The Short List

Adam Frenier

From New England Public Media, a rotating panel of journalists from western New England discuss on Fridays the big stories of the week.

  • 7 minutes 50 seconds
    'Abysmal' Turnout In Holyoke, But 'Very Good Set Of Options' For Voters In November
    Tuesday was preliminary election day in a few western Massachusetts communities. In the race for Holyoke mayor, City Councilor Michael Sullivan and Joshua Garcia, who's the town administrator in Blandford, advanced to November's general election.
    24 September 2021, 9:12 pm
  • 8 minutes 9 seconds
    An 'Alarming And Scary' COVID Rise, And A Huge 'Gap' In Hospital Staffing
    Calling the spike "alarming and scary," Mayor Domenic Sarno said there were more then 250 new cases of COVID-19 in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Tuesday and Wednesday combined.
    17 September 2021, 11:38 pm
  • 8 minutes 3 seconds
    'Probably The Right Call' For Sheriff To Keep Incarcerated People From Troubled Courthouse
    Despite what officials have called extensive mold cleanup and environmental testing at the Roderick Ireland Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts, Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi this week said he believes the courthouse still isn't safe. He's refusing to send people in his department's custody there.
    10 September 2021, 7:29 pm
  • 7 minutes 56 seconds
    A Call For 'Clarity' On Mask Rules, And A Plea For The Unvaccinated To Get The Shots
    This week, some health officials in western Massachusetts issued mask mandates or advisories amid rising COVID-19 rates.
    13 August 2021, 4:59 pm
  • 7 minutes 42 seconds
    'The Governor Has To Be The One To Step Up' As Massachusetts Shifts Mask Guidelines
    This week, the Centers for Disease Control recommended people go back to wearing masks indoors in places where the delta variant of COVID-19 is surging — including those who have been vaccinated.
    30 July 2021, 7:17 pm
  • 8 minutes 4 seconds
    A 'Holding Pattern' For Many Amid Rising COVID-19 Case Rates
    COVID-19 case rates have been on the rise over the last few weeks in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
    23 July 2021, 7:30 pm
  • 8 minutes 7 seconds
    Western Mass. Mayoral Campaigns Raising Cash, But 'Too Early To Tell' Who Voters Favor
    You might be thinking about your vacation plans or backyard barbecues, but there are several mayoral races heating up across western Massachusetts.
    16 July 2021, 8:52 pm
  • 7 minutes 57 seconds
    The Short List Lights Up A Conversation About Cannabis — Now Legal In Connecticut
    On Thursday, possession of marijuana became legal for recreational use in Connecticut. That's after the General Assembly and Governor Ned Lamont signed off on the legislation last month.
    2 July 2021, 8:21 pm
  • 7 minutes 54 seconds
    Massachusetts Vaccine Lottery Might Nudge Some To Get A COVID-19 Shot
    This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a COVID-19 vaccine lottery, designed to encourage people to continue to get their shots.
    18 June 2021, 7:40 pm
  • 9 minutes 24 seconds
    In A 'No-Win Situation,' Springfield Police Commissioner Clapprood 'Has To Start Listening'
    This week, a group of seniors gathered in downtown Springfield t0 renew their call for Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood to be removed from her job.
    11 June 2021, 10:46 pm
  • 10 minutes 32 seconds
    2011 Tornado Ripped 'The Heart Out of Springfield,' But Also 'Transformed' It
    This week marks 10 years since a devastating tornado ripped through a swath of western Massachusetts. Three people were killed and 200 injured, and it caused more than $200 million in damages.
    4 June 2021, 9:16 pm
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