Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


“They’ve Destroyed My Family” – The Story Of A Mother’s Last-Minute Deportation

October 19, 2018

Miguel Torres said his wife’s deportation didn’t come as a complete surprise. Glenda Cardenas Caballero was undocumented and had a order of deportation from 2005. He said the family had tried for years to find a way for her to stay. “They tried to deport her three times,” he said. “But then we continued doing the appeals. We’ve been always complying with every single detail.”

Gubernatorial Candidates Explore Energy Policy, Economy And Environment

October 19, 2018

How are gubernatorial candidates around our region talking about climate change? Annie Ropeik and Bruce Gellerman join John Dankosky to discuss how the candidates for Governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire are discussing environmental issues. 

Food Pantry In Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Tries To Ease Stigma Of Getting Help

October 18, 2018

Early on a Wednesday morning in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a line of people perused boxes of fresh apples and green beans, frozen meat, and bags of bagels and biscuits at the South Congregational Church Community Food Pantry.

Quebec Dairy Farmers Protest New Trade Deal Welcomed By U.S. Counterparts

October 18, 2018

While the U.S. dairy industry has welcomed the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, Canadian farmers say it will further erode a support system that has kept markets strong and many dairy producers profitable.

Maine Gubernatorial Candidates Have Doubts About CMP Transmission Corridor Plan

October 16, 2018

Maine’s candidates for governor are voicing varying degrees of skepticism about Central Maine Power’s plan to build a major transmission corridor from Canada through Maine — though that doesn’t necessarily mean the candidates are against it.

‘Not Going Anywhere’: Hartford Youth Group Finds Voice In Fight Against Gun Violence

October 12, 2018

Gunfire brought chaos to the West Indian Day Parade in Hartford a decade ago. Some parade goers assumed fireworks — until they saw a kid on the ground.

At Hampshire College, A Mock Museum Of Appropriated Puerto Rican Identity

October 12, 2018

Many of the photos in Pablo Delano’s exhibit at Hampshire College are more than 100 years old. They depict the island’s lush flora and fauna, and its people — as farmers, beauty queens, jail inmates — and in most cases, there’s some connection to the U.S. government.

What New England Can Learn From Kansas About Creating A Wind Energy Economy

October 11, 2018

As New England invests in wind energy projects off of our coasts, the amount of wind energy we use still pales in comparison to states in the “wind belt.” One such example is Kansas. Philip Warburg explains what states in our region can learn from states that we don’t usually think of as leaders in renewable energy.

How The Two Candidates For Massachusetts Governor Compare On Environmental Issues

October 11, 2018

Massachusetts environmental politics and policies take center stage this week at Boston’s Museum of Science. There, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic nominee Jay Gonzalez will take turns discussing their environmental records and plans for the state’s future.

Researchers Try To Build A Better Life Jacket To Keep Lobstermen Alive

October 9, 2018

Early on a July morning, Massachusetts lobsterman Steve Holler and his sternman Frank Lenardis haul lobster traps out of Boston Harbor over the edge of Holler’s boat, the November Gale, and dump the catch into a holding tray.


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