Valley Advocate Podcast

Valley Advocate Podcast

By Valley Advocate
News, politics, arts, and more in Western Massachusetts, produced by the Valley Advocate.
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Bizarro Briefs: Dangerous Cheetos, TP wedding dresses, and animal crises
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 host Trumpy talk about the week’s weird news in a podcast version of the Valley Advocate’s Bizarro Briefs section. Learn this week about dangerous Cheetos, TP wedding dresses, and animal crises.
13:59
October 16, 2019
Luis Fieldman on Club Castaway strip club's LGBTQ-friendly policies
Writer Luis Fieldman wrote the Advocate's cover story on Whately strip club Castaway, and it's reopening with some new policies, including having male and queer-identified dancers, lesbian nights, and transgender performers.
16:44
October 14, 2019
Advocate Sessions - Among the Acres
Among The Acres combine folk-rock, pop, and Americana with lush vocal harmonies. 
31:38
October 9, 2019
VA Podcast: Chris Goudreau on local gas pipeline activism
Advocate Associate Editor Chris Goudreau wrote about how gas explosions last year in eastern Massachusetts have affected gas pipeline activism locally. He speaks to editor Dave Eisenstadter about the perspectives of the people he spoke with for the article and what the future of natural gas might be in Massachsuetts. Spoiler alert: possibly none.
21:48
October 8, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: Scamming the scammers, a date gone horribly wrong, drinking a drink with your own toe in it
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 host Trumpy talk about the week’s weird news in a podcast version of the Valley Advocate’s Bizarro Briefs section. Learn this week about scamming the scammers, a date gone horribly wrong, and drinking a drink with your own toe in it.
17:01
October 3, 2019
Advocate Sessions - Ali Kat and the Revelators
Ali Kat and the Revelators perform rocking funk and soul with sax, guitars, and high energy vocals.
28:33
October 2, 2019
VA Podcast: Truck Stop Troubadours front-man Brian Chicoine on his music and a recent health scare
Columnist Jennifer Levesque speaks to Truck Stop Troubadours front-man Brian Chicoine about his music and a recent health scare. He also talks about an upcoming show at Poor Richard's in Chicopee.
11:22
September 30, 2019
Bizarro Briefs Podcast: Disappointing attendance at Area 51 raid, a nonexistent flatulence competition, and biting a camel in self defense
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 host Trumpy talk about the week’s weird news in a podcast version of the Valley Advocate’s Bizarro Briefs section. Learn this week about disappointing attendance at Area 51 raid, a nonexistent flatulence competition, and biting a camel in self defense.
17:04
September 26, 2019
Advocate Sessions - Amber Belle
Amber Belle is a singer-songwriter with a honey toned voice who performs original folk and country music.
24:06
September 26, 2019
VA Podcast: Steve Pfarrer on David Berman and his ties to the Valley
Musician and poet David Berman, who was a part of the UMass Amherst MFA program and went on to front the music group Silver Jews committed suicide last month. Steve Pfarrer wrote about his ties to the Valley and those that remember Berman and his music and writing.
12:52
September 23, 2019
Advocate Sessions - Jake Klar
Jake Klar is a local artist who performs folk and blues music with a poetic sensibility. For the video recording of this session, as well as over 100 other sessions performances, go to sessions.valleyadvocate.com.  Follow us on Twitter @JakeKlarMusic @ValleyAdvocate
20:15
September 20, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: Explosive bull semen, beating an elevator up a building, stuffed Cheez-It pizza
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 host Trumpy talk about the week’s weird news in a podcast version of the Valley Advocate’s Bizarro Briefs section. Learn this week about explosive bull semen, beating an elevator up a building, and stuffed Cheez-It pizza.
18:12
September 19, 2019
VA Podcast: Gena Mangiaratti on Massachusetts consent laws
Gena Mangiaratti speaks about her Advocate cover story in which she spoke with Gina Rose Napolitano, a young woman who says she engaged in a sexual relationship with a teacher at her school. The relationship had consequences that affected her mental health, she said. That relationship is legal under Massachusetts law, but Napolitano is working to change that.
12:50
September 16, 2019
Valley Advocate Sessions - OroborO
OroborO combines experimenatal rock with punk, metal, and mathy riffs.  For the video recording of this session, as well as over 100 other sessions performances, go to sessions.valleyadvocate.com.   The Advocate Sessions are a collaborative community project of the Valley Advocate, Northampton Open Media, and Signature Sounds Visit us at Northampton Open Media,  The Valley Advocate, and Signature Sounds. 
25:31
September 12, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: Awful gun testing, robot priests, and a poop knife
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 host Trumpy talk about the week’s weird news in a podcast version of the Valley Advocate’s Bizarro Briefs section. Hear about awful gun testing, robot priests, and a poop knife. 
