PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - MA: Housing/Homelessness

Experts say that pre-COVID 19, housing assistance was available to just one out of four American families that need it. (Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON -- Housing advocates say the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be contained until everyone has the ability to isolate -- and that means everyone must have an affordable place to live. Experts on low-income housing are speaking out, emphasizing that housing is tied to health care. Dr. Megan Sandel,

Massachusetts is one of three New England states facing double-digit cuts in the federal dollars allocated for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. (bryanucla/Pixabay)

BOSTON – As the temperatures drop, so has the amount of funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program available to Massachusetts. This is the second year the Bay State gets less federal LIHEAP money, although the national total for the program increased. Massachusetts gets less t

The number of cost-burdened renter households jumped by nearly 300,000 between 2017 and 2018, according to a new report from Apartment List.

BOSTON – Nearly half of all renter households nationwide are now spending more than 30% of their income on rent, according to a new report by the online service Apartment List. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spending more than 30% of your income on housing

The Full Frame Initiative is part of a Massachusetts pilot project to pinpoint not only the needs, but also the strengths of domestic-violence survivors. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

GREENFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts is trying a new approach to help survivors of domestic violence at risk of homelessness. Five state agencies and the nonprofit Full Frame Initiative are developing a system to better assess survivors' needs when they seek emergency shelter. Founder and CEO o

The Boston Poor People's Campaign held a rally at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday, calling for a $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, and a

BOSTON – Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., held a hearing at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday afternoon that focused on issues raised by the Poor People's Campaign, including economic inequality, union rights and voter suppression. Massachusetts is one of 35 states where protesters have engaged for

As many as 1 in 10 current or recent college students face homelessness as they struggle to pay student debt and living expenses, research shows. (andrew_t8/Pixabay)

BOSTON – Studying while hungry – many college students struggle to get enough to eat because they lack money to buy food. At Worcester State University on Friday, educators and policymakers floated solutions at the Voices of Hunger conference. Research from Temple University found ab

Halifax Estates will be run by a nine-woman board of resident-owners. Residents formed a co-op to purchase the park this week in a landmark deal. (Deb Wyman)

HALIFAX, Mass. – In a deal that is the largest of its kind, this week a group of 700 Halifax residents bought the mobile-home park where they live for $27 million - and they'll turn it into a co-op run by a nine-person board. The deal at Halifax Estates was facilitated by specialists at the Co

The state's poverty rate is almost back to pre-Great Recession levels, thanks in part to the $2 increase in the state minimum wage. (Wonderlane/flckr)

BOSTON – It's a significant drop. The share of Massachusetts children living in poverty is down, and state job growth along with recent boosts in the minimum wage are cited as big factors pushing the positive trend. The data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey show the child p

1 of 3 pages   1 2 3 >  Last »