Urban Stories

Police Chief Asks Community To Help Pick Up Heroin Needles

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Patrick Pezzati searches yards in Turners Falls, Mass., for discarded heroin needles.

As the last of the snow melts in New England, an assortment of debris is emerging — including heroin syringes. It’s gotten so bad in one small town that the police chief asked civilians for help.

Aired on NPR’s All Things Considered, April 28, 2015. Listen here.

Lance and Nina: Recovery and Redemption Where You’d Least Expect It

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Lance Rice and Nina Rossi go through letters Lance sent from rehab. By Karen Brown.

 

Heroin abuse is on a steep rise throughout New England, including in small towns that haven’t seen serious drug use in decades. But what often gets lost in news about the epidemic is how hard some addicts are trying to get clean. Karen Brown of New England Public Radio has been following one young man as he seeks not only recovery — but redemption — with some unlikely help.

 

 

Listen here for (longer) version that aired on New England Public Radio, March 2014. 

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For the NPR version that ran on All Things Considered, April 19, 2014, visit the NPR site here

 

El Junque Tropical Forest – Bringing Puerto Rico (and Tranquility) to a Holyoke Middle School

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

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In Holyoke, Massachusetts, a middle school classroom doubles as a replica of a rainforest – the kind you’d find in Puerto Rico. Island expats have been coming to Holyoke for decades. And for the youngest newcomers, this classroom is the closest they can get their ancestral home. New England Public Radio’s Karen Brown reports.

 

 

[This story also aired on NPR's Latino USA, April 25, 2014. To listen, click  here]

Voices from the Tornado

Monday, June 4th, 2012

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A montage of voices and sounds from the June 1, 2011 tornados in Western Massachusetts. I produced this as part of WFCR’s coverage of the one-year anniversary. Thanks to interns Andy Locke and Josh Ernst for production assistance.

Bears Encroach Upon Urban Backyards

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

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The mild New England winter means that more bears are up and about…..looking for food….and not just inthe woods. They’re also exploring urban backyards and residential streets. Karen Brown of New England Public Radio lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, a small town with more than its share of furry visitors. (First aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, April 6, 2012.)

To hear on the NPR website:

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/06/150079405/bears-stuffing-themselves-near-massachusetts-homes

Holyoke Artists Celebrate “Paper City”

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

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Holyoke, Massachusetts is known as paper city….for its history as a paper manufacturing hub in the 19th and early 20th century. Two local artists wanted to honor that history…. through their own medium of choice….. which happens to be paper-making.  Karen Brown visited their art installations at a former paper factory. (Aired on WFCR, April 1, 2011.)