Top Left Corner

News and View of the North County

TLC #58: MCLA creates Chief Diversity Officer position; PROFILE—Print Shop Williamstown

Recent friction between students of color and MCLA administration not the main reason for creation of execution position of Chief Diversity Officer says college president Hey Greylock Nation— Today is Sunday, October 15, 2017, and you’re listening to episode 58 of the Top Left Corner. I’m your host, Jay Velazquez, ...
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TLC #54: 10/10 Democratic Primary, 1st Berkshire District candidate John Barrett

Election 2017: A conversation with John Barrett, III. Find him online here. Hello, Greylock Nation— Today is Saturday, October 07, 2017, and this is a special election series episode of the Top Left Corner, presented by the Greylock Glass. We don’t have the resources yet to cover all races, but ...
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TLC #55: 10/10 Democratic Primary, 1st Berkshire District candidate Lisa Blackmer

Election 2017: A conversation with Lisa Blackmer. Find him online here. Hello, Greylock Nation— Today is Saturday, October 07, 2017, and this is a special election series episode of the Top Left Corner, presented by the Greylock Glass. We don’t have the resources yet to cover all races, but due ...
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TLC #56: 10/10 Democratic Primary, 1st Berkshire District candidate Stephanie Bosley

Election 2017: A conversation with Stephanie Bosley. Find her online here. Hello, Greylock Nation— Today is Saturday, October 07, 2017, and this is a special election series episode of the Top Left Corner, presented by the Greylock Glass. We don’t have the resources yet to cover all races, but due ...
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TLC #57: 10/10 Democratic Primary, 1st Berkshire District candidate Kevin Towle

Election 2017: A conversation with Kevin Towle. Find him online here. Hello, Greylock Nation— Today is Saturday, October 07, 2017, and this is a special election series episode of the Top Left Corner, presented by the Greylock Glass. We don’t have the resources yet to cover all races, but due ...
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TLC #53: Word × Word and Fiction Of Now

Fiction Of Now Poetry in the age of post-truth Pittsfield, Mass.—WordXWord presents Fiction of Now, a program of work by poets spanning a wide range of ages and styles, October 6, 8P at the Berkshire Museum 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. The performance will take place in the physical context ...
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TLC #52: Author Jana Laiz discusses “Weeping under This Same Moon”

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome award-winning author Jana Laiz, who will discuss her book, “Weeping under This Same Moon,” at the College’s First Year Experience (FYE) Community Reading event, to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, in the MCLA Church ...
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TLC #51: The Undead StandOut to Protect Obamacare, New Life at Louison House

We speak today with Sherwood Guernsey about the standout planned for 5:00 p.m. in Park Square in Pittsfield to protest the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And we hear from Kathy Keeser, who explained how recent funding news means improvements and repairs that directly impact Louison House's ...
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TLC #50: Voices for Recovery with NBCC, but first, the news…

Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities Rally, walk and vigil to raise awareness of opioid addiction and recovery NORTH ADAMS, MA - On Saturday, September 23, the North Berkshire Community will gather to remember those lost, learn about resources, and celebrate recovery from addiction. The Rx Heroin Work group ...
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TLC #49: The fight for $15 minimum wage and paid family leave, plus the risks of making art

Hey Greylock Nation! Today is Wednesday, September 20th 2017, and you’re listening to episode number 48 of the Top Left Corner. I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I thank you for tuning in. Today, we speak with Eric Bauer of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice about the push to place two ...
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TLC #48: BMC Nurses host safe patient care town hall to answer questions

Management at Berkshire Health Systems says the latest offer represents their "best and final," but BMC Nurses are standing their ground over issues of staffing levels, wages, and benefits/ The following information is from a release by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Berkshire Health Systems declined to be interviewed for this ...
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TLC #47: 1st Berkshire Primary Forum, Perpetual Foreigners, a Creative Consultation

We begin our show with Alexander Davis, who talks about the meetup with candidates for 1st Berkshires district state representative organized by Greylock Together. Julia Dixon discusses the state of the area's creative economy and her new endeavor as a consultant who can help both artists and organizations with her ...
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TLC #46: Greylock Together Against Hate; Purple Dragon, Farm to Fork Fondo

Greylock Together "Stand Against Hate" brings hundreds to Field Park In this episode, we heard from some of the hundreds of people who took part in the Stand Against Hate organized by Greylock Together after the Charlottesville, VA tragedy. We toured the new Spring Street, Williamstown shop, Purple Dragon Games., ...
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TLC #45: Baker wants to “empower” the heat to play nice with ICE

