The 495 is a community and culture podcast centered on the Merrimack Valley. Every week starting in January 2020, The 495 podcast brings you whatever is best about our region. That means leaders, writers, teachers, thinkers, artists and doers.
Episode 52 - With Matthew Thorne from the Merrimack River Watershed Council and Dr. Lien-Thu Dao of Haverhill Family Eye Care
Merrimack fans take note! This week on The 495, we discuss the state of our favorite river with Matthew Thorne from the Merrimack River Watershed Council. Then, we’re joined by Dr. Lien-Thu Dao of Haverhill Family Eye Care. Join us live on The 495!
Episode 51 - With Alaina and Doug Brackett of the Purple Carrot Bread Company
Local restaurants have taken a huge hit. The host of The 495, Doug Sparks is joined by Purple Carrot Bread Co. owners Alaina and Doug Brackett to find out what their Lowell bakery is doing to survive in the age of COVID.
Episode 50 - With Racheal and the team at Red Antler Apothecary in Lowell
The 495 is back! Host Doug Sparks opens 2021 talking with Rachel and the teams from Red Antler Apothecary in Lowell. See how this Valley business is adapting and aiding in the Covid crisis and hear tales of pine tar soap and beaver skulls.
Episode 49 - With noted Cambodian American poet, painter and humanitarian, Chath Piersath
On this edition of The 495, your host Doug Sparks talks with noted Cambodian American poet, painter and humanitarian, Chath Piersath.
Episode 48 - With Scott Plath of Cobblestones of Lowell and Moonstones of Chelmsford
Host Doug Sparks talks with Scott Plath of Cobblestones of Lowell and Moonstones of Chelmsford about the state of the restaurant industry in Massachusetts as we approach the Covid Holidays
Episode 47 - With Lane Glenn, the President of Northern Essex Community College
Host Doug Sparks catches up with Lane Glenn, who is both the President of Northern Essex Community College and an all-around fascinating guy.