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The Top Left Corner, Episode 8 — “Let’s Talk about Sex,” the documentary

PLUS: Audio iBeat from iBerkshires.com, Weekend Lowdown with Berkshire Family Focus, and Music from the Winterpills and Wishbone Zoë!

The Documentary, "Let's Talk about Sex," receives a free screening Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Adams Movieplex 8
The Documentary, “Let’s Talk about Sex,” receives a free screening Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Adams Movieplex 8

A tremendous head and chest cold struck this week, so I offer my apologies for the obvious snuffliness. A very busy Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires took time out from coverage of the Clarksburg State Forest fire to co-host another segment of the audio “iBeat.” Kelly Bevan McIlquham of Berkshire Family Focus, is back from vacation, though she may have left some of her brain in Fla… We speak with Jonah Sykes of the Berkshire United Way about the free screening of “Let’s Talk about Sex” that helps focus attention on the issue of the pregnancy rates among teens in the Berkshires. And of course, there is music…

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Will Call #5 — Kickin’ Back with Some Common Folk

Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez
Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez

PLUS: Music from Winterpills, The Sun Parade, and Wishbone Zoe; the BCRC names Jennifer Crowell new director

Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez
Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez

This episode contains a double dose of interviews featuring a leader of an arts/culture organization with an ability to see the big picture of the future of the arts in northern Berkshire County. Both women, Jessica Sweeney of the Common Folk Artists Collective, and Jennifer Crowell, of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, can put their fingers on how the arts will fuel various types of regional growth for years to come. We are treated to top-shelf tunes this week, thanks to Winterpills, The Sun Parade, and Wishbone Zoë.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 7 — Letters from Ferguson

PLUS: Audio iBeat from iBerkshires.com, Music from The Sun Parade and Winterpills, Letters from Ferguson, and a Painful Centennial Observed

Armenian woman kneeling beside dead child in field, approx. 1917; photo Public Domain, Library of Congress
Armenian woman kneeling beside dead child in field, approx. 1917; photo Public Domain, Library of Congress

This show gets bigger and bigger, despite my best efforts to reign it in. Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires suggests “iBeat” as the title to our discussion of the latest headlines I add “audio” to the front of the name and we’re in business. Kelly Bevan McIlquham of Berkshire Family Focus, is still on vacation somewhere warm. She’ll be back next week unless she finds out that it’s been snowing today… A new feature, the “Berkshire Business Outlook” debuts this week, and we speak with a business owner in a unique position to gauge the economic health of the region. We end up in some heavy places this week, too. Not sure how that happened, but we delve into issues definitely worth turning over and taking long hard looks at. And of course, there is music…

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Will Call #4 — “Inkless” Live Storytelling

Wenzl McGowen, James Muschler and Mike Wilbur of Moon Hooch; photo by Shervin Laine
Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur, and James Muschler of Moon Hooch; photo by Shervin Laine

PLUS: Music from Moon Hooch, Munk Duane, and Wishbone Zoe; AND Tuesday Teas return to Williams College.

Wenzl McGowen, James Muschler and Mike Wilbur of Moon Hooch; photo by Shervin Laine
Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur, and James Muschler of Moon Hooch; photo by Shervin Laine

 

This was a tremendously fun show to put together. Great music from local and reasonably local artists, news of live storytelling later this spring, and a chance to hear Williams College faculty authors discuss their latest works all make this an hour you won’t want to miss. Did we mention zombies and calculus? Check it out and leave us a comment below.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 6 — Radio Free Greylock!

PLUS: iBerkshires News Headlines, Music from Munk Duane and Wishbone Zoe, and Jason doing a lousy job filling in for Kelly of Berkshire Family Focus.

Guglielmo Marconi in 1901; public domain photo part of the LIFE Photo Archive
Guglielmo Marconi in 1901; public domain photo, part of the LIFE Photo Archive

We have a great show for you today, despite the very noticeable absence of Kelly Bevan McIlquham of Berkshire Family Focus, who’s taking the week off from the show while she’s on vacation somewhere warm. Tammy D. is back with the headlines, as well as the backstory behind the headlines that help it all make more sense. Northern Berkshire County is getting wired for sound (actually, that’d be wireless) as we embrace some 20th Century audio tech. And we plug in to some arresting new music from both ends of the Commonwealth.