Immigration Detainers The bland phrase conjures up little emotion for people with no reason to believe that they, or loved ones, risk deportation due to immigration status. To countless families in the United States, however, the two words, "immigration detainers," (also known as "ICE Holds"), plug in to a nightmare ...
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TLC #44: Summer Delights at The Clark—Picasso: Encounters, Orchestrating Elegance & More

Picasso: Encounters looks at artist’s experimentation and collaboration in printmaking Picasso’s prints and paintings on view at the Clark Art Institute Until August 27 WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Picasso: Encounters, on view at the Clark Art Institute June 4–August 27, investigates how Pablo Picasso’s (1881–1973) creative collaborations fueled and strengthened his art, challenging ...
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TLC #43: Berkshires Celebrates Pride with first major Event

Today is Thursday June 22, 2017—I’m your host, Jason Velázquez, and I thank you for tuning in to this episode, Number 43, of the Top Left Corner! On our show today, we welcome Kenneth Mercure, who is one of the principal organizers of the Pride event going on in Pittsfield ...
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TLC #42: Dom Flemons kicks off Barn Music Series at Hancock Shaker Village

Concert with Dom Flemons in the 1910 Barn kicks off Berkshire season of American roots music at Hancock Shaker Village (Hancock Shaker Village, official release) HANCOCK, Mass.—When Grammy-award winning Dom Flemons kicks off Hancock Shaker Village’s new Shaker Barn Music series on June 16, he’s continuing a long tradition of ...
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TLC #41: The Hoping Machine, A very NAMA Memorial Day, Saving Olsen Farm

The Hoping Machine We spoke first with Antonia Buckley, one of the creative minds behind the Hoping Machine, a new project of the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Mass. The effort is a collaboration among "a group of activists and songwriters coming together to generate hope, identify challenges, and collect ...
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TLC #40: PopCares, 350Mass, Zoning for Ganj, Top Left Connections, Weege!

Today is Friday, May 12, 2017, I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I thank you for tuning in to Episode #40 of TLC here at the Greylock Glass. On today’s show, we’ll be finding out about a new community event to support PopCares, explore what’s new with 350Mass—Berkshire node, and ...
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TLC #39: Berkshire Four Freedoms Rally—Full Audio

Estimates by the Berkshires Four Freedoms Coalition, and reported by the Greylock Independent reveal that nearly 2,000 Berkshire residents assembled in downtown Pittsfield, Mass., to demonstrate community strength and spirit and commitment to the ideals encapsulated in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech delivered January 6, 1941. This episode ...
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TLC #38: The Four Freedoms March

The Four Freedoms march and rally in Pittsfield, Mass. on Saturday, January 7, celebrates the highest aspirations for democracy in modern times, as elucidated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941. Today is Friday, January 6th, 2017—Happy New Year to all of you out there in Greylock Nation This is ...
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Top Left Corner #37: The BSRW “Tinseliner”—Holiday Magic on Rails

The Hoosac Valley Train Ride, the "Tinseliner," provides a dose of holiday nostalgia in a form of moving history that enchants all the senses. To help round out the experience, the North County organization, PopCares has set up an old-time Christmas Tree stand complete with a free marshmallow roasting fire ...
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Top Left Corner: Tree Logic at MASS MoCA Site of Tree-mancipation

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—For six Flame Maples, prisoners of "Tree Logic," the fight for liberty has finally shattered the shackles that have root-bound them for years. Sort of. In an apparent victory for activist organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Trees (PETT), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) ...
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Top Left Corner #36: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Christine M. Canning

About Christine Canning (excerpted from submitted materials) Christine Canning was born and raised in Berkshire County. Her mother, Kathy, was a Latin teacher for over 30 years at Saint Joseph's. Her father, John "JAY", was the award winning principal of Monument Mountain in Great Barrington. Currently, Chris resides in Lanesborough, ...
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Jess Sweeney, executive directory of the ROOTS Teen Center, with members of the MCLA LEAD Academy, who helped get the center ready for operations.

