Valley Advocate Podcast: Artist Barbara Hadden on women, men, lesbianism, and becoming an artist
Apr16

Valley Advocate Podcast: Artist Barbara Hadden on women, men, lesbianism, and becoming an artist

According to artist Barbara Hadden, you’re just as likely to see her painting a house as you are painting a portrait. Hadden’s approach to art is informed by her practical and thoughtful demeanor, as well as her experience in the outdoors. Discussing her final show at the Oxbow Gallery, Title Nine, Hadden talks about her thoughts on the male and female form, as well as an abandoned attempt to hike the Long Trail in...

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Valley Advocate Podcast: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud discusses her historic candidacy for Congress
Apr09

Valley Advocate Podcast: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud discusses her historic candidacy for Congress

A woman, an African American, and a Muslim, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud’s candidacy for the First Congressional District of Massachusetts makes her a first for the district in a couple respects. But for her, the campaign is about representing interests of the people of the district, something she accuses her opponent, longtime Congressman Richard Neal, of taking for granted. Neal and Amatul-Wadud will face off in the Democratic Primary...

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Valley Advocate Podcast: Solomon Goldstein-Rose on why he dumped the Democratic party
Apr02

Valley Advocate Podcast: Solomon Goldstein-Rose on why he dumped the Democratic party

First elected as a Democrat in 2016, 24-year-old Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst replaced longtime Amherst Rep. Ellen Story in a crowded primary after Story retired. Now some Democrats are criticizing his decision to leave the party and run as an unenrolled candidate in the 2018 elections. Goldstein-Rose talks about his aversion to the two-party system and some things he hopes to accomplish working outside of it should he be elected...

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Valley Advocate Podcast: Advocate Theater Critic Chris Rohmann directs Tar2f!
Mar26

Valley Advocate Podcast: Advocate Theater Critic Chris Rohmann directs Tar2f!

For nearly as long as the Advocate has been around, Chris Rohmann has been writing theater reviews for it. But about a decade ago he got the chance to be on the other side of a production as a director and got hooked. Next month, Rohmann will be directing Tar2f!, a musical version of the 17th century play Tartuffe, which he says is quite current with its lampooning of swindlers gaining positions of authority. In the latest episode of...

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Valley Advocate Podcast: A Marijuana Cafe Plan B with Karima Rizk
Mar19

Valley Advocate Podcast: A Marijuana Cafe Plan B with Karima Rizk

Karima Rizk was hoping to have one of the first cafes in the country where patrons could come and use marijuana legally. Unfortunately, Massachusetts put the kibosh on that with it’s new regulations. Rizk hasn’t given up and still plans to move forward with the cafe in a different from. Hear about her experiences in the marijuana field and her dream of turning Western Mass into “the Emerald...

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Valley Advocate Podcast: TX Watson Is selling their soul to pay for student loans
Mar12

Valley Advocate Podcast: TX Watson Is selling their soul to pay for student loans

T.X. Watson, a transgender student at Hampshire College, feels grateful to the academic institution for the level of aid they received. However, upon graduation this spring, T.X. will still have more than $45,000 in debt between student loans and credit card debt for necessary items during the time they have been a student. So to pay off that debt, T.X. is planning to sell their soul at $45 per share. With 1,000 shares, that will undo...

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Advochat Podcast: Healthy food and social justice in Springfield with Liz Wills-O’Gilvie
Mar05

Advochat Podcast: Healthy food and social justice in Springfield with Liz Wills-O’Gilvie

As chair of the Springfield Food Policy Council Steering Committee and board chair of Gardening the Community, Liz Wills-O’Gilvie thinks a lot about how growing up as a minority in an urban neighborhood affects your access to healthy food. She says there are 10 McDonald’s within a mile and three-quarters of her house and limited access to fresh produce. Wills-O’Gilvie, who was recently in the Advocate talking about...

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Valley Advocate Podcast: The Lifestyle of a Sex Columnist
Feb26

Valley Advocate Podcast: The Lifestyle of a Sex Columnist

Yana Tallon-Hicks has been writing the Advocate’s sex and relationship column, The V-Spot, for seven years. It’s something she enjoys greatly, but she says it isn’t exactly the Carrie Bradshaw lifestyle some people seem to think it is. She is also a freelance sex educator. In our weekly podcast collaboration with Amherst Media, Yana talks about the state of sex education, how she uses cookies in her sex teachings,...

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Video Podcast: Keep Your Cruiser Clean; Lainey and Michelle are Coming to Your Town
Feb19

Video Podcast: Keep Your Cruiser Clean; Lainey and Michelle are Coming to Your Town

Lainey Wood and Michelle Pontbriant have a mission — they want to visit, photograph, and fully experience all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Since 2014, they have embarked on Lainey and Michelle’s Photo Safari, and have about 120 under their belt, mostly from Western Mass. The pair tells us their favorite and least favorite (Hint: it’s in Franklin County) of what they’ve seen so far, who has the nicest (and...

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Video Podcast – A Cannabis Chat with Meg Bantle
Feb12

Video Podcast – A Cannabis Chat with Meg Bantle

There never fails to be a whole lot of news about everyone’s favorite sort-of legal recreational/medicinal substance: cannabis. This week on our new Valley Advocate Podcast, produced in collaboration with Amherst Media, we speak with columnist Meg Bantle about cannabis in the news. Meg tells us about the novel way the state of Vermont joined the recreational bandwagon, the confusing legal status in Massachusetts, how to use...

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Introducing the Valley Advocate Podcast – a chat with provocative artist Imo Imeh
Feb06

Introducing the Valley Advocate Podcast – a chat with provocative artist Imo Imeh

Recently, the Advocate wrote about President Donald Trump’s derogatory comments about Africa, Haiti, and El Salvador during an immigration discussion – calling them shithole countries. Now we are pleased to continue the conversation and simultaneously introduce our first Valley Advocate podcast – in video form below. In partnership with Amherst Media, Advocate Editor Dave Eisenstadter and Arts and Culture Editor Gina...

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