charles sharples

Saturday, May 14, 201605/14/2016

Western Mass Business Show 5.14.16

In The Western Mass. Business Show

Ira talks with Charles Sharples from Lindgren and Sharples


Saturday, May 14, 201605/14/2016

Vaya Con Muñoz 5.14.16

In Vaya Con Muñoz

Marla Goldberg and I talk about bigotry and the Republican Party and their monsterous creation that makes racism and all the other isms perfectly OK again – and what we can do about it.
Also, filmmaker Larry Hott reviews two films about law and justice. We include links to watch previews.
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”

“The Mind of Mark DeFriest”

And we say “hasta la vista” with Celia Cruz signing “Guantanamera.”


Friday, May 13, 201605/13/2016

Life Story

In Bill Newman

5/13: Gerald Moore, LIFE magazine editor and author of LIFE Story; Heidi Nortonsmith, Executive Director, Northampton Survival Center; artist David Brewster joins Arts Correspondent Betsy Stone.


Thursday, May 12, 201605/12/2016


In Bill Newman

5/12: Award-winning novelist and GCC professor emeritus Brian Adams on his new novel “Kaboom!”; then, the Rev. Peter Ives and Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener.


Wednesday, May 11, 201605/11/2016

The Women From The Women’s Fund

In Bill Newman

5/11: From the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts: CEO Elizabeth Barajas Roman, Program Officer Ellen Moorehouse and LIPPI graduate Natasha Clark; Your State U with Max Page – when, unfortunately, free community college doesn’t mean free at all; and Vaya con Munoz with Natalia Munoz and Catherine Ratte’, Chief Planner of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, on when allegedly welcome doesn’t mean welcome at all.

mo willems

Tuesday, May 10, 201605/10/2016

Mo Willems says “Thank You”

In Bill Newman

5/10: Ed Snowden’s lawyer & National ACLU Director of the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project Ben Wizner; then Mo Willems and Rich Michelson on the end of an era (and the beginning of another).


Tuesday, May 10, 201605/10/2016

On The Money (5/11/16)

In On the Money

Are Americans saving enough for retirement? Is “What’s My Number?” really a viable strategy? Are the traditional rules for saving…


Monday, May 9, 201605/09/2016

Fictional Fracking & Figments of Family

In Bill Newman

5/9: Award-winning authors Jennifer Haigh and Marisa Labozzetta (both with new books; both with upcoming readings) and Political Gold with Josh Silver—Trump this if you can!

steve lewis

Saturday, May 7, 201605/07/2016

Western Mass Business Show 5.7.16

In The Western Mass. Business Show

5.7.16 Ira talks with Steve Lewis of Steve Lewis Subaru, who loves cars, people and solving problems


Saturday, May 7, 201605/07/2016

Vaya Con Muñoz 5.7.16

In Vaya Con Muñoz

Marla Goldberg and I just can’t stop talking politics. She’s all about Bernie and I am with Hillary. We’re still friends even as we disagree in a big way. Also this week, the best film critic in the English-speaking world, the award-winning filmmaker Larry Hott joins Vaya con Muñoz for a weekly segment on the movies. These are not about silly Hollywood movies; these are thoughtful and thrilling movies. Our inaurgual segment starts with a review of the 1922 film by Robert J. Flaherty, “Nanook of The North.” You can watch the entire film in high def here. As Larry points out, it’s relevant today because of climate change.
You can see “On Thin Ice in the Bering Sea,” four ten-minute films by Florentine Films/Hott Productions and Tom Litwin at the NOVA/PBS link below. If you have trouble getting them to play on your system, the direct links to the films are on Dropbox at the links below.


The interviewees talking about the different words for ice is in Film #1 at 6:04 and ends at 7:00.

The woman serving the walrus meat meal is in Film #2 at 3:37 and ends at 4:55.



In case you didn’t know already, Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, the Erik Barnouw Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, fourteen CINE Golden Eagles, screenings at Telluride, and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational, and New England Film Festivals.

Hott was the Fulbright Fellow in Film and Television in the United Kingdom in 1994. He received the Humanities Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities in 1995; a Massachusetts Cultural Council/Boston Film and Video Foundation Fellowship in 2001; and the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2001 Hott has been on the board of non-fiction writers at Smith College and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. In 2009, 2010, and 2012 Hott presented his films in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Algeria as part of the American Documentary Showcase, a program of the US Department of State. In 2015 he was a Fulbright Specialist in Vietnam teaching documentary in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences, the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.

His recent films for national PBS broadcast include Through Deaf Eyes, American Masters John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature, Niagara Falls, The Return of the Cuyahoga, Imagining Robert and The War of 1812. He has recently finished three films for broadcast:Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, Rising Voices/ Hótȟaŋiŋpi: The Revitalization of the Lakota Language and SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield.

For more information see: www.florentinefilms.org

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