industry http://wamc.org en BIFF - "Blue Gold: American Jeans" http://wamc.org/post/biff-blue-gold-american-jeans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Blue Gold: American Jeans</em> is a feature-length documentary about how one unlikely garment ended up connecting us all. Following vintage jeans hunter Eric Schrader around the world, Blue Gold searches for the reason we all wear blue mining pants from the late 1800s.</p><p>An ambassador of Americana, Eric trades in the history, myth, and intrinsic values that have made blue jeans the most expensive and fetishized piece of vintage clothing on the planet. From fashion history and subculture aspiration to the lost tradition of American manufacturing, <em>Blue Gold</em> explores Americana in our globalized world, where cultural exchange and social responsibility demand greater transparency and inspire innovation.</p><p><em>Blue Gold: American Jeans</em> will have its festival premiere at <a href="http://www.biffma.org">The Berkshire International Film Festival</a> this weekend -- screening at 11:30am on Saturday at The Beacon in Pittsfield and again at 11:30am on Sunday at The Triplex in Great Barrington.</p><p>Filmmaker Christian Bruun joins us.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 91446 at http://wamc.org BIFF - "Blue Gold: American Jeans" "The American Way of Eating" by Tracie McMillan http://wamc.org/post/american-way-eating-tracie-mcmillan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When journalist Tracie McMillan saw </span>foodies<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each.</span></p><p>Her book is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439171963/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1439171963&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1439171963" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 56428 at http://wamc.org "The American Way of Eating" by Tracie McMillan Berkshire County Planning Efforts Focus On Transportation, Life Sciences http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-county-planning-efforts-focus-transportation-life-sciences <p></p><p>Planning efforts surrounding economic development through the life sciences and transportation in the Berkshires are about to head into their next stages.</p><p> The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is asking county residents to weigh in on planning efforts examining potential station locations for North-South passenger rail between Pittsfield and the state border with Connecticut, as part of a $240,000 federal grant.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:48:27 +0000 Lucas Willard 67243 at http://wamc.org Berkshire County Planning Efforts Focus On Transportation, Life Sciences Grants Will Help Mass. Vocational And Technical Schools Purchase New Equipment http://wamc.org/post/grants-will-help-mass-vocational-and-technical-schools-purchase-new-equipment <p></p><p>Several school districts in Massachusetts are receiving funding to improve vocational and technical training programs as part of a state sponsored grant program to prepare students for the modern workforce.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 20:39:44 +0000 Lucas Willard 65963 at http://wamc.org Grants Will Help Mass. Vocational And Technical Schools Purchase New Equipment "Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us" by Michael Moss http://wamc.org/post/salt-sugar-fat-how-food-giants-hooked-us-michael-moss <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter, Michael Moss, from <em>The New York Times</em> joins us to tell the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic.</p><p>Moss reveals how companies use Salt, Sugar, and Fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.</p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 60903 at http://wamc.org "Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us" by Michael Moss "Detroit: An American Autopsy" by Charlie LeDuff http://wamc.org/post/detroit-american-autopsy-charlie-leduff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family’s, and his own in his new book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594205345/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1594205345&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Detroit: An American Autopsy</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1594205345" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p>If Detroit is America’s vanguard in good times and bad, then here is the only place to turn for guid¬ance in our troubled era. While redemption is thin on the ground in this ghost of a city, Detroit: An American Autopsy is no hopeless parable. LeDuff shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer. Detroit is a dark comedy of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century, a deeply human drama of colossal greed and endurance, ignorance and courage.</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59042 at http://wamc.org "Detroit: An American Autopsy" by Charlie LeDuff