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91 minutes | 3 days ago
Episode 35 Working with Soul Erin Kiewel
Our discussion with Erin Kiewel was spirited the way my conversations with her have always been. She gets right to the point and our current climate both locally and abroad offered us no shortage of issues to talk about. She is outwardly soulfull in everything she says and does, which is why we are drawn to talking with her. She makes a very good point: Should we choose to continue with an economy that has largely cast off a large portion of our citzens? What then? With that economy comes great waste of not only talent but of treasure. Her work in both textiles and in silversmithing draws forth a key question: Could a return to craft such as she practices re-wire our minds to think about our existance in a wholistic and more compassionate manner? You'll find more from Eric on her instagram feed. Erin holds dual degrees from MassArt Boston where she double majored in metalworking and textiles. Her work is carrying on a silversmithing tradition that goes back generations in her hometown of Gardner, MA. Erin's Book recommendation: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimerer Erin worked for AmeriCorp, biked across the Unites States and worked in Big Bend Nat'l Park. Our party was crashed by M the Media Project's newest member Bret Herholz, the ringleader for the Mental Suppository podcast. What a discussion we all had. It is a must listen. Mental Suppository FaceBook
89 minutes | 10 days ago
Episode 34: The Band Western Education
Our season II Opener: We talk Modern Music Industry and craftsmanship; how do we measure success in the modern era with the band ‘Western Education’.
50 minutes | 19 days ago
Episode Rehash: Levi Baruch
For the truly last episode of the Are We Here Yet podcast for the year 2020, we give you a rehash of our June 22nd interview with Levi Baruch.
56 minutes | 25 days ago
Episode 35: Paul Richmond, Pt. 2
For this Christmas-y episode, and the final new episode of the Are We Here Yet podcast, host Scott M. Graves and producer Cameron McLeod finish their conversation with Paul Richmond.
53 minutes | a month ago
Episode 34: Ramona Piretti, Pt. 2
In Part II of our discussion with public educator Ramona Piretti the focus of our conversation shifts to issues of race and class from her perspective both in her community today and vignettes of what it was like to grow up in a small New England town as an Asian American. This and more in Part II.
65 minutes | a month ago
Episode 33: Paul Richmond Part 1
We round out season 1 with Episode #33 where we spoke with 2020 US National Beat Poet Laureate, the pioneer valley’s own Paul Richmond.
72 minutes | a month ago
Episode 32: Brainscapes w/ Beth Barry
Episode #32 'Brainscapes' we spoke with visual artist Beth Barry. Beth grew up in New Bedford, MA and since the early 1980's has been a part of the art scene in New York. Her dual career includes work as a psychotherapist and visual artist.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 31: Ramona Piretti, Pt. 1
We joined long-time friend and host Scott Graves's school mate Ramona Piretti for Episode #31. Ramona teaches innovative literature classes at Conard High School in West Hartford, CT. Her class featuring women's literature is ground-breaking for it's use of women writers who require more recognition in mainstream classrooms, which can be said for the voices of many of her students as well.
67 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 30: Angela & Randal Meraki
Episode #30 'Making Innovation Scott & Cam interview SMG's new partners Angela and Randal Meraki, owners of The Worcshop. Recently this successful industrial makerspace acquired a new complex, helping them to begin their next phase of realizing new live/work and zero waste export vision while becoming the east coast's largest makerspace and business incubator.
77 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 29: Mitch Tyson
Episode #29 we spoke with Mitch Tyson. Mitch has spent a career being curious. Perhaps his biggest contribution has been his capability to bridge the gaps between engineers, technologists, politicians and consumers. Mitch Tyson LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitch-tyson-1b127
73 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 28: Synthesizing Ideas w/ Peter Spellman
We discuss the challenges of our current way of life and how history, spirituality, economics and art come into play. We also talk a healthy dose of the state of the music industry with author, educator and artist Peter Spellman.
65 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode #27: Fall Feature, New Salem Cider
Episode #27 is our fall feature! Nothing makes us prouder than to present farmers and other members of the agribusiness community. Here we interviewed William Grote of New Salem (MA) Cider.
