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.


From Refugee Camp To The Projects

7.23.15 Ko Festival star Sokeo Ros & the festival’s artistic director Sabrina Hamilton; then Molly Bricker of Greenfield –she recently donated part of her liver to a five year old girl she had never met.

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Rock Voices & Latina Voices

7.22.15 RockVoices with Tony Lechner, Dan Belmont, Meredith (Merry) Bixby, Carla Cooke, Nancy Denig, Pauline Fogel, Joan Griswold, & Rachel Tapley. Then, introducing Natalia Munoz.


The Budget ‘n’ Boots

7.21.15 Jackie Cooper, storyteller Rochelle Wildfong and musician Jack Barry take us back in time discussing “A Legacy of Rural Music, People, Place”; In a sort of “How To”, Dr. Don Robinson describes the 6 year collaboration among more than 100 people from every sector of the community that resulted in the recently released History of Ashfield Volume III.

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How The Sausage…er…The BUDGET is made

7.20 Rep. Steve Kulik, Vice-Chair of House Ways and Means, discusses Massachusetts’ $38.1 Billion budget for FY 2016, the budget process, and his bill that would permit towns to collect property taxes from certain entities that are now tax-exempt; On Black in the Valley Prof. Carlie Tartakov and Dr. Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks will continue their conversation with Rev. Jeannine Smalls from Charleston, SC’s A.M.E. District 7.


Fair Wages for CSO & The Psychology of Torture

7/17: Dr. Stephen Soldz on how Psychologists collaborated with the CIA and Defense Department on the War on Terror’s Torture Program, and the resulting professional ethics issues; Jason Stephany of the Service Employees International Union on the impending strike by Mental Health Workers of the taxpayer’s funded Clinical & Support Options; Inside/Out with Artist Betsy Stone and New Century Theater’s Sam Rush.

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New Evidence In The Rosenbergs’ Case

7.16.15 Robert Meeropol on yesterday’s revelations confirming that the U.S. government executed two innocent people—his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; Professor Jordan Ellenberg on “How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking”; and Dr. David Casarett, author of “Stoned: A Doctor’s case for Medical Marijuana.”

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Burq Off!

7.15.15 Nadia Manzoor presents “Burq Off! at the Ko Festival — with the festival’s artistic director, Sabrina Hamilton (listen to this amazing actor and writer — you are going to want to see this show); Massachusetts Teachers Ass’n President Barbara Madeloni with professor Mass Page on tuition, funding and high-stakes testing; Mandy Smith, author of “Cabin Fever: the Sizzling Secrets of a Virgin Airlines Flight Attendant.”

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We Heart Pluto

7.14.15 Hampshire College professor and astronomer Salman Hameed takes us on a tour of Pluto; the good, the bad, and the ugly news on Kinder Morgan’s fracking pipeline — with Katie Eisman, President of the Pipeline Awareness Network of the Northeast and the Director of MassPLAN, the Massachusetts Pipeline Awareness Network.


Treehouse is A Home

7.13.15 Previews, Previews!! The new café opening at the Treehouse Community in Easthampton and this year’s (literally back by popular demand) Yidstock at the Yiddosh Book Center in Amherst.


Why Are Farmers in India Killing Themselves?

7.10.15 Rasil Basu, founder of the NGO Ekatra, and Amherst College Professor Amrita Basu on their film “Harvest of Grief.” “Intelligent Disobedience” with author Ira Chaleff.

Recent Headlines

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Fire Damages Cottage Street Businesses in Easthampton


Chief David Mottor says fire broke out around 11:30 last night at the Platinum Pony bar and nightclub. He estimates damage at up to 90-thousand dollars.

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White House Official Talks Addiction In Franklin County

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Sponsored by the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, White House Drug Control Policy Office Deputy Director Mary Lou Learly was at Greenfield Community College to brief local officials on the administration's efforts to address prescription drug and heroin addiction.

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Man Passing Counterfeit Bills in Whately

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A phony one-hundred dollar bill was passed at the Whately Circle K store, the department reported on its Facebook page.

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Amtrak Vermonter Derails in VT

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An Amtrak train bound for Western Massachusetts derailed in central Vermont Monday morning.

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Bernie Sanders Rallies Springfield

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Springfield Mass Mutual Center

Over 6 thousand piled into Springfield's Mass Mutual Center to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Saturday afternoon.