The ninth episode of Cambridge Uncovered celebrates Latino culture and heritage in the city of Cambridge. In the first segment, host and moderator Luis Vasquez talks with Vice Mayor Dennis Benzan and Rafael Ulloa, editor of El Planeta Media, about a new event coming to Cambridge during Hispanic Heritage Month: VivaLatino, which takes place Sept. 26 in Central Square.
“Read to the moon and back” is the slogan of this year’s Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) summer reading season. CPS has challenged students in grades kindergarten through eighth to read 20 minutes per day to help reach the goal of half a million minutes of reading per grade level.
“If minutes = miles, we’ll read to the moon and back this summer!” their website states.
A hundred years ago, there was a huge bustling railroad yard in the area of Somerville, East Cambridge and Charlestown covering hundred of acres. It was separate from the residential and industrial areas we know as East Cambridge and was the sole land use in the extreme northeast corner of Cambridge. Then, as now, it was seen as separate from East Cambridge.
My interviewee was late to the Winthrop Square Park in Harvard Square, so I took up conversation with a busking musician. The conversation turned to the omnipresent topic du jour: the over-development and massive landscape changes in Cambridge, and the loss of longstanding, beloved businesses.
Kemp Harris is a local musician who has lived in Cambridge since 1978. He has an extensive bio that includes: acting, composing, teaching, and writing. We had a long conversation, which included all the hot button issues locally and nationally: over-development, gentrification, and racism in America, but it is the music and artfulness of Harris that I chose to focus on.