August 29, 2014

Summer’s End Can’t Come Fast Enough

For most of us, the arrival of Labor Day weekend marks the bittersweet finale to the season of vacation and rest. Our commentator doesn’t feel wistful about summer’s end this year.

August 22, 2014

August 15, 2014

August 08, 2014

Workers Brace For Life After Vermont Yankee

Some of the workers have left already. Entergy says 572 people were still working at the plant on June 1. About half of them will lose their jobs in January, after the plant shuts down. Others will stay on for another 18 months or so to help place the reactor in protective storage. After that, another major layoff is expected.

August 01, 2014

The Sound Of (New) Music

Up the road a ways from Tanglewood, progressive musical collective takes a different approach to classical training

In the Berkshires every summer, there is a musical collective that wants to rip the powdered wig off traditional classical music. Playing the work of living composers and using unconventional methods, they are interested in anything but a musical history lesson. Things wrap up on Saturday with six hours of music, including special guests like Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and the composer Steve Reich’s re-working of two songs by Radiohead.