where he played a key role, and reflects on what’s to come for American democracy. Next, we open lines to talk about Wednesday’s impeachment, and whether you’re worried about it backfiring on President-elect Biden. Former Suff…
 
The U.S. Capitol has seen countless protests and a number of violent incidents over its two centuries. But what we observed last week, when a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol intent on stopping the count of electoral votes, has been called unprecedented.By Lori Mack
 
Despite recent statements made by President Trump in Alamo, Tx., Ali Noorani said on Thursday’s Boston Public Radio that the outgoing president's years-long promise of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border fell far short of expectations. "He claimed that hundreds of mile of wall had been built,” the National Immigration Forum CEO said of Trump’s Tues…
 
Well, less than two weeks into 2021 and the surprises just keep coming. Among the more pleasant ones so far: The popular app TikTok seems to have been taken over by sea shanties. Yes, sea shanties -- those catchy, sometimes bawdy songs of the sea. Just a few measures into one of these ditties and you can almost picture a ragtag group of sailors hoi…
 
Severe storms. Heat waves. Rising seas. New England is already seeing the impacts of climate change, and scientists project they will become more severe and deadly, shaping how we live and work in the northeastern U.S. In a special ahead of Inauguration Day, the New England News Collaborative and America Amplified look at climate change in our regi…
 
Severe storms. Heat waves. Rising seas. New England is already seeing the impacts of climate change, and scientists project they will become more deadly, shaping how we live and work in the northeastern U.S. This week on NEXT, in a special ahead of Inauguration Day, the New England News Collaborative and America Amplified look at climate change in …
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: Rep. Jake Auchincloss discusses Wednesday’s impeachment vote in the House of Representatives, taking place mere days after he was sworn into his first congressional term, and why he’s optimistic about America’s future. BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius talks about the current state of hybrid learning at Boston Publi…
 
CNN analyst Juliette Kayyem joined Boston Public Radio on Wednesday, reflecting on last week’s riot and her recent piece for the Atlantic, “How MAGA Extremism Ends,” about the path towards peace in the U.S. “It took me a while to feel comfortable writing this,” she said of the essay and its stark condemnation of President Trump. “It’s very hard to …
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: We open lines to talk with listeners about anxiety related to last week’s storming of the Capitol, and the troubling possibility of similar attacks ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration. NBC Sports Boston reporter and anchor Trenni Kusnierek discusses Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s decision not to accept the P…
 
J.R. Romano announced Tuesday night that he has resigned as chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party. Last October, Romano had said he would step down at the end of his term in June. The immediate resignation marks a surprise development. He said in a short email statement that he decided his resignation was best for the party. In an interview,…
 
Etymology meets entomology this week (at last!) as we dive into just how the ladybug got its name. Then, we look at the curious, similar pairing of the words 'transmissible' and 'transmittable.' Hosted by Emily Brewster, Neil Serven, Ammon Shea, and Peter Sokolowski. Produced in collaboration with New England Public Media. Transcript available here…
 
In which Ilyse and Megan provide a quick refresher on what we covered in seasons 1& 2 and set up the new format for season 3: intros to public scholarship, white evangelical racism in what's now the US, why early Christianity is way more complicated (and interesting!) than you might know, and why the study of Islam can, should, and does include dji…
 
As Connecticut prepares to transition into Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout, there’s growing concern about reaching diverse communities who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 illness and death. To address the problem, Dr. Jorge Moreno, an internist and assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine, posted a video about his experi…
 
In a series of changes to initial guidelines, Trump administration officials announced Tuesday that states should vaccinate all residents 65 years and older sooner rather than later. Federal health officials are also encouraging states to expand the next phase of vaccine distribution to all adults who have preexisting conditions that put them at an…
 
