American Civil Liberties Union Atty. Bill Newman

American Civil Liberties Union Attorney Bill Newman of Northampton discusses his book about the Vietnam War era, “When the War Came Home,” as well as recent shootings involving white police officers and black men and the need for improved Police-Community Relations in this region and across the country.



Prof. Mike Hannahan, Director of Civic Initiative at the UMass Donahue Institute, and Amherst High School Social Studies teacher Samantha Camera discuss their recent trip to Pakistan as part of the Institute’s Pakistani Young Leaders program.


On the Road in the Hilltowns: Chester Railway Museum

When constructed in 1841, the Western Railroad was the largest and most difficult railroad project ever attempted. When it was completed it was the highest (1458 ft.) and longest (150 miles) ever built. It’s steep and imposing grade over the hills of western MA begins in the town of Chester. This meant added support for the railroad was stationed in that town making Chester a railroad town. 150 families had someone who worked for the railroad. Dave Pierce is President of the Chester Foundation who now oversees the Chester Railway Station & Museum. He talked with Jim Madigan at the Museum and shared more about this piece of American history.

Chester Railway Station