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Rupa Shenoy


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Past articles by Rupa:

The group behind the 2023 return of Boston's Pride parade

The group that used to plan Boston’s Pride month dissolved in 2021 amid boycotts and accusations of racism and transphobia. A different organization, called Boston Pride For The People, is promising more inclusion in its celebrations in June. → Read More

Boston's outgoing public safety adviser reflects on how violence in the city has changed in 5 years

Rufus Faulk, who was appointed by former Mayor Marty Walsh, will be replaced by his friend and mentee Isaac Yablo. → Read More

Special commission votes to create a new Massachusetts state seal and motto

The special commission charged with reviewing and possibly revamping Massachusetts's official state seal and motto officially voted unanimously this week to recommend that both be replaced. Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy speaks to Brian Weeden, co-chairman of the commission and chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, about the decision. → Read More

Checking in on the state of the pandemic, 2 years after Mass. emergency declaration

It's been two years since Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. WBUR's Morning Edition host Rupa Shenoy and infectious disease specialist Dr. David Hamer reflect on all that has happened since and check in on the state of the pandemic. → Read More

Meet the USS Constitution's first woman commander

Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell takes command of Old Ironsides and its 80 crew members on Friday. Throughout its 224-year history, the ship has been run by men. → Read More

Mass. doctors switch COVID-19 treatment amid omicron surge, with new drugs available in limited supply

Dr. Sandeep Jubbal of UMass Memorial says on Friday doctors are switching to a new monoclonal antibody treatment shown to be effective against omicron for patients at high risk of severe COVID-19. → Read More

In win for residents with disabilities, Boston must upgrade curb ramps across the city

A long-running civil rights movement has won a huge but quiet victory in Boston. It’ll mean millions of dollars in spending, and construction projects across the city. → Read More

Kim Janey reflects on short, but historic time as Boston’s mayor

The acting mayor will hand over the reins on Nov. 16 to Michelle Wu, who will make history herself as Boston's first elected female mayor, and mayor of color. → Read More


'Willful amnesia': How Africans forgot — and remembered — their role in the slave trade

Ghana’s “Year of Return” is changing how the history of the slave trade is remembered in Africa. → Read More


A professor with Ghanaian roots unearths a slave castle’s history — and her own

Rachel Engmann, a professor at Hampshire College, found her surname in a slave castle in Accra, Ghana, and decided to do some digging. → Read More


The death of a black man in Brazil parallels Eric Garner, sparking BLM protests

Vidas Negras Importam echoes America’s “Black Lives Matter” movement in Brazil as protests mount over a recent death and ongoing police brutality. → Read More


Readers mourn author Andrea Levy who pushed for a more ‘inclusive’ version of Britain’s history

Andrea Levy’s books explored the lives of the Windrush generation — nearly half million people who moved from the Caribbean to Britain to fill labor shortages after WWII. → Read More


How blackface — ‘America’s first cultural export’ — reinforces oppression across the world

Blackface traditions across the world date back centuries, but America began to influence the international view of blackface in the 1800s. Nearly 200 years later, the racist practice is still being used around the globe. → Read More


Ontario debates what kids should learn about sex in school

In 2015 the government of Ontario, Canada, introduced a landmark new sex ed curriculum, designed to be more inclusive of transgender and gay people. But the program became deeply entangled with politics, and was pulled back by conservatives this summer. As kids head back to school this week, teachers remain at odds with the government over what students will learn. → Read More


More people are dying from gun violence in Canada. Is America to blame?

A string of shooting deaths have sparked a passionate debate about gun control across Canada. People are worried the country’s changing into one more like the US. → Read More


As Muslim students fight for protection, some parents battle to keep Islam out of schools

The San Diego school district worked with a Muslim organization after Muslim students said they were bullied. A group of parents sued, saying the school district singled out Muslim students as a special religious group. → Read More


There’s a fight going on in schools over when history begins

Across America, millions of high school kids take Advanced Placement classes every year to prep for an exam that could get them college credit. In May, the nonprofit company that runs AP decided to change its world history class, to skip pre-colonial history. In this political climate, that was especially controversial. → Read More


Here's an album for 'third culture kids'

A singer raised in Thailand and Sweden is trying to create a virtual space in music for kids raised in multiple cultures who often feel like they don't belong anywhere. → Read More


What it's like to be an undocumented Hollywood star

Bambadjan Bamba worked hard for years to become a star in Hollywood. Now he's putting it all at risk, because he says he can no longer afford to be silent. → Read More


The fight to belong in Hollywood

Hollywood’s gotten a lot of flack for its practice of white-washing. Now, the voice acting world, is also facing questions. → Read More