Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.



Remembering The Great Boston Molasses Flood, 100 Years Later

Firemen standing in thick molasses after the disaster. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

On January 15, 1919, a tank on Boston’s North End burst, releasing a tsunami of hot molasses into the streets. This “Great Molasses Flood” is far more than the Willy Wonka-style accident it appears to be, and its aftermath shaped the relationship between business and government as we know it.

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At Library Art Contest, An Exceptionally Low Bar

Tenth-grader Sarah Fisher's take on Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night," at a recent night of "bad art" in Belchertown, Massachusetts. Photo by Jill Kaufman for NEPR

For many middle and high school students, the bar is set high for getting good grades, making the team, and landing the lead role in a play. Recognizing that, a library in western Massachusetts recently set the bar really low, offering a carefree event of making bad art.

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