68 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 26: RISKY BUSINESS: ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN INSURANCE
In Episode #26 we talk risk management, insurance services and entrepreneurship…..and touch upon bee-keeping and the history of hemp, too with entrepreneur Doug Guilbert
117 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 17: Elmer Eubanks
On another spiritually liberating and economic developing episode of the "Are We Here Yet?" Podcast, Scott and Cam join their guest Professor of business Elmer Eubanks. Elmer is a Business Professor at Mount Wachusett Community College(MA). He is a leader among the business and education community of the central MA region. He has run for local office in the past, most recently for State House of Representatives. We focus on business, on how we educate people for entering the business and entrepreneurial communities and the state of our region's economy. In our second half we spoke about another important part of Elmer's life, that of his families background coming from an often overlooked part of the Caribbean that was part of early english colonization of this hemisphere. References to New Providence Island: Providence Island, The Other Puritan Colony-Karen Ordahl Kupperman The Island that Disappeared: Tom Feiling The Repeating Island: Antonio Benitez-Rojo
75 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 16: Joshua Michel Stewart
In Episode #16 'Break Every String' We focus on what's important to crafting a meaningful career and life in the arts. Cam and Scott speak with Pioneer Valley writer Joshua Michael Stewart. His groundbreaking book of poetry 'Break Every String' was released to critical acclaim in 2016. He is the managing editor of Hedgerow books https://www.levellerspress.com/hedgerow-books/ and resides and works in Ware, MA. Our conversation touches upon utilizing creativity, why we work as artists, politics, philosophy and more. To order Josh's Book: https://www.levellerspress.com/product/break-every-string/ To read more about Joshua Michael Stewart: https://www.joshuamichaelstewart.com References to Hill Country Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64T6ugyWXAA and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_DOnKJ232M Reference made to our good friend Paul Richmond and Human Error Publishing: https://www.humanerrorpublishing.com and Paul's annual event: https://www.turnersfallsriverculture.org/2019/10/03/10th-annual-great-falls-word-festival/
69 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 25: Kathleen Craigen
In Episode #25 Kathleen Craigen sat with us to talk about the realities of living hungry and homeless in North Central Massachusetts. She explains to us the work that the Coalition is doing not only provides critical need but does so recognizing the dignity of the people they are helping every week. Her organization may be found here: https://www.facebook.com/NCMFaithBasedCommunityCoalition
49 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 24: Will LaRose
In this episode of SMG's Are We Here Yet Podcast, we continue Decision 2020 series with MA State Rep Candidate Will LaRose https://www.willlarose.com A 5th generation resident of Athol, Massachusetts, Will LaRose has consistently embraced a life of service. The son of a local nurse and public school teacher, grandson of two distinguished veterans of the Navy and Marine Corps, and great-grandson of servicemen who fought in World War II, Will LaRose and his family personally understand the meaning of sacrifice and putting others first. Before running for State Representative, LaRose continued this tradition of service, commissioning as an officer in the United States Army in 2014. For over six years, he has served as a leader in units across the country, from the renowned 1-7th Cavalry at Fort Hood, Texas, to the 2-108th Infantry in New York. He currently continues his service as a member of the National Guard. Following the end of his service on active duty, LaRose utilized his Post 9/11 GI Bill to attend Cornell University, where he earned his Masters in Public Administration. Complementing his leadership skills with the practical tools necessary to succeed as a government official, he is fully prepared to tackle the challenges facing the 2nd Franklin District. LaRose also holds a dual bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish from Arcadia University. He is a proud graduate of Athol High School.
71 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 23: Tamar Russell
Covid-19, its health, social and economic repercussions continue to permeate our daily lives. The small business owner has pivoted and pivoted again for many years in this global economy, no more so than the last 7 months. The arts and entertainment industry has been hit particularly hard, some would say catastrophically so by the global health crisis. Tamar Russell, owner of Sitka Creations and Gallery Sitka spoke with us about her solution for her company which includes new offerings for clients. We look at this through the prism of what is different now vs pre-Covid-19 for the arts industries. Is it all bad to worse? Or were there deeper, longer-embedding cultural and ecnomic issues that have played into the demise of so many cultural instituions, small businesses and unique enterprises. We explore why, what’s culturally going on? Is it all economics? What about the money and time paradigm? Without a strong middle class with time and money available, smaller cutlural businesses will contimue to decline. Graphic Design: https://sitkacreations.com Gallery: https://gallerysitka.com Sitka Creations and SMGraves Associates are partnered on a number of media and program development services through SMG’s Business Triage Program. Find out more: smgravesassociates.com.
73 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 22: Eric Robichaud
Get your jazz cigarettes ready as host Scott M. Graves and producer Cameron McLeod chat with Eric Robichaud, CEO of Green Goddess Supply. On this cannabis heavy episode, the dynamic duo talk to Eric about the industry, how he got to where he is, and the risks and issues associates with doing business in this fast-growing, ever-changing industry.
92 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 8: Alec Wade
Today's Guest is Alex Wade, director of Community Development for the Town of Orange, MA. Alex is a proponent of what's generally considered more progressive concepts in civic planning. We talk about density, tax revenue/acre ratios and how post-WWII development patterns became un-sustainable. Many of his community's challenges are shaped by its rural character and by changes to the regional and national economy. https://www.townoforange.org/community-development Orange Innovation Center: https://orange-innovation.com Launchspace Makerspace: http://www.launchspace-orange.com
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