Top Left Corner #35: Jessica Sweeney Discusses New ROOTS Teen Center

I'd been looking forward to having Jess Sweeney on the show again, and with the upcoming grand opening of the new ROOTS Teen Center, the reason couldn't be better! The center will be a safe, welcoming place where youth can explore their creativity and build strong, positive connections to their ...
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Top Left Corner #34: The Prejudice We Deny, the Racism that Kills

Part 2 of our series, "The Shattered Shield" examines the way institutionalized racism subtly, sometimes subconsciously, guides official action leading to dire consequences. Today is Sunday, September 11, 2016. I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I do thank you for tuning in to Episode 35 of the Top Left Corner ...
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Andrea Harrington, a native of XYZ, will be on the Democratic primary ballot on September 8 (campaign photo).

Top Left Corner #33: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Andrea Harrington

About Andrea Harrington (excerpted from submitted materials) For Andrea Harrington, this district is home. She grew up here, she attended Taconic High School in Pittsfield, and now with her husband Tim, she's raising two young sons as a mom herself. Having spent the past decade of her life in the ...
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Rinaldo Del Gallo, III is a Pittsfield native who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot September 8 (campaign photo).

Top Left Corner #32: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Rinaldo Del Gallo

About Rinaldo Del Gallo (excerpted from submitted materials) Rinaldo Del Gallo III has not only been in the Berkshires for the last 16 years, he was raised in Pittsfield. He is one of us and has not been living elsewhere. He has also been a highly visible member of the ...
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Top Left Corner #31: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Adam Hinds

About Adam Hinds (excerpted from submitted materials) A native of the district, Adam was raised in Buckland and attended Mohawk Trail Regional High School, where his mother was a librarian and his Vietnam Veteran father was a school teacher.  He studied at Wesleyan University before studying international law and negotiation ...
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The Top Left Corner #30 — Special Report: Shattered Shield, Part 1

This episode, as you may have guessed already, is a little out of the ordinary. It is the first installment of a series on the escalating violence between police and minority communities, particularly African Americans in recent days. Our guest is Dennis Powell, president of the Berkshire County Unit of ...
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The Top Left Corner #29: The Unintentionally Property-Themed Episode

The 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 iBerkshires.com joins us for a surprisingly focused conversation about land re-purposing ...
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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)

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

PITTSFIELD, 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 ...
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The Top Left Corner #27: iBerkshires Featured on WGBY’s “Connecting Point”

PLUS Pittsfield Skate Park Sessions While School Is in Session? Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com joins TLC to talk about the some exciting news concerning Massachusetts' (probable) oldest online-only newspaper. WGBY will feature the Berkshires' extremely popular source for information on "Connecting Point" in the near future ...
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Artists Aerial Rendering of the proposed museum of Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture; submitted photo.

The Top Left Corner #26: Greylock Cultural Corridor, Pine Cobble Craft Fair

Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com joins TLC to talk about the proposed developments to the Greylock Cultural Corridor. First though, we hear from Katherine Cortes, who describes the first ever "Craft Fair on the Hill" taking place at Pine Cobble School December 12 ...
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By Austin McGee [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Top Left Corner #25: Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County

Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com, helps us digest and debrief after the long Thanksgiving Day weekend. We regale you with our usual banter and talk about just a few of the stories worth following that she and her team have been working on. Also on the this episode, Ed ...
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"Santa's Workshop & Winter Wonderland," used in this mashup, by Daniel Voyager, (CC BY 2.0)

The Top Left Corner #24: Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Going Strong

Toy donations from the community to the Northern Berkshire Santa Fund make sure that boys and girls in North Berkshire County have presents under the tree on Christmas morning ...
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The Top Left Corner #23: North Adams and Pittsfield Make Long-Awaited Choices

We speak with Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com about the results of the elections in two cities ...
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By Beyond My Ken (Own work) GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0via Wikimedia Commons

The Top Left Corner #22: Greylock Mill to House Food Biz Incubator

Tammy Daniels discusses the Greylock Mill event that revealed plans to create an incubator space for commercial food business. New mill owners Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry met with USDA representatives, Mayor Richard Alcombright, and members of local business and other organizations ...
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The north side of Main Street between Eagle and Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, is located within the expanded boundaries of the Monument Square-Eagle Street Historic District; photo by Beyond My Ken; GFD or CC BY-SAL via Wikimedia Commons

The Top Left Corner #21: North Adams Economic Development Chat

A panel discussion of two on the subject of generating growth in North Adams. This episode is straight up talk-show format. Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com, and I range over a wide terrain of economic development ideas—The Mohawk, vacant spaces, incubators, farmers markets, etc ...
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If the weather cooperates, the Fall Foliage Festival promises to be especially brilliant; photo by chensiyuan

The Top Left Corner #20: Fall Foliage Is Both a Festival and a Tradition

North Adams residents get ready to turn out in celebration as the leaves turn on the color Parades, craft shows, dinners, movies, and more are all part of the Autumn flurry that is the Fall Foliage Festival, taking place this week in North Adams. This year marks the 60th annual ...
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The preliminary election results put John Barrett III and Richard Acombright on the election ballot for November.

