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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.)

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Wood Craftsmen Turn Storm Debris into Art

Monday, November 21st, 2011

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After a number of recent storms in the Northeast, thousands of trees have come down — and left a dramatic trail of fallen limbs and branches. Many people see that as a mass of natural debris. But one group of artisans sees  bowls, pepper mills, and vases. (Aired on WFCR 11-11-11)

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Herbal Medicine Goes CSA (Boston Globe)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

By Karen Brown

Goldthread Farm, by Matthew Cavanaugh

Goldthread Farm, by Matthew Cavanaugh

CONWAY – Almost everything Joanna Miles consumes comes from a local source. The 34-year-old stay-at-home mother gets her vegetables from one nearby farm, her meat and grains from another, her milk from a local dairy. And this summer, she learned that the locavore movement has come to medicinal herbs.

That’s how she ended up at Goldthread Herb Farm, a picturesque three acres in the foothills of the Berkshires, choosing from an assortment of herbal tea, hydrosols, oils, and tinctures that originated in its lush fields…

(from The Boston Globe, Sept. 5, 2011. To read entire story, click here)

The Science Behind “Sleeping On It”

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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We’ve all heard the advice — before an important decision — to “sleep on it.” A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst now believe they’ve got the scientific evidence to back that up. Karen Brown reports.

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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.)

Whither the Massachusetts Public Defense System?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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According to long-held constitutional precedent, criminal defendants are entitled to a lawyer — and if they can’t afford one, the state must pay. In Massachusetts, most of those court-appointed lawyers work in private practice, and bill the government for their time. Now, Governor Deval Patrick thinks it would cheaper to hire full-time public defenders instead.  (First aired on WFCR March 25, 2011.)

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