Let's Be Reasonable

Let's Be Reasonable is a hyperlocal podcast dedicated to one of the greatest challenges facing the people of the Pioneer Valley. Because let’s face it. Despite the Valley’s reputation as a bastion of enlightenment, it’s not easy being reasonable these days.
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Mar 20, 2018

Has the time finally come to scrap Town Meeting? Should you vote for the proposed charter, endorsing a town council system to replace it? You’ve heard the debates. You’ve argued with friends. You’ve frowned at your neighbors. Now it’s time to get real. Tune in for some next level hemming and hawing as Mandi Jo Hanneke, from Amherst for All, Maria Kopicki, from Not This Charter, together with our bewildered host, try to make sense of the decision that could change Amherst forever!

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Feb 27, 2018

Hampshire 3rd District State Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose explains why he left the democratic party, how nuclear power can save us, and what the anti-charter movement gets wrong.

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Jul 12, 2017

Gazette publisher Mike Rifanburg, editor-in-chief Jeff Good, ex-editor-in-chief of the Amherst Bulletin Nick Grabbe, and nationally recognized expert on community journalism Penny Muse Abernathy discuss the prospects for community journalism -- and the Hampshire Gazette.

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Jun 9, 2017

Microdosing, Buddhism, booze, pharmaceuticals -- what's the best way to stay sane in a small New England town? A panel discussion.

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May 5, 2017

Should Amherst residents pay $12 million to renovate the Jones Library? Supporters and opponents make their case. PLUS: on-site bonus round with Jones Library Director Sharon Sharry.

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Apr 20, 2017

On this episode of Let's Be Reasonable, Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman, UMass Professor of Architecture Max Page, and recent school committee candidate Jennifer Page discuss the defeat of the Wildwood school building proposal, and what it means for the future.

Nov 11, 2016

A veteran political strategist, a black feminist archaeologist, and a rabbi discuss the implications of the Trump ascendency for Amherst and the Valley.

Oct 31, 2016

On this episode of Let's Be Reasonable, Irv Rhodes of B.O.L.D. and Maria Kopicki of S.A.S.S. debate the reasonableness of Amherst's plans to build a new, 750-student elementary school. 

Oct 11, 2016

On this episode of Let's Be Reasonable, architect John Kuhn defends his design of the first new office building to be built in Amherst for 30 years. Plus, how much is fair to expect of an architect, anyway?

Sep 29, 2016

On this episode of Let's Be Reasonable, Vira Douangmany-Cage discusses the recent departure of ARPS superintendent Maria Geryk, and the challenges of building trust on a deeply divided school committee.

Sep 13, 2016

In this episode of Let's Be Reasonable, host Oliver Broudy talks with Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee member Dr. Trevor Baptiste regarding the events surrounding the controversial departure of Maria Geryk from her position as superintendent of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School system.