Food writer Corby Kummer spoke to Boston Public Radio on Tuesday about how the pandemic has affected the lives of food delivery workers. “So much of the gig economy is being laid bare by the pandemic,” he said. “In one way, restaurant delivery has gone up by 40 or 50 percent, a huge amount.” DoorDash went public on the New York Stock Exchange in De…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: Sen. Ed Markey explains why he believes President Trump should be impeached, in the wake of last week's riot in the Capitol. He also touches on the future of left-wing legislative efforts now Democrats will control both houses of Congress, and responded to recent reporting on his bizarre donut-eating habit. Next, we op…
 
The associate dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Southern Connecticut State, Jonathan Wharton, was also once a congressional staffer. In the aftermath of the invasion by pro-Trump extremists into Congress, he talked with All Things Considered host John Henry Smith about what happened in the previously hallowed hallways he on…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: Rep. Ayanna Pressley discusses House plans to bring forward articles of impeachment against President Trump next week, following Wednesday’s riot. She also reflects on what it was like being in the Capitol during the storming, and spoke about Boston City Council President Kim Janey potentially becoming both Boston’s fi…
 
The nation was glued to the footage from the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, as a mob broke windows and doors, streaming into the rotunda and the House chamber. Images of legislators lying under desks and wearing gas masks as the building was evacuated were unprecedented and shocking. In Connecticut, both those who oppose and those who support President Do…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: Washington Post op-ed columnist E.J. Dionne responds to Wednesday’s chaos incited by Trump mob in Washington, D.C., and the impact it might have on the future of President Trump’s political influence post-presidency. He also weighs in on President-elect Biden's choice of Merrick Garland, his former college friend, to s…
 
Two New Haven County residents under the age of 25 years old have tested positive for a new, more transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2, the type of coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Medical experts say this variant, scientifically labeled B.1.1.7 and first discovered in the United Kingdom, appears to spread more easily and quickly. But the U.S. Cent…
 
Public school enrollment in New England is down during the pandemic. But even when kids are enrolled, it can be a struggle to get some to show up. This week on NEXT, how one district is tackling absenteeism and why doctors are increasingly concerned about youth mental health. Plus, Massachusetts school districts try to cope with a teacher shortage.…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: M.I.T. economist Jonathan Gruber talks about what an expanded stimulus relief package might look like with Democrats in control of the Senate. He also responds to listener questions about what’s in the latest $900 billion package, passed in December. Next, we open lines to talk with callers about the Republicans challe…
 
Speaking on Boston Public Radio Wednesday, CNN analyst Juliette Kayyem took a moment to reflect on Tuesday’s Senate runoff victory for Democrat Raphael Warnock in Georgia. Warnock will join the Senate after serving 15 years as pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. presided as co-pastor throughout the 1960’s. "A m…
 
Some primary care physicians are being left out of the first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations, even if they are treating patients with the illness. Medical ethicist Art Caplan told Boston Public Radio on Wednesday the issue is a “snafu” in the distribution plans that routed much of the initial doses to hospitals, and left out doctors with no hospital …
 
How is it possible that a word like 'oversight' can refer to both watchful care and an inadvertent error? Why didn't someone stop this and bring order to the English language? Today we discuss the linguistic oddities known as contronyms. (Or auto-antonyms. Or Janus words. There's a long list.) Then, we'll try to untangle the strange and twisting pa…
 
Today on Boston Public Radio: Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett discusses news around the COVID-19 vaccines, from their slower-than-anticipated rollout in the U.S., to questions of whether vaccine skeptics are right to feel hesitant about getting their shot. She also responds to questions and comments from listeners. Gergen Barnett is the vice chair of …
 
Friend of the pod and OG Religion Nerd podcaster Prof. Kristian Petersen made us this incredibly thoughtful compilation of "course evaluations" of the pod! OUR EMOTIONS, Y'ALL OUR EMOTIONS Thanks to Prof. Petersen for pulling together and producing this episode, and to Profs. Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada, Tara Baldrick-Morrone, Richard Newton, Candace …
 
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