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Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 10:00pm

Framingham Downtown Renaissance is a public/private partnership organized to facilitate the development of Downtown Framingham as a vibrant commercial and residential/mixed-use activity center. The objectives of this charitable, non-profit organization are to encourage investment, generate jobs and income and improve the quality of life at a location that is highly visible and critically important to the MetroWest region. FDR is about to apply to be recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® as a designated Main Street® Program. This will serve as the model for future business and cultural growth in the Framingham Revitalization District.

A $30,000 federal Community Development Block Grant has been approved by the Framingham Board of Selectmen and the Framingham Town Meeting. This grant provides seed money to begin to understand the expanded revitalization district, which covers 1.5 square miles and is home to more than 18,000 residents, more than 500 businesses and numerous cultural and civic locations as well as places of worship.

Although Downtown Framingham is experiencing many successes, the area still faces the same trends as many traditional downtowns:

  • The movement of national retailing to malls and commercials strips.
  • The decline of traditional manufacturing employment.
  • Disinvestment followed by renewed