The Top Left Corner #19: Preliminary Elections, Same Old Issues?

Tammy Daniels discusses the results of the preliminary elections in North Adams and Pittsfield Just a little more than one bruising month of political skirmishes to find out who among yesterday's elections winners will lead their cities through the thorny political, fiscal, and social issues that seem a long way ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 18, “Berkshire Media Mavens,” Part 2:
Tammy Daniels on “What IS the News?”

As we re-boot the "Audio iBeat" segment of the Top Left Corner, Tammy Daniels, Managing Editor at iBerkshires.com offers listeners a crash-course on journalism. NOTE: This episode, which  features conversations with both Kate Abbott and Tammy Daniels, ran so long that breaking it up into two parts only made sense ...
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Kate Abbott standing in the Oyster River, Durham N.H; Facebook photo

The Top Left Corner, Episode 18, “Berkshire Media Mavens,” Part 1:
Kate Abbott Launches “BTW Berkshires”

Kate Abbott, former editor at Berkshires Week, talks a bit about her new media property, BTW Berkshires, and a whole lot about the practice of journalism NOTE: This episode, which  features conversations with both Kate Abbott and Tammy Daniels, ran so long that breaking it up into two parts only ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 17, BBO: WCC’s Emily Watts Upbeat on Region’s Future

TLC—BERKSHIRE BUSINESS OUTLOOK Emily Watts, new Director at the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce says mission focus should be both inward and outward to promote Town strengths The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce has named Emily Watts as its new Executive Director, the Chamber's Board Chair Jason Dohaney announced earlier this month ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 16—Unanswered Questions, Alexander Ciccolo: Terror Suspect?

Tammy Daniels returns from vacation to discover that the rumors and speculation surrounding the recent FBI presence in Adams have solidified into a shocking story. As managing editor of iBershires.com, Tammy confronts the question: Is Alexander Ciccolo a terror suspect? Certainly his statements seem to reveal some deeply troubling possibilities ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 15 — Sandra Thomas’ Fourth of July Finale

PLUS: Christine Casella, Justice of the Peace, on Love The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce sends outgoing Interim Executive Director Sandra Thomas off with a bang. Well, actually, Sandra organized the Town's Fourth of July celebration, so I suppose you could say she will be conducting her own brass band ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 14 — Downstreet Art with Michelle Daly of BCRC

PLUS: Do You Care Where Your Food Comes From? Country of Origin Labeling Requirements on Track to Be Repealed. ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 13 — Swimming Holes of the Berkshires!

PLUS: Cheshire votes no on pipeline; Child traffic fatality in Adams, Hotel on North opens. ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 12 — Summer Camp Special Edition

PLUS: North Adams Police Officers Recognized for Saving Life; Target: Summer Tag Sales ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 11 — Spring Romance: for the Birds

PLUS: iBerkshires says Williamstown residents will NOT be left holding the (plastic retail) bag, and We Talk Rhubarb with our BFF ...
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Top Left Corner, Episode 10 — Announcing “PRO-FUSION”

PLUS: Audio iBeat from iBerkshires.com, and Music from the Winterpills and Wishbone Zoë! Wicked short show today. That's because we've been busy with our plans for world domination. No! We didn't just say that! We meant that we've been busy building our new video instruction series "PRO-FUSION." These sponsored tutorials ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 9 — Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

PLUS: Audio iBeat from iBerkshires.com, Weekend Lowdown with Berkshire Family Focus, and Guest Paul Harsch on our Berkshire Business Outlook! No music this week...We had to make room for some of those in-depth interviews we're getting famous for. Don't worry. We have some GREAT new music for you over on ...
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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! 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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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. 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 ...
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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 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 ...
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The Top Left Corner, Episode 4 — Family Events, New Music, North Adams Farmers Market

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

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 ...
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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. 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 ...
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Introducing The Top Left Corner—Eph’s 300’th B-day and Makers’ Mill Get Cranking

So, we know that springing The Greylock Glass on an unsuspecting Berkshires population was risky. We are just as aware that launching The Glass' official podcast, "The Top Left Corner," a mere two weeks later is downright reckless. We think you'll thank us for it later ...
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