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The Story of Guns and Western Massachusetts

There's an industry in western Massachusetts that provides well paying manufacturing jobs...a LOT of well paying manufacturing jobs...that pretty much flies under the radar.  It's guns.  In the Sunday, April 14 issue of the Boston Globe Magazine, staff reporter Neil Swidey goes inside this booming industry to learn about the mostly positive effects it has has on an area where the middle class has otherwise recently struggled. 

WAMC's Weekend Midday Magazine host Bob Barrett talked to Swidey about his reporting and about how the history of gun manufacturing in western Massachusetts is a long one.

Bob has been a part of the WAMC family since 2001. He currently produces and hosts National Production's The Best Of Our Knowledge. Over the years, Bob has produced The Environment Show and The Health Show for National Productions and hosted weekend mornings on WAMC for a decade. In addition to producing TBOOK, he is currently a reporter and on air host at WUWF Public Radio at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.