Albany, NY – Ted Shawn began one of the Berkshire's most enduring traditions when he founded the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. He was also a renowned choreographer, generating many works for the festival and other venues. In their debut at the festival, Coleman Lemieux & Company have decided to pay homage to that tradition, but also shake things up a bit by replacing the men in Shawn's piece with children. Joe speaks with Bill Coleman, Laurence Lemieux and one of those child dancers.
Albany, NY – Roy Blount Jr. lives in the Berkshires. But, he is a southerner. So, what is it like for a southerner to spend most of his life up north? Well, it took the humorist and member of the literary rock group the Rock Bottom Remainders an entire book to explain-- it is called Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South.
Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South, by Roy Blount Jr. Published by Random House.
Albany, NY – Our team of scientists join host Brian Shields for an hour long question and answer session with WAMC listeners. Our panel of experts had a surpisingly long discussion about sliced cheese, melted cheese, processed cheese, natural cheese. This turned out to be quite a cheesy show. Enjoy.
We open the show by discussing the many snapping turtle sightings in our region. We talk about a bird that is neat in the way it catches insects. However, it is not neat as in terms of being fastidious--Ward will tell all. Take a trip to a local lake and you will certainly see the problem with milfoil. We go over the causes and solutions to this problem. Plus, lots and lots of listener letters.
Pittsfield, MA – The multi-year proposed improvement and expansion of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport is essentially one step away from beginning construction. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the details;
Amherst, MA – The Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts met today on the Amherst Campus. It was the first meeting of the full board since news broke a month ago about possible management changes in the University system. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports....
Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield, Massachusetts is launching its "Third Thursday" series tonight. City officials are hopeful the monthly downtown celebration, similar to First Friday's held in other communities in our listening area, will draw thousands of people to partake in the music, food, free performances and more. Here's WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Albany, NY – Imagine if you were blind for a major part of your life and then all of a sudden there is a surgery that can allow you to see. That is just what happened to Mike May, who was blinded at the age of three. He led a very successful life as a blind man--but, he decided to have his sight restored when he learned of a revolutionary new surgery. Journalist Robert Kurson tells May's story in his new book Crashing Through.