Beginning in the early morning, before the day is light, the sweet and unmistakable call of the cardinal rings out across New England, a sure harbinger of Spring not likely to have been heard that far north decades ago.
With funding tight and a desire to innovate in digital, Public Radio International has agreed to be acquired by WGBH, in an effort to have greater scale and greater impact. PRI will remain operationally independent, but an affiliated company of WGBH.
U.S. deportations have reached record-breaking levels. Boston College Law Professor Daniel Kanstroom believes the deportations are ineffective and that America's immigration policy needs comprehensive reform to avoid hurting legal U.S. citizens and residents.
Some 1,000 U.S. dams have been dismantled in the past 100 years — but the pace has definitely been accelerating in recent years. Now, there's a major initiative underway to take apart old dams that serve little purpose as a way of restoring fish habitat and rebuilding aquatic ecosystems.
As veterans return from Iraq and try to remake their lives, there are Iraqis coming along as well. Many Iraqis who worked for the United States in Iraq are choosing to move to the U.S. to start new lives.
South Korea a few times a year will be wracked with terrible dust storms carried on the jet stream from Mongolia's Gobi Desert. The yellow, talc-like sand is born up by winds and then carried for miles until it causes asthma attacks in Seoul. But Koreans are hoping newly planted trees will help put an end to that.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for the killings at the crowded finish of the 2013 race. "Killing innocents," prosecutor Steven Mellin concluded, "was the whole point."
Many students from immigrant families go to diverse schools. But diversity itself doesn't guarantee understanding. Self-segregation and stereotypes persist, even in communities that pride themselves on their multiculturalism. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, middle-school teachers build empathy among classmates by teaching "the danger of a single story."
Imagine having the chair pulled out from under you the second you walk into a US classroom. Tanzid Sakib can laugh about it now. The teenager from Bangladesh recalls his first days of public school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
How running, meditation, a news blackout and a visit to Gallipoli helped a middle school social studies teacher recover after she was wounded by shrapnel in the Boston Marathon bombings. Oh, and a wicked sense of humor.