A traveling youth circus is performing at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds as the group makes its way throughout the Northeast. The fairground owners hope the event can boost redevelopment efforts to make the space a community hotspot once again.
Like so many other cities across the nation, Albany has had to deal with urban blight and aging infrastructure. When an old house along the city's storied Clinton Avenue crumbled, the mayor took immediate action.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders are betting voters don’t repeal the state’s casino law. Casino revenue was included in the 2015 state budget, but the impact of the decision appears to be more political than financial.
Gov. Patrick does not see it as much of a gamble to speculate on $73 million in projected casino revenue in a budget that totals $ 36.5 billion. The casino cash may never come if voters repeal the state’s casino law in November.
Since its formation in 1980 the Klezmer Conservatory Band has performed concerts from coast to coast. In April of 1990, it made its debut tour abroad, performing several concerts in Germany and giving a performance at the first-ever International Yiddish Festival in Krakow, Poland. The band has toured Europe regularly, and has also appeared at Australia's Adelaide Festival, New Zealand's International Festival of the Arts and Womad.
Over his extensive career, Tracy Kidder has written some enormously popular books including his Pulitzer Prize and National Book of the Year award winning The Soul of a New Machine. Other bestsellers include Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, and My Detachment. He has also written extensively about this region in his classic books: House and Home Town.
Chef Bruce Mattel of The Culinary Institute of America and Dennis Erlich of Pesca & Co. in Great Barrington join Ray in the studio for a discussion of seafood, and the role it plays in modern American cuisine.
As we have been hearing, The Yiddish Book Center has been working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.
Given that a main goal of the center is to translate Yiddish literature into English, we meet Sebastian Schulman - the Translation Projects Coordinator at the Yiddish Book Center. An alum of the Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, he began learning Yiddish in 2004 and is a published literary translator.
Sebastian is also a PhD Candidate in Jewish History at Indiana University and teaches courses at Hampshire and Smith Colleges.