On May Day (5/1/2020), an oral-history docudrama will be released as an inaugural season of a new podcast called En Masse. Season 1 "Bedrock" investigates various experiences of class and capitalism from the WPA-era to the present in the long-time “Granite Center of the World,” Barre, Vermont. Listen starting May 1st. Available wherever you get your podcasts.
Music Credit for trailer: Ambient Piece #1 (12-25-2016) by Abishai: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Abishai/Various_Extras/03_Ambient_Piece_1_12-25-2016
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SEASON ONE: BEDROCK
Barre, VT was once called the “Granite Center of the World." Quarries wide and deep gave rise to an industry that promised to bear the task of immortality. Granite of exquisite quality augured not only exceptional monuments and memorials but exceptional lives for generations to come -- free from the privations of the old country -- or so it was thought.
There are hundreds of years worth of granite left in Barre’s quarries, but now they only employ a few people. Today, some refer to the town as “Scary Barre” -- its history as a center of industry and radical labor politics overshadowed by its sinking economy and struggles with poverty.
Using performances of oral histories, we will witness how work has changed through economic crises, how those changes are still unfolding, and how they have affected us all.
CREATIVE PARTNERS FOR SEASON 1, BEDROCK
Andrew Sullivan for editorial advice. Dylan Kelley, editor of the Herald of Randolph, for production support. WGDR, Goddard College Community Radio, for use of their production studio. Special thanks to our storytellers and narrators.