Morning News: Podcasts


Christa McAuliffe

Denise Remembers Covering Challenger Disaster 30 Years Ago

WHMP News Director Denise Vozella reflects on covering the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster as a cub reporter in Concord, NH

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What’s Going On in Hatfield?

Hatfield Selectman and School Committee member, Brian Moriarty, sits down with WHMP Reporter and Hatfield resident, Stephanie Slysz, covering a range of topics including: affordable housing, an aging population, school choice, high-stakes testing, that Center School, and the agenda for a Special Town Meeting for Feb 2 at 7pm at Smith Academy.


Oscar Inequality?

Bob asks: is it a crime that no black performers were nominated for Oscars for the second straight year, that eminently worthy actors like Idris Elba & Will Smith were missing from the list? Or is this equality after all, dominate one year, shut out the next, like Johnny Depp?

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Mayor Responds to ‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner Critics

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz answers critics on the Black Lives Matter banner that has been flying at City Hall since MLK day.

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Celebrate Holyoke Fundraiser

Project Manager Sigrid von Wendel on Saturday night’s event at Gateway City Arts featuring two iconic bands and a live auction all to support Celebrate Holyoke 2016.

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WMUA’s Polka Pickle

WMUA, the campus radio station at UMass has made headlines recently by gradually eliminating programming produced by non-student community members, shows that have run for years. But they’ve really stepped in it now. The POLKA BANDSTAND?!! What are these nuts thinking?


Good Enough–No to Resolutions, Yes to Intentions

This year I’m replacing resolutions with intentions, which feel more like a promise to myself. One of those promises is doing a “Winter Warrior” outdoor challenge.


Hampshire College’s Solar Sustainability

Hampshire College’s aim to be the only residential college to go 100% solar was the basis of an article published last month in the Christian Science Monitor. Bob Flaherty talks to Hampshire’s Dean of Natural Science Steven Root about the joint efforts of students, faculty & engineers. More information here on Hampshire College’s solar project.


MA Nurses Association Chair on Introducing Bernie Sanders

Bob talks with Patti Healey, chair of the Massaachusetts Nurses Association, who fired up the capacity crowd Saturday at Bernie Sanders’ rally at UMass, coining the phrase: “Code Bernie.”


First Night Music Montage

WHMP morning host Bob Flaherty puts together a tuneful montage of several artists who’ll be performing during Northampton’s First Night Celebration, including Johnny Memphis, Lord Russ, Wishbone Zoe & the Lonesome Brothers.

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School safety: Drops in bullying, violent crime on campus


The latest government snapshot of school crime paints a picture of safer schools, with declines in violent crime, bullying and harassment because of sexual orientation.

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U.S. gathers allies on next steps in Islamic State fight


The United States gathered defense ministers from 11 other countries for talks on Wednesday about ways to strengthen the campaign against Islamic State, a day after a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq during an attack by the militant group.

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And then there were 2: Cruz drops presidential bid


Cruz, who still holds his U.S. Senate seat from Texas for another two years before facing re-election in 2018, told supporters in Indiana where he lost badly in the state's primary, that his campaign was suspended but that his role in the future of the party was not over.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, May 4


Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ told by emojis


If the blockbuster movie was told entirely by characters on your cell phone.