Morning News: Podcasts



Baystate Health First Regional Campus of UMass Medical

With Springfield’s Baystate Health about to become the first regional campus of UMASS Medical school, Dr. John Schreiber, the regional executive dean, talks about this unique partnership.

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Skipping the Election? WHAT?!!

In the wake of the New York primary, it looks like Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump have become safe bets to secure their parties’ nominations, prompting many Sanders & Cruz supporters to declare that they’ll skip the election in November. To which Bob Flaherty says: “WHAT?!!”

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A Wide Ranging Interview with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse on his status as a Clinton delegate at the Democrat National convention; on the city going a full year without a homicide; on his dismay over a judge’s ruling on the needle exchange at Tapestry Health; and the bizarre case of City Councilor Jennifer Chateauneuf’s sudden resignation.

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Mayor Narkewicz Defends Water & Sewer Rate Changes

Mayor David Narkewicz lays out his proposals on the rate hikes on the heels of a confrontational Wednesday night meeting with business owners, which featured him going toe-to-toe with real estate mogul Eric Suher.

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Councilor Adams Opposes Northampton Mayor’s Water/Sewer Rates

Northampton At-Large City Councilor Jesse Adams criticizes Mayor Narkewicz’s proposed water and sewer rate structure change, calling it unfair to businesses & poor people.

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Baystate’s Battle Against Opioid Addiction

Baystate Medical’s Dr. Niels Rathlev talks about the hospital’s efforts to battle opioid addiction, including the drug monitoring program that identifies frequent ER visitors and limits the amount of opioids prescribed.

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Gazette Reporters on Reactions to Ward 3 Suspicious Fires

Gazette reporters Amanda Drane & Chris Lindahl get community reactions to the rash of suspicious fires in Northampton’s Ward 3, small blazes that forced residents to recall the Ward 3 arsons of 2009 that caused the deaths of an elderly man & his autistic son.

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Non-Violent Peaceforce in Northampton

Marna Anderson of the Brussels-based Non-Violent Peace Force, which protects civilians in combat zones and has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, met with Northampton’s American Friends Service Committee last week & stopped by the station on her way home.


Healing from Outside the Box Inside the Heart: Salvage A “Wasted” Day

In Healing from Outside the Box Inside the Heart, Northampton acupuncturist Amy Mager lists five steps for salvaging a wasted day, including taking 7 minutes to define 5 things you seek to accomplish the next day.

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Northampton Water/Sewer Rate Hike Controversy

Northampton City Council President Bill Dwight & frequent critic of city government Wes Hardy square off over the sewer/water rate hike controversy.

Recent Headlines

18 hours ago in National

Democrats, seeking unity, give Sanders say in party platform


The Democratic Party said on Monday it would give U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders a prominent say in writing its platform this year, a gesture that could ease tensions between Sanders' camp and party leaders, whom Sanders has accused of favoring rival Hillary Clinton.

18 hours ago in National

Hawaii could be first to put gun owners in federal database


Hawaii could become the first state in the nation to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

18 hours ago in Lifestyle, National

Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in U.S. is falling fast


The smoking rate among U.S. adults has been falling steadily for decades but the latest survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the 2015 decline is the biggest in more than 20 years.

19 hours ago in National

States on Zika’s frontline see big gaps in funding, expertise


In Mississippi, a small team of entomologists has begun the first survey of mosquito populations in decades. Experts do not believe the kind of mosquitoes most likely to carry the Zika virus are active in the state, but they cannot know for sure.

19 hours ago in National, World

Obama prods Vietnam on rights, promotes Trans-Pacific Partnership


U.S. President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of the communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes.