Articles by Reena Karasin

Sophia Takes the Guesswork Out of Finding the Right Therapist

When Eva Breitenbach was in graduate school at MIT, a medical scare led her to seek a therapist’s help. She was vocal about the support she found in therapy, and before long people around campus started coming up to her and telling her about the trouble they’d had connecting with mental health therapists. “People were […]


The SheBoom Sisterhood

They have many names for themselves. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Drums.” “The Rolling Crones.” A “post-menopausal percussion and vocal ensemble.” They are many things—women, activists, mothers. One was a realtor, another’s a former professor, and a third has written five books about Halloween. They came together haphazardly. “It’s a small world in Somerville and […]



The Loop Lab to Open in Central Square This Fall

A music and podcast recording studio opening this fall will provide a space for underserved young people in the Port neighborhood to learn about sound engineering, music production, and workforce development. Christopher Hope started working with young people from the Port area while he was a student at Harvard’s divinity school, and soon discovered how […]


City Issues Cease and Desist to Bird Scooters

The City of Cambridge issued Bird a cease and desist order on Wednesday, demanding that the company take its scooters off city streets within 48 hours, according to a city spokesperson. The electric, dockless scooters showed up in Cambridge in mid-July with no warning to city officials. Bird scooters are designed to be used for […]



Sofar Sounds Brings Hyperlocal, Secret Shows

Sofar Sounds, a network of intimate concerts in more than 400 cities worldwide, is pushing a new type of music experience—one that is personal rather than distant, focused rather than chaotic. “Our founding principle [is] respecting music, listening to musicians, supporting them as much as we can, and giving them the focus and attention that […]


EHChocolatier To Open Cambridge Shop

Acclaimed chocolate maker EHChocolatier will move out of its Somerville home of eight years and into Observatory Hill this fall, according to its founders. The new location at 145 Huron Ave. will allow for a better customer shopping experience than the current spot which, co-founder Elaine Hsieh explains, is a bit hidden in an industrial […]


A Year of Racial Reckoning at CRLS

If history teacher Kevin Dua could go back to any point in time, he would go to the room where our country’s forefathers were finalizing the Declaration of Independence. “I would challenge everything. I would say, ‘Do not leave this room until you change it from “all men are created equal” to “all humans are […]


Bird Scooters Launch ‘Illegal,’ City Manager Says

A new transportation option arrived in the city on Friday: electric, dockless Bird scooters. But the city says the scooter company didn’t communicate with officials or obtain any permits before launching, and called Bird’s operation illegal. “Any operation by Bird of its electric scooter business on Cambridge streets and sidewalks without prior authorization from the […]


Are Microgrids the Key to Energy Democracy?

What if your individual neighborhood could choose how it gets its energy? Climable, a small, local nonprofit run by women, offers microgrids as the solution to two major issues surrounding energy use: energy democracy and environmental justice. Microgrids are small, neighborhood-sized grids that can be detached from the larger grid. Climable’s clean energy microgrid plan […]


City Councilors Bring Local Government to the Podcast World

City Councilors Sumbul Siddiqui and Alanna Mallon forged a friendship on the campaign trail last year, bonding over the challenges of being first-time female candidates. Their friendship has continued over their first six months in office, and they’ve channeled their easy banter into a weekly podcast called “Women Are Here.” The podcast touches on everything from […]