Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


‘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.

In Cora’s Hometown, The Red Sox’s Success Shifts Focus From Hurricane

October 5, 2018

When he gets a text message from Alex Cora, Joseamid Rodriguez is all goosebumps. He pulls out his phone to show a recent text exchange with the Red Sox manager, in which Rodriguez congratulates Cora for clinching a spot in the playoffs, then pulls up his arm to prove he gets goosebumps.

In Punta Santiago, It’s A Microcosm Of A Battered Puerto Rico

October 4, 2018

A middle-aged woman sat over a pail of water, a blue umbrella shielding her from the scorching sun. Surrounded by a wreckage of branches and twisted metal sheets, Angelina Arroyo Rivera salvaged what remained of her belongings — some silverware and some plastic containers, a blue tarp, a red purse, a white blouse.

Unwanted House Guests: Squirrels Wreaking Havoc in Homes Across N.H.

October 3, 2018

It’s the year of the squirrel in New England. The animals have never had so much fame, never been the subject of so much attention.

Mainers Send Their Elver Catch To Asia To Reach Market Size. Why Not Grow Eels Here?

October 3, 2018

When the elver season opens each spring, Maine fisherman Justin Jordan likes to try one out.

Vermont May Have Paid Keurig Millions Of Dollars. Where Did That Money Go?

October 3, 2018

Over the last 20 years, the state of Vermont has authorized more than $10 million in payments to Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. The company, known for its K-Cup pods, is just one of many Vermont businesses that have used state incentive programs aimed at creating jobs. But exactly how much money Keurig received and what the company did with it is shrouded in secrecy.


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