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June 2016

Problem Solvers…ish #9 — Allusions down on the Animal Farm (problem-solvers-ish): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSCAN our heroes rescue a poor, lost student from the complex pitfalls (and pratfalls) of and American literature classic like George Orwell’s Animal Farm? Can Lex and Seth illuminate the obscurities of illusion (Or was it allusion? Or maybe e-lusion?) constructed to make life murder for a hapless adolescent? In a pig’s eye, I say, but you can dream if you want!

NSFW: Seth & Lex plumb the literary depths of a AmLit classic…
Today’s problem came in via e-mail from a completely unknown source!…

Will Call #44 — First-Ever Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival (will-call): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA Whimsical Fantasy Celebrating the Arts
The Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival makes its debut in Adams, June 25, with activities, music, arts, and magic for believers of all ages.
When: June 25th, 2016
10:00am to 10:00pm
Where:Bowe Field, Adams, Mass. (Adams Aggie Fair Grounds)
Cost: $5 admission, children under 12 FREE

The Top Left Corner #29: The Unintentionally Property-Themed Episode (top-left-corner): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe plight of abandoned, dilapidated, and sometimes contaminated properties is up for discussion today as we present to you the podcast version of our live Top Left Corner show that aired Tuesday, June 21.
Tammy Daniels, managing editor of joins us for a surprisingly focused conversation about land re-purposing. We also talk about the plight of perfectly usable, attractive property (like Williamstown golf courses and surrounded addresses) that awaits the outcome of ongoing zoning discussions.…

Problem Solvers…ish #8 — The Time/Money, Work/Life (im-)balance (problem-solvers-ish): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS
NSFW: Seth and Lex waste the time of a listener who contacted us to ask how to more time to make valuable use of his life…
Today’s problem came in via e-mail from a completely unknown source! What a shame that he knows how to get a hole of us—he may want his money back. Oh, wait! We don’t charge for our ishy advice!
Do you remember those halcyon days when you had lots of time to just fritter away?…

Will Call #43 — Special Summer Solstice Episode: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Cover illustration for "The Wind in the Willows," by E. H. Shepard; Novel by Kenneth Grahame, 1908 (will-call): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe celebrate the Summer Solstice with one of the Summery-est
passages we know. Enjoy!
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
(Full text available at Project Gutenberg)
The Willow-Wren was twittering his thin little song, hidden himself in the dark selvedge of the river bank. Though it was past ten o’clock at night, the sky still clung to and retained some lingering skirts of light from the departed day; and the sullen heats of the torrid afternoon broke up and rolled away at the dispersing touch of the cool fingers of the short midsummer night.…

Opinion: How Did Opioid Abuse Overtake The Berkshires? And What Is Next?


Impact of Opioid abuse went unnoticed for years in the Berkshires
by Ralph Brill Associates
I am not a Doctor, Medical Scientist or Medical Reporter.
However, it should be very clear to all by now, that The Berkshires is a hot bed of Drug Abuse. It not only has the Highest Elevation in the State (Mt. Greylock at 3,492 Feet) but, it has More People High. How did this Mecca of Museums and Culture, Safe New England American Images and Safe Music become a 21st Century Drug Den?…

TLC #28: SPECIAL — Vigil for Orlando in Park Square

Local residents Ed Bailey (left) and Tony Barini speak about a friend, KJ "Kim" Morris, who was murdered in the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 (photo by Jason Velázquez) (top-left-corner): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPITTSFIELD, Mass.—Hundreds of people converged on Park Square in Pittsfield Tuesday to show support for the survivors and families of victims of the massacre at an Orlando, Fla. nightclub two days earlier. The event, the Vigil for Orlando & Against Violence and Hate, included song, prayer, oratory, and calls for action to end such gun violence.
In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, 29 year old Omar Mateen walked into Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.…

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