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Will Call #3 — “Fresh Takes” Series from WAM Theatre

2014 Fresh Takes staged reading at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge; photo by Enrico Spada
2014 Fresh Takes staged reading at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge; photo by Enrico Spada

PLUS: Book Talk with Tela Zasloff and Civil War Perspectives by Charles Dew, “Our Hearts Opening,” by Glenn Smith

2014 Fresh Takes staged reading at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge; photo by Enrico Spada
2014 Fresh Takes staged reading at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge; photo by Enrico Spada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Book Talk with Tela Zasloff”

A shorter show this week, but a great one. We speak first with Tela Zasloff, founder and editor of the Greylock Independent about her show, “Book Talk with Tela Zasloff” on “Willinet,” Community Television for Williamstown.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 5—Eating Spring

Plus: News Chat with iBerkshires, New Music, Weekend Lowdown with Berkshire Family Focus

Lakeview Orchards Asparagus with lardo and everything bagel crumbs, photo courtesy Mezze Bistro and Bar
Lakeview Orchards Asparagus with lardo and everything bagel crumbs, photo courtesy Mezze Bistro and Bar

The Greylock Glass Gets Some Perspective on the News with iBerkshires

This is a big show this week! The Top Left Corner welcomes Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com, to the show. She’s going to share some back story and analysis of some of the news stories that iBerkshires has been following. Some of the issues this time of year are far from light reading (think municipal budget friction), and we’re grateful that Tammy’s writers are keeping us up to date with both the big ideas and small details.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 4 — Family Events, New Music, North Adams Farmers Market

Fresh veggies offered through the CSA of Square Roots Farm; photo courtesy Square Roots Farm
Fresh veggies offered through the CSA of Square Roots Farm; photo courtesy Square Roots Farm

It’s been a super busy week here at the Greylock Glass. Most of what I’ve been doing has been preparing for some really amazing developments that are cooking. Between phone calls and interviews and tweaking the tech side of this circus, I haven’t had time to do much actual writing. Or even passing along all the great information that people have been sending my way.

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Will Call #2 — An Eclipse of Memory; It’s Just a Jump to the Left; Wildwood Bride

Ectopistes migratorius, watercolor by Louis Agassiz Fuertes
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Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius; watercolor by Louis Agassiz Fuertes; 1910–1914

 

 

For this, our second episode of “Will Call,” we were extremely fortunate to have two special guests, as well as a single from a brand new music CD release.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 3 — Sugaring, High School Musicals!

Tapping maple trees
Tapping maple trees the old-fashioned way; photo by Jason Velazquez

This season has been pretty rough on maple syrup producers in Western Massachusetts. Easily three weeks late, the sap flow that provides local sweetness to our pancakes may be plentiful or scarce—it’s all up to Mother Nature. Guest co-host Tela Zasloff of the Greylock Independent joins me interviewing Peter Phelps of Sweet Brook Farm in Williamstown, Mass. He and his wife Beth have been perfecting the art and science of sugaring on land that’s been in his family for generations.

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Will Call #1 — Jim Shaw at MASS MoCA

Wedding of the Ear
Jim Shaw, Wedding of the Ear, 2013; courtesy the artist and MASSMoCA
Wedding of the Ear
Jim Shaw, Wedding of the Ear, 2013; courtesy the artist and MASSMoCA

We are thrilled to be “Entertaining Doubts” here on this, the first episode of “Will Call.” This podcast is a production of the Greylock Glass, and is a media collaboration with the Greylock Independent.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 2, Farm CSAs, Environmental Justice

We talk with Berkshire Grown about CSAs
and The Berkshire Environmental Action Team about Environmental Justice.

6¢ City Park. Prevention of Pollution 1970
6¢ City Park. Prevention of Pollution 1970

Well, you might think, listening to this week’s episode, that something was way up with the audio on the Top Left Corner. You might think that I forgot to hook up the doll. That’s exactly what happened: I forgot to hook up the doll. Working on it. Working on it.

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