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Austen Riggs CEO Discusses Centennial Celebration

Two women walk on a paved path in front of a large lawn leading up to a white building framed by trees
Austen Riggs Center
A shot of the Austen Riggs Center from Main Street in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

The Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is marking its centennial this year. Ahead of its September gala, the psychiatric hospital is presenting a series of exhibitions and programs to explore its history. CEO Eric Plakun spoke with WAMC about how the hospital has grown over the past century, the central tenets of its ideology, and the role it’s played in town.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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