Podcasts: Bill Newman

Bill Newman

The Bill Newman Show. Weekdays at 9AM (and again at 6PM). Join Bill & Monte Belmonte as they talk with newsmakers, authors, artists,
poets, and ‘fish wrap’ about the day’s headlines.


Hot(t) films. Cool poems.

10/2: Emmy-award winning filmmakers: Northampton-based Larry Hott and Smith College graduate Cynthia Wade—her new film is “Freeheld;” then, “NPR: Northmapton Poetry Radio” with Rich Michelson—previewing the reading of Emily Dickinson’s poems and the Poetry Festival in Amherst this weekend with nationally acclaimed poets Dara Wier and Dina Elenbogan; then MHC professor Tom Wartenberg on Mel Bochner’s show now at the college’s art gallery and their upcomng public conversation.

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Joe Kennedy In The House

10/1: Congressman Joe Kennedy; Peter Blood and Annie Patterson on “Rise Up Singing;” Then, Rev. Peter Ives, Rabbi Justin David and Annie Turner on Pope Francis’ visit.

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Multicultural Melange

9/30: Hampshire College Professor Salman Hameed on “Science in the Muslim World.” Then, on our “Vaya Con Munoz” segment Gia Bernini joins Natalia Munoz and shares from her new book, “Coriander.”

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Medical Marijuana Arrives In Northampton

9/29: Attorney Michael Cutler on medical marijuana clinics opening in Massachusetts; best-selling author Jane McGonigal on the games you play (or should play). Her new book is “Super Better: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient.”


MGM’s Bait & Switch and Capitalism Working for The Common Good?

9/28: Professor Robert Goodman, author of “The Luck Business,” on MGM backtracking on its Springfield casino commitment; Terry Mollner on “Common Good Capitalism –It’s Next.” And best-selling author Holly Goldberg Sloan, coming to the Odyssey”—her new book—this is just too much fun—is “Appleblossom The Possum.”


Is An Asteroid Coming To End Us?

9/25: Filmmaker Jeff Preiss on his new film “Low Down.” Then Mount Holyoke College Professor Kathy Aidala on the Sci-tech café, Pluto, and asteroids heading towards earth.


Songs for Syria

9/24: Michael Kane and Deb Shriver from the Valley Syrian Relief Committee, along with Rev. Peter Ives and Rabbi Justin David, help us preview upcoming “Songs for Syria.”

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Women Rule The Airwaves!

9.23.15 Pam Victor guests hosts (and Monte is outnumbered 7-1) with guests comedians Kim DeShields, Jess Miller, Laura Patrick & UMass Professor Kirsten Lang from the Department of Women Gender Sexuality Studies. Plus Vay Con Munoz and award winning filmmaker, Mary Paterno.

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Welcome, Syrian Refugees

9/22: Mohammed Najeeb (refugee resettlement worker) and Zaid al Nassar (a recently arrived Syrian refugee) on Syrian refugees/immigrants in America; then we preview, with the playwright, actors, and those whose stories are told, the play “The Draft” based Tom Weiner’s book, “Called to Serve.”

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Remember John Musante & More

9/21: Glenn Siegel on Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares; then, recent Amherst College grad Bryce Monroe on “The Lower Frequencies”–a very special edition of Black in the Valley.

Recent Headlines

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Making headlines this week


A look back at some of the biggest newsmakers this week and the headlines you may have missed.

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Teen pregnancies hit historic low


The annual survey shows the continuation of a downward trend that began in 2006 and continued through 2014, the latest year of complete data, when nearly 250,000 babies were born to girls and women aged 15 to 19.

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U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris in this April 15, 2014 file photo.

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority.

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Biden visits Iraq in show of support amid multiple crises


U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other top officials in unannounced visits to Baghdad and Erbil on Thursday to show support for a government battling Islamic State amid political and economic crises.

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No wall, but more high-tech gear, fencing sought by U.S. border agents


The modest scope of the requirements, details of which were contained in internal emails seen by Reuters and described by Border Patrol officials in interviews, contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures to secure the border.