It's the Oct. 25 edition of 'It's Not That Simple' with co-hosts Ed Abrahams (Great Barrington Select Board member) and Pedro Pachano (Great Barrington Planning Board member). You get to listen to the program before it airs this Friday morning at 9:05. Audio provided below.

Ed and Pedro examine issues facing Great Barrington and explore the question, “why don’t they just fix it?” They discuss the complexities, the competing interests, the less obvious costs or consequences, and the missing information that explains why It’s Not That Simple. They do their best to steer clear of opinion and to just point out the issues that make the problems more complex than they might appear.

Although both men serve on elected town boards, they are not speaking for those boards or for the town in any capacity. They are only representing themselves on the radio. The program airs every other Friday morning at 9:05 on WSBS. The talk show covers town issues that one may think may be corrected by a common sense solution but isn't always the case for a variety of reasons.

On this edition of the program Ed and Pedro talk about downtown shopping. They hear often from folks that downtown shopping is too expensive, too crowded, too many empty storefronts, nothing for locals, no place to park etc. The co-hosts invited Eric Bruun, owner of SoCo Creamery along with Brooke Redpath, owner of Matrushka Toys & Gifts on the program. Both guests run these business downtown and both businesses are successful. Ed and Pedro get their guests' take on the downtown shopping topic.

Read the companion piece at the Berkshire Edge's website by going here.

You can listen to the pre-recorded program below (the audio has been divided into two segments).

Article Image (from left to right): Pedro Pachano, Program Producer:Jackie Kain, Eric Bruun, Brooke Redpath, Ed Abrahams