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Rosenberg Fallout, Old Town Halls, N-Word Lessons, Khalif Neville

Khalif Neville on keyboard, with his father Charles Neville on saxophone.
Courtesy Khalif Neville
Khalif Neville on keyboard, with his father Charles Neville on saxophone.

We're still seeing the fallout of what could be the biggest political story in our region this year: the dramatic fall from power of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg. His resignation followed a critical ethics report. Many of Rosenberg's constituents told us they are sad and disappointed he's leaving, though not all think it's the wrong move.

Also in this episode: There are a lot of old buildings in New England that've been converted to new uses -- including out-of-use town halls. We visit two in Berkshire County.

Then, a Smith College historian who studies and teaches about the N-word has an interesting connection to it. Her father is comedian Richard Pryor, whose view on the N-word famously evolved. She's trying to teach a new generation how to talk about it -- without saying it.

Commentator Grace Lin talk wants authors to know that just because they can write about something, doesn't mean they should.

We conclude with a pair of stories about local musicians. First, we hear from singers hoping to land a big gig in Hartford, performing the national anthem before a Yard Goats baseball game. And then we spend some time with a Khalif Neville, son of the late great Charles Neville. 

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Sam Hudzik has overseen local news coverage on New England Public Media since 2013. He manages a team of about a dozen full- and part-time reporters and hosts.
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