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Trippin on the Shoestring
The Shoestring is an alternative local news collective based in Western Massachusetts. In our new podcast Trippin on the Shoestring, we'll be discussing recently published articles and happenings about town.
Mar 2, 2022
Ep 12: Dash Cams, Motorola Solutions, Northampton, Oh My
In this episode we talk with defense attorneys Rachel Weber and Dana Goldblatt, Ben Brucato, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Framingham University, and Chris K., a local anti-surveillance activist about Northampton City Council's recent decision to enter a five year contract with Motorola Solutions.
1 hr 14 min
Feb 17, 2022
Ep 11: Covid-19 and the media w/ Dr. Steven Thrasher
In this episode we talk with Dr. Steven Thrasher, a professor of journalism at Northwestern University, and author of the upcoming book, The Viral Underclass. We discussed the responsibility of media during the COVID 19 pandemic and more. But first, a quick update about what we're up to here at The Shoestring and the goings on at Northampton City Council.
Feb 8, 2022
Ep 10: Ten Forward with Sarah Lanzilotta
In this episode we share an interview we conducted in January with Sarah Lanzilotta, the owner of Ten Forward in Greenfield, about the challenges faced by the independent music venue during the pandemic. But first, a quick update about what we're up to here at The Shoestring and the goings on at Northampton City Council.
Feb 1, 2022
Ep 9: Investigative Reporter Dusty Christensen
We sit down with investigative reporter Dusty Christensen of the Daily Hampshire Gazette to discuss his recent work on the internal affairs of the Northampton Police Department.
Sep 19, 2021
Ep 8: Covid Data and its Discontents w/Joe Pater
The Shoestring's Covid data columnist Joe Pater joins us to discuss how public information about the virus has been disseminated and how it hasn't. He compares the local response to that in his home town in Ontario, exposing the scattershot standards between different municipal responses and much more. Pater is a linguistics professor at UMASS Amherst.
May 9, 2021
Trippin' on The Shoestring Ep 7 : The Future of Local Media w/Victor Pickard
The Shoestring talks with media scholar Victor Pickard about the failure of advertising revenue to fund local journalism, the need for publicly funded local media, and the case for media cooperatives.
Apr 9, 2021
Trippin' on the Shoestring Ep 6: Who Does ServiceNet Serve?
We talk with Shoestring staff writer and labor correspondent Roman Nicholas about his recent expose on ServiceNet. In the piece, Nicholas spoke to shelter workers about the union bargaining process for better wages, high turnover, and staff burnout, raising questions not just about the non-profit’s labor practices but how they serve the unhoused community.
Mar 12, 2021
Trippin' on the Shoestring Ep 5: Officer Andrew Kohl
We talk with Molly Keller about her research on Northampton Police Department Officer Andrew Kohl who was recently featured in our Northampton Police Misconduct Trading Card series.
Feb 5, 2021
Trippin' on The Shoestring Ep 4: Organizing Small Business in the Valley
In this episode we talk with our labor beat correspondent R. Nicholas about workers and the process and challenges of organizing small businesses in the valley.
Jan 22, 2021
Trippin' on The Shoestring Ep 3: Disappearing Ink
We invited former Daily Hampshire Gazette reporter and frequent Shoestring and Montague Reporter contributor Sarah Robertson to discuss the state of local news in the valley in this recurring series of discussions we are calling "Disappearing Ink."
Dec 5, 2020
Trippin on the Shoestring Ep 2: Northampton City Council
The Shoestring has reported on over 50 Northampton City Council meetings in its regularly occurring column "I Go to City Council Meetings." Columnists Jules Marsh and Brian Zayatz along with the editorial team, reflect on what they have learned from their time spent in the chambers.
Nov 10, 2020
Trippin on the Shoestring Ep 1: Lt. Alan Borowski