Since we last talked, it feels like the whole country has been on the most intense emotional roller coaster. We reflect on the grief, hatred, and, yes, stupidity that has erupted around the murder of nine people in Charleston; we celebrate the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality, and acknowledge that there is still more work to do; and closer to home, we applaud the confirmation and swearing in of Jody Kasper as Northampton’s first woman police chief. Also, Jaz has a suggestion for Pat Boone.
We welcome back old friend of the show Adam Novitt, recently named Director of the Lilly Library in Florence, to talk about the value of libraries…and whatever else he wants to talk about; conversations with Adam always take unexpected and delightful turns. We also note the passing of two beloved and respected area residents.
Another week, another example of cops behaving badly. Meanwhile, here in Northampton, we’re fortunate to have a choice between two progressive, community-minded officers as finalists for our Chief of Police. We also have a choice of some very cool looking benches, thanks to some community-minded youth.
Coming up this weekend, catch Bill, Jaz, and a bunch of other fun and talented folk in Life in the (413), an evening of radio plays and music celebrating our favorite part of the state. We also talk about a woman on the cover of a magazine.
Bill reviews some of the latest hot button issues, according to the comments on Facebook. Meanwhile, can Mayor Narkewicz convince Smith College President Kathleen McCartney to agree to a PILOT program? Jaz has some ideas to spice up the negotiations, and maybe even raise more money.
Also, Bill has a very important announcement.