15:24
September 10, 2019
VA Podcast: Jonathan Kermah's Night Show
Editorial intern Jonathan Kermah talks about the night shift, both from his own perspective working nights at a local gas station as well as speaking with first responders and a sleep expert. His article on the topic can be found here.
28:08
September 9, 2019
Sessions - Blame Cadence
Blame Cadence is a one woman chorus of looped soulful a cappella pop. For the video recording of this session, as well as over 100 other sessions performances, go to sessions.valleyadvocate.com.   Follow us on Twitter @valleyadvocate
19:04
August 30, 2019
VA Podcast: A victory against residential pipelines
Longmeadow resident and activist Michele Marantz was interviewed in the Advocate story "Longmeadow voters say no to gas pipeline project in residential neighborhood," about her community group, which managed to get a zoning bylaw passed that could halt a pipeline project that affects several Western Mass communities. She speaks to editor Dave Eisenstadter.
26:50
August 30, 2019
Sessions - Lush Honey
Lush Honey is a band that makes funky soul and progressive rock ‘n’ roll. The band performed live at the Summit View in Holyoke during the 2019 Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll party. For the video version of this performance, go to session.valleyadvocate.com. Follow us on Twitter @valleyadvocate
43:03
August 28, 2019
VA Podcast: Chris Goudreau on Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno's absence from marginalized communities
In a piece looking at the upcoming mayoral election in Springfield, writer Chris Goudreau interviewed Mayor Domenic Sarno's challengers as well as leaders in the activist community. Sarno himself declined an interview. Goudreau speaks about what he learned reporting the story.
25:11
August 26, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: Peed on peas, moose meat solicitation, and a dirty diaper assault
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 host Trumpy talk about the week’s weird news in a podcast version of the Valley Advocate’s Bizarro Briefs section. Hear about peed on peas, moose meat solicitation, and a dirty diaper assault.
17:45
August 23, 2019
Sessions - Home Body
Home Body is an electro fever-pop, new wave and experimental pop duo. They recently released their new record, Spiritus, which can be found on their website. For the video version of this performance, go to sessions.valleyadvocate.com. Follow us on Twitter: @valleyadvocate
27:13
August 22, 2019
VA Podcast: Lauren Simonds on small business in the world of big cannabis
Lauren Simonds returns to the Valley Advocate podcast to talk about the challenges small businesses face now that big companies have become operational in the Massachusetts cannabis market. Read her full article here.
19:52
August 19, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: Falling bears, dumb beverages, and a septic tank lightning strike
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 host Trumpy talk about the week’s weird news in a podcast version of the Valley Advocate’s Bizarro Briefs section. Hear about falling bears, dumb beverages, and a septic tank lightning strike.
19:53
August 14, 2019
VA Podcast: Shutesbury rapper Chris Focus on finding hip-hop by accident and growing as an artist
Audio intern Jonathan Kermah interviews 21-year-old Shutesbury rapper Chris Focus about his start as an artist, his evolution, Rosebud Creatives, and more. Stream Focus's music on all streaming platforms. 
23:01
August 12, 2019
VA Podcast: Alula Shields on banning plastic in Northampton
 Alula Shields has been collecting signatures to establish a plastic straw ban in Northampton by canvassing and through an online petition. Following a story about her efforts in the Advocate by Jonathan Kermah, editor Dave Eisenstadter sits down with her and discusses the reasons behind her advocacy, the issues with single-use plastic, and some biodegradable alternatives to plastic. 
16:09
August 5, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: Loose yaks, stolen dentures, and hair farms for rich people
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 host Trumpy talk about the week’s weird news in a podcast version of the Valley Advocate’s Bizarro Briefs section.  Hear about loose yaks, stolen dentures and hair farms for rich people.
14:12
August 1, 2019
VA Podcast: Artisan Michael Poole on gun violence and potholes
 Michael Poole, who owns Blue Collar Artisans in Easthampton discusses two of his major art projects, one whimsical, one serious, which were the subject of a recent Advocate cover story. Since the spring, Poole has been arranging Playmobile toys to make small scenes around his community and taking photos of the results. At the same time, he has been constructing and welding a six-foot sphere of nearly 15,000 metal washers, each of which represents a victim of gun violence over the past year. 
29:14
July 29, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: Seagull steals dog, asking someone out with a bomb threat, and a port-a-potty disaster
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 host Trumpy talk about the week's weird news in a podcast version of the Valley Advocate's Bizarro Briefs section. Hear about five guys getting arrested at a Five Guys, why you shouldn't cut on line for a port-a-potty, a 2 1/2 year old who loses his driving privileges, and a bit of oversharing from Trumpy about his kids!
13:22
July 24, 2019
Valley Advocate Podcast: Michael Kusek on his new cannabis publication, Different Leaf
Michael Kusek, who used to be the marketing manager at the Valley Advocate and publisher of the now-closed Take Magazine, has just come out with his first issue of Different Leaf, a cannabis publication. Kusek talks with Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter about his hopes for the magazine and a bit about his time at the Advocate.
