Thursday, September 17, 201509/17/2015

Baghdad To Bach

In Bill Newman

9/17: We talk about life in Baghdad today and preview the “Bach to Baghdad” concert with Iraqi Doctor Mazan, archguitarist Peter Blanchette and Iraqi Children Art Exchange founder and Director Claudia Lefko. Plus “The Spirit of ’74: How the American Revolution Began” with author Ray Raphael.

trail run

Tuesday, September 15, 201509/15/2015

The Pope, Miracles, The Beatles & Western Mass Trail Running

In Bill Newman

9/15: John Thavis, best-selling author, whose new book is “The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age.” Then, Scott Freiman, Beatles expert, on Rubber Soul and his multi-media presentation. And Ben Kimball on running trails in western Massachusetts–he has written a new guide book.

hotel northampton

Monday, September 14, 201509/14/2015

The Hotel Northampton Union?

In Bill Newman

09/14: Hillary Mann Leverett, Middle- East expert, long-time National Security Council member, and author of “Going to Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran” on the Iraq nuclear deal. Then, Hotel Northampton employees explain why they need and are demanding a union.

debie cook

Saturday, September 12, 201509/12/2015

Western Mass Business Show 9.12.15

Ira talks with Debbie Cook from Flayvors of Cook Farm

margaret b jonas

Friday, September 11, 201509/11/2015

Hope in The Pope

In Bill Newman

9/11: Rev. Margaret Bullitt- Jonas, Rev. Peter Ives, Rabbi Justin David, & Karen Ribeiro, leader of Pioneer Valley Interfaith Eco Action, on Pope Francis’ upcoming visit, Moral Action for Climate Justice, and reflections on 9/11. Local interfaith eco-action details at http://bit.ly/1PxmTTS

stan rosenberg

Friday, September 11, 201509/11/2015

Taking A Stan On The Pipleine

In Bill Newman

9/10: Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg; then a local and national treasure, best selling children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems.

mike rya

Friday, September 11, 201509/11/2015

Men With Hats

In Bill Newman

9/9: Judge Michael Ryan on Cooley-Dickinson—yes, the man the hospital is named for and why you haven’t hear about him and what you should do about that! Wear a hat—seriously. Then “Cool Films with Larry Hott,” the Emmy Award-winning film maker.


Tuesday, September 8, 201509/08/2015

Pipelines and Chalk Talk

In Bill Newman

9/8: Katiy Eiseman, Ex. Dir., MassPLAN, PipeLine Awareness Network, updates us on that frackin’ pipeline; Claudia Lefko,
Founder of the Iraqi Children’s Art Exhange and archguitarist Peter Blanchette on “Baghdad to Bach;” Northampton Center for the Arts Exec Dir. Penny Burke on chalking Northampton.

stan kowalski

Saturday, September 5, 201509/05/2015

Taking Care Of Business 9.5.15

In The Western Mass. Business Show

Ira talks with Stan Kowalski III and Chris Lidel of Flo Design Sonics in Wilbraham in part two of his two week conversation.


Friday, September 4, 201509/04/2015

Artificial Intelligence

In Bill Newman


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15 million on HIV treatment as AIDS pandemic tide turns


Some 15.8 million people worldwide are now on HIV treatment and a fast-track strategy to end the AIDS pandemic is starting to show results, the United Nations AIDS program said on Tuesday.