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Democrats are looking forward to the next election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Charlemont Forum in Charlemont Massachusetts is an ongoing lecture series that explores the causes of and possible solutions for one aspect of the current divisions in American political culture. 

On Wednesday, July 5th at 7 p.m., The Charlemont Forum is hosting a community reading of Frederick Douglass' famous speech, "What to the Slave is the 4th of July."

The co-artistic directors of the Double Edge Theater of Ashfield, are partnering with the Charlemont Forum to choreograph an engaging event. Actors from the Double Edge Theater together with approximately nine other readers who have volunteered from the hill towns, will give a dramatic reading of this stirring speech, which dates back to 5 July, 1852. 

We are joined now by Bruce Lessels - a Charlemont Forum Board member and a Board member for the Double Edge Theater Company in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

Constituents like to see their representatives in the flesh.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

Berkshire County has lost a political leader.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

North Korea continues to inspire international consternation.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The American Health Care Act would cost millions of Americans health insurance.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The investigation into the White House’s ties to Russia continues.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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The Trustees of Reservations enjoy and care for more than 100 special places – nearly 25,000 acres – all around Massachusetts.

As everything starts blooming, we’re going to learn what’s happening at Trustees sites this spring. 

We are joined by Trustees General Manager for the Southern Berkshires, Brian Cruey and Engagement Site Managers Carrieanne Petrik-Huff and Andrea Caluori.

Ben Downing: We're Number One, Now What?

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According to US News & World Report, Massachusetts is number one. That is a good thing. Having looked a variety of metrics, McKinsey & US News said, among the 50 states, that our “vibrant academic environment, innovative and supportive health care policies and modernizing economy, measure for measure, make this the strongest state of all.” We should reflect on that and be proud.

Taxes have been one of the campaign’s biggest issues.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Election Day is all about turnout.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The election is less than a month away.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he’s watching for.

If you’re a Massachusetts voter, you have more to decide on than just the presidential race.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about four ballot questions.

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  Gregory Crewdson will discuss the making of his most recent body of work in a conversation with acclaimed author Rick Moody at The Mahaiwe on Monday, August 15th at 7pm.

The evening will include the first ever projected slideshow presentation of Cathedral of the Pines in its entirety, set to Yo La Tengo's "Night Falls on Hoboken," remixed specially for this event by Grammy-winning producer/engineer Drew Brown.

Cathedral of the Pines (2013–14) was made during three productions in and around the rural town of Becket, Massachusetts. The work premiered at Gagosian Gallery in New York earlier this year, and will be seen for the first time in Europe, concurrently in Brussels and Paris in September.

Rick Moody is the author of six novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and a collection of essays on music. His most recent publication is Hotels of North America, a novel. He writes regularly about music at The Rumpus, and writes the column "Rick Moody, Life Coach," for LitHub.

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  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today, we will learn about the uncertainties facing Cuba’s young people in 2016, and about a public lecture happening next week in Charlemont, Massachusetts on Cuban immigration and on the recent rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.

Peter Purdy of the Charlemont Forum joins us this morning. Also here is Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of Religion and History at Yale University and the author of Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy. Carlos will be speaking at The Charlemont Forum in Charlemont, MA, on Wednesday, June 22nd. The speech is entitled: “Migration, Resistance or Reform: Cuba’s Uncertain Future." 

  It’s an important anniversary in Irish history.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the Easter Rising. 

  The primary season means hurt feelings for many voters.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the superdelegates are in place for a reason. 

  The Democratic presidential primary seems to be decided, but Bernie Sanders is pressing on.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal talks politics with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

  The governor of Massachusetts is no fan of Donald Trump.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

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Republicans are planning to pack nine caucus sites across Massachusetts to select delegates to the Republican National Convention.

  Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, Mitt Romney -- could Massachusetts get another Bay Stater on a presidential ticket?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

  Founded in 1954, Berkshire County Arc provides a broad range of community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and autism throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties in Massachusetts.

On Sunday, April 3, the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group will host the 2016 Berkshire County Sprout Film Festival at Crosby Elementary School in Pittsfield, Mass. The Festival begins at noon and will feature short films about individuals with various disabilities, their lives and personal achievements.

Jessica McNair, Family Advocate & Adult Family Care Case Manager for Berkshire County Arc is here to tell us more.

  It’s Super Tuesday.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his expectations for today’s races, including in Vermont and the Bay State. 

  Massachusetts’ Congressional delegation is stocked with Democrats. So why is the governor a Republican?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, and WAMC’s Alan Chartock try to figure it out. 

Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts workers are expected to see a boost in pay on Jan. 1 when the state's hourly minimum wage increases from $9 to $10 per hour.

  The opioid crisis cuts across state lines.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he’s working on legislative fixes to try to combat heroin. 

 Our Ideas Matter series allows us to check in with state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we’ll learn about Herencia Latina 2015-16, an nine month program featuring a multitude of films, exhibits, discussions, and festivals examining and celebrating Latino heritage in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. The program is funded by Mass Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Library Association.

Our guests are Raul Gutierrez, Professor of Spanish at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Cliff McCarthy, President of the Pioneer Valley History Network.

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Massachusetts shoppers looking for summer dog day deals are expected to crowd local stores for another sales tax holiday this weekend.

  Massachusetts has been under new leadership for more than half a year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, discusses the Baker administration with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Members of Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation are lining up behind an effort to hike the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020.

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