About a dozen miles off the coast of Cape Cod sits a rustic island named Penikese — part of the Elizabeth island chain. A hundred years ago, Penikese was home to a leper colony, then a school for troubled boys and a bird sanctuary. This past fall, Penikese opened to its newest incarnation — a treatment program for opioid addicts.Read More
Any day now, America’s first offshore wind farm, off Block Island, will begin commercial operation.Read More
Plastic today is everywhere: in our bottles and cell phones, our grocery bags, and our trash. Some plastic garbage is so small, it’s impossible to see with the naked eye: tiny microbeads, which have been banned from some products because of their environmental impact. WNPR went looking for them in the waters off Connecticut’s coast.Read More
With a weary look on her face and hoop earrings made of peace symbols dangling from her ears, Asima Silva lays out a few snacks for the youngest of her five children. There’s spinach and artichoke hummus with pita, and some cheesecake. Silva says the family’s dinner routine is a bit off this night, following what she said has been a confusing day — the day after America elected Donald Trump president.Read More
Over the last week or so, your inbox and mailbox has been filling with requests for donations from non-profit organizations. Oxfam International, Doctors Without Borders, your local food bank and homeless shelter all depend on year-end generosity to meet their budgets.
This is the Giving Season. We give the most this time of year in part because we’re coming up on the holidays, when many religious faiths encourage charity. – though for Muslims, the giving season centers around Ramadan, in the fall.Read More
For college students, the first semester of the academic year is well underway. Kids are busy making new friends and adjusting to classes and dorm life.
But unlike previous generations, these young adults are more likely to report anxiety and depression.Read More
Jesus Sanchez held his cell phone in one hand and a megaphone in the other. He was simultaneously streaming a protest at the New Haven Police Department on Facebook Live while leading the demonstrators in a chant.Read More
Natalie Babbitt, the 84-year-old author of Tuck Everlasting, died Monday at her home in Hamden, Connecticut.Read More