Humans of Northampton

Students turn lens on MA opiod crisis

A group of high school students from Northampton went to the streets of their hometown to find out about the opioid epidemic in the region. Members of Northampton High School’s Teen Advocacy Group, these students created a display of interviews and photographs to raise awareness.

Green River Festival 2015

For nearly three decades, Pioneer Valley music lovers have met on the grounds of Greenfield Community College for what many consider to be Western Massachusetts’ […]

Wilco Celebrates 20 Years

Since 2010, Wilco has hosted Solid Sound at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. This summer, the band celebrated 20 years of making music together […]

Summer Sounds at UMass: Jazz in July

For over 30 years, jazz educators from UMass’ illustrious music program have teamed up with musicians from around the country to provide an intensive week long crash course in jazz performance. “Jazz in July” gives students a chance to play in a variety of styles, both in the classroom and on stage.

On The Deerfield River

Running from Southern Vermont down to the Connecticut River in Greenfield, MA, the Deerfield River is both a center of whitewater recreation and a major source of hydroelectric power in the Western New England region. AudioFIles intern Jake Hochberger brings us to the town of Charlemont to hear…

Strange Noir Fest 2015 at Flywheel Arts

The Pioneer Valley is home to a thriving music scene, including many artists of color who want to make their voices heard. The Strange Noir Festival, held recently at the Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, celebrated these performers. The event also served as a benefit for a Strange Noir summer tour…

UMass Voices: Finals Week for Students of Color

During finals week at UMass Amherst, Lucy Martirosyan set out to interview a teacher as well as a classmate about dealing with the stress of the closing school year. After speaking with her former World Literature professor, Neelofer Qadir, the conversation turned…

Trouble with Natural Hair: A Mt. Holyoke Story

In recent years, more and more women with Afro-textured hair have begun embracing styles which maintain the natural texture of their hair, a process frequently […]