Katie Britton

Program and Outreach Director

Katie grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and is a graduate of the University at Albany.  Aside from overseeing the programming, she also is in charge of the WAMC Internship Program, and community outreach. Her voice can be heard on The Roundtable & National Productions. Katie is also the baker in residence and showers the newsroom with cakes & pies.

Ways to Connect

A celebration of Labor Day

I’m sad to say the summer has come to an end - the kids have tucked away their bikes and kick balls and gathered together their school supplies. Of course for us adults, it’s the same old routine. So, to break up the monotony and celebrate the people who have worked hard to make our world amazing, we have some great programming on Labor Day (September 7th, in case you were wondering.)

The past few weeks have been pretty hot – in the high 90’s, so imagine if that’s how it was all year round, and if the air was so bad, you had to wear a mask most of the time, and the government rationed the amount of water, clean air filtered into your home, and food you ate. In Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli, and Robert DeFranco’s  After the Red Rain it’s like that, and more.

What most people know about Emily Dickinson’s life is this: she was a poet, reclusive, wore white, and came from a well to do family. But, one fact that may surprise you is that she loved to bake. She would make cakes and have them delivered to people in town, and lower gingerbread in a basket to the waiting children below her window. It’s this premise that helped novelist Nuala O’Connor write Miss Emily.

O’Connor will be at Odyssey Bookstore in South Hadley MA next Wednesday at 7PM. 

If you have a hankering to bake for your friends, try Emily Dickinson's Gingerbread or Coconut Cake.

Music of the Berkshires

Well, WAMC’ers, even though the dog days of August are upon us, it doesn’t mean we can’t have some outdoor fun. We have nine more live Tanglewood broadcasts, and they are not to be missed.

51% Show #1357

Jul 24, 2015
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On this week’s 51%, a psychotherapist talks about healing and self-love, a Nobel laureate marks her birthday by opening a school for girls, and an essay on storytelling after the shooting at a Charleston church.

For the last decade John Green’s novels have engrossed readers as he explore the human condition, and wasn’t afraid to expose the raw feelings that make us who we are, and how we’re connected to those around us. His last novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was an instant success, and was subsequently made into a movie, that also tugged at the heart strings of everyone who read and watched it.

Ahoy WAMC-land!

We’re finally getting the hot summers we’re used to and we have some great programming coming up this month that you can listen to while you’re on the road, gardening or barbequing, or just puttering around the house.

  Sarah Dessen is the queen of YA lit. She’s the Elin Hilderbrand and Dorothea Benton Frank of summer reads for teens - and it’s for good reason. Every single novel brings you into a world you want to be a part of, to root for love and friendship, and cry over broken hearts and family hardships. Her newest novel, Saint Anything, does just that and so much more.

Summer is finally here! The sweet smell of lilacs is wafting through the neighborhoods, the cardinals and grackles are calling for their mates, and we are planning our vacations. Now, here’s the best part -- you can take us with you wherever you go! Technology is a grand thing… we’re no longer bound to having to lose our favorite station once we leave our homes. All you have to do is plug in your smart phones and bam! WAMC is right there with you.

Remembering Our Country’s Heroes

May is not only the month that leads us into summer, but a time to pay tribute to those who have fought valiantly for our country and freedom. Yes, we should remember these people every day, of course, but we make a special effort on Memorial Day. So on May 25th, Memorial Day, we’ll be bringing you stories of people who have served, and, in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice for us. I hope their stories will stay with you and that you will share them with others.

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