27:22
July 22, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: Raiding Area 51, a tiki torch sword fight, and a poorly timed fart (July 17)
Editor Dave Eisenstadter and Trumpy of Hits 94.3 talk about the weird news of the week, including a proposed raid on Area 51 (are there really aliens there?), a mall sword fight using tiki torches, and a loud fart that reveals the location of someone hiding from police.
16:32
July 18, 2019
Valley Advocate Podcast - Chris Goudreau on Valley residents traveling to the border
 Chris Goudreau, associate editor of the Valley Advocate, speaks with editor Dave Eisenstadter about his recent cover story, "From the Valley to the Border: Sickening news on the treatment of migrants inspiring locals to travel down to help." Hear how he developed the story, speaking to members of Serving Asylum Seekers, Team Brownsville, and Grannies Respond, and what local residents will be doing at the Mexican border. 
18:54
July 15, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: A popular Japanese poop museum, a late-night pizza walker, and waking up at your own funeral (July 9)
Valley Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter and Hits 94.3 DJ Trumpy talk about the weird news of the week. Bizarro Briefs this week can be read at  https://valleyadvocate.com/2019/07/10/bizarro-briefs-do-starfish-have-butts/.
14:30
July 11, 2019
Q&A - Springfield rapper Championxiii
Advocate intern Jonathan Kermah sits down with Springfield rapper Championxiii to discuss his overnight internet fame, the app Tick Tock, and his hit single "Becky." Stream Championxiii's most recent project Champion Status on all music streaming platforms, and follow him on Instagram and Tick Tock. Follow us on Twitter @ValleyAdvocate @Jkermah98
21:31
July 11, 2019
Valley Advocate Podcast - Jennifer Levesque on abortion and guns
Jennifer Levesque, the Valley Advocate's art director, also writes columns for us. Recently, she wrote two hard-hitting pieces: one about her personal experience with abortion, and the other about gun violence response programs at her son's school. Advocate editor Dave Eisenstadter speaks with her about the experiences behind those two columns.
17:28
July 1, 2019
Bizarro Briefs: Weird news from 06/25/19
Dave and Trumpy go over weird news stories about Bill Cosby prison lectures, a tornado of poop, and 'take your daughter to your crime spree day.'
15:39
June 26, 2019
Valley Advocate Podcast - Lauren Simonds
Lauren Simonds recently wrote a cover story for the Advocate, "An Old Stoner's Guide to Modern Cannabis." Here she sits down with editor Dave Eisenstadter on what research for the story was like, and also lamenting the time when stoners knew how to build their own bongs and rather than plugging their vape pens into their USB ports. 
18:55
June 24, 2019
Valley Advocate Podcast - David Daley
Author of the book  "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy," David Daley has also served as the editor of Salon.com. He now calls the Valley home and has written several pieces looking closely at the campaign finances of Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield.
20:12
June 17, 2019
Bizarro Briefs - Avocado grenades, salad frosting, and a styrofoam cake (June 11)
Editor Dave Eisenstadter and Trumpy from Hits 94.3 talk about the week's most bizarre news stories. This week's stories include a failed theft with a blow torch, Kraft's salad frosting for kids, and much more. Email your bizzaro news stories to deisen@valleyadvocate.com Follow us on Twitter @ValleyAdvocate @DaveEisen @TrumpyOnAir
14:57
June 14, 2019
Bizarro Briefs - Dirty sky writing, a naughty principal, and a 911 fail (June 4)
Editor Dave Eisenstadter and Trumpy from Hits 94.3 talk about the week's most bizarre news stories. This week's stories include genitalia in the sky, pigs in the car, and much more. Email your bizzaro news stories to deisen@valleyadvocate.com Follow us on Twitter @ValleyAdvocate @DaveEisen @TrumpyOnAir
12:31
June 14, 2019
Valley Advocate Podcast: Cannabis dosing and gardening
Cannabis expert Karima Rizk talks with editor Dave Eisenstadter about two of her most recent stories with the Valley Advocate, one about her own cannabis growing experience and the other about finding your perfect dose of marijuana. Follow us on Twitter @Valleyadvocate @DaveEisen 
21:07
June 14, 2019
Q&A - Amherst rapper Big Sav
Advocate Intern Jonathan Kermah sits down with Amherst rapper Big Sav to discuss how he turned his pain and probation into music.  For more of Big Sav's music, follow him on Soundcloud, or watch his music videos on YouTube. Follow us on Twitter @ValleyAdvocate @jkermah98
14:43
June 13, 2019
Valley Advocate Podcast: Holyoke's Care Center and trash buster John Coughlin
Writer Maureen O'Reilly talks with editor Dave Eisenstadter about her Advocate cover stories on the Care Center's college programs for non-traditional students and her interview with litter foe John Coughlin.  Follow us on Twitter @Valleyadvocate @DaveEisen 
15:05
June 3, 2019
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