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A student at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, reads the names of 17 victims in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. A chime was sounded after each name.
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Student Walkouts, Suspected Hate Crimes, An Island Lacking Power: The Short List

A big story this week was the student walkouts across the region and the country, on the one-month anniversary of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Immigration Advocates Warn ICE Is Retaliating For Activism

Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics. The Trump administration has warned that anyone in the country illegally could be arrested and deported under tough new enforcement rules. And federal officials deny allegations of retaliation. But the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups say they have documented two dozen cases of immigrant activists and...

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New Hampshire

In Manchester, Flake Says Trump is Waging a ‘War on Objective Reality’

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake paid a visit to the state today to speak at Saint Anselm College’s “Politics and Eggs” series, which has long been a stop for presidential hopefuls. At the event Flake said he hasn’t ruled out a 2020 campaign but that the odds were long. He’s been vocal about wanting someone to run against President Trump in the Republican primary though. Flake had no shortage of barbs for Trump, calling out what he sees as chaos in the White House and attacks on the...

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Town Hall in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Residents of Amherst, Massachusetts, will soon vote on whether to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government.

The debate hasn’t always been friendly in this most liberal of New England towns.

The legal retail of marijuana in Massachusetts begins July 1. That’s prompted Connecticut lawmakers to once again consider legislation to allow the sale of marijuana in the state. Similar legislation failed last year.

Right now, every student at a public college in Connecticut, including those who are undocumented must pay a portion of their tuition towards a financial aid fund. But undocumented students are not allowed to apply for the aid they help to fund.

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Kiam Rennix.
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Teen Guitarist From Western Mass. Emulates Blues Heroes, Wins Contests

This is how a guitar prodigy starts out: Kiam Rennix of Springfield, Massachusetts, was seven years old, watching a Saturday children's show on public TV in his grandmother's house. A segment came on showing how to make your own string instrument.

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Jazz Beat

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Jazz Beat 41 - Anat Cohen

This edition of Jazz Beat features an interview that Tom Reney conducted with Anat Cohen in 2008 when she was the Billy Taylor Artist in Residence at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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Classical Music

Metropolitan Opera Fires James Levine For Sexual Misconduct

Late Monday afternoon, New York's hallowed Metropolitan Opera announced that it had fired conductor James Levine — an artist who had a close affiliation with the opera house for more than four decades — after a months-long investigation into claims of "sexually abusive and harassing conduct." The statement from the opera noted that the investigation, which was conducted by an outside counsel, uncovered conduct both before and during his tenure as the artistic director of the Met. Up until now...

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How U.S. Customs Officers Are Trained

It looks just like an airport customscheckpoint. Role players wait in lines, eachplaying different travelers that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer is likely to encounter.Some may be playing the role of refugee, others are told to act as though they'rehiding something sinister.

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Facial Scanning Now Arriving At U.S. Airports

The use of facial scanning is becoming commonplace — maybe you've heard of the new iPhone? It's also coming to an airport near you. At Orlando International Airport, Britain-bound passengers — some wearing Mickey Mouse T-shirts and other Disney paraphernalia — lined up at Gate 80 recently for the evening British Airways flight to London's Gatwick Airport. It looks like any other airport departure area, except for the two small gates with what look like small boxes on posts next to them. Those...

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Paul Mealor on Presto!

Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with the Welsh composer Paul Mealor.

In Contrast

Ilan Stavans in conversation with William Taubman

On Taubman's latest biography, Gorbachev: His Life and Times.

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Students at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, take place in a national walkout on March 14, 2018.
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Rural Mass. School Walkout Treads Fine Line On Gun Control Advocacy

On the dot of 10 a.m., even as walkways were still being treated for ice the morning after a nor'easter, students from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, and many teachers, took part in Wednesday's national school walkout.

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When Certain Writers Ought To Put Down Their Pens