Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.

They’ll Drink To That: The Presidential Hopefuls Pull Out The Brewery Stops in New Hampshire

May 10, 2019

There’s an old cliché in politics – who’s the candidate voters would want to have a beer with? It’s a euphemism for likability. But this year, it’s also something New Hampshire voters might actually be able to answer.

“A Big Fugazi”: Why Fishermen Still Can’t Get Behind Offshore Wind

May 8, 2019

Women’s Work: From Farm – And Sea – To Table

May 8, 2019

Business in one historic town in eastern Connecticut has always revolved around the ocean. Now, a 250-year-old farm in the area wants to diversify the food economy in more ways than one. It’s become a hub to learn about what we eat and value: the men – and women – who produce our food.

Innovations In Fishing Gear Could Change The Lobster Industry To Help Endangered Right Whale

April 25, 2019

This week a high-stakes conference in Providence is considering new measures that could help endangered North Atlantic right whales avoid life-threatening entanglements in fishing gear. These measures could also challenge Maine’s lobster industry, though.

As Pilgrim Powers Down, Some Worry It Will Leave Behind Too Much Radiation

April 25, 2019

Like all nuclear power plants, Pilgrim releases small amounts of radioactive gases and liquids as part of its normal operations. These emissions are controlled by the plant, and monitored by federal and state regulators to protect public health.

Historic Plymouth Looks To A Future Without Pilgrim

April 24, 2019

Beneath a towering granite pavilion, in the smallest state park in Massachusetts, is an unassuming gray boulder with outsized historic and economic importance: Plymouth Rock. The Rock draws a million visitors a year. Tourism is a powerful economic engine for Plymouth, employing 4,000 workers and generating $30 million annually in local taxes.

This Vermont Town Took A Big Hit When Its Nuclear Plant Closed

April 24, 2019

At the end of May, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth will permanently shut down. Forty-six years ago it began generating electricity, high-paying jobs and intense controversy over safety and environmental impact. Pilgrim went into service just one day after its sister plant: Vermont Yankee. Both reactors were the same make and model: a GE Mark I reactor. And since 2002, they have been operated by the same company: Entergy.

Presidential Candidate Moulton Knows He’s Not Very Well-Known

April 24, 2019

Among the challenges facing Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, who announced this week he’s joining the crowded field of Democratic candidates for president, is the fact that he’s not well-known. It’s a fact the North Shore politician is well aware of.

For 46 Years, Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Has Used Water From Cape Cod Bay. How Has It Impacted The Ecosystem?

April 22, 2019

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth pumps about a half-billion gallons of water from Cape Cod Bay into the plant every day. The water cycles continuously, passing through the plant’s condenser, and returning to the bay about 10 minutes later — and 30 degrees warmer.

Private Philanthropy In Public Schools: Can Ray Dalio Make His Gift Work In Connecticut?

April 16, 2019

Now, hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio and his wife Barbara have announced their foundation will give $100 million to Connecticut schools, and the state has pledged to raise $200 million more over the next few years, specifically to help students at risk of dropping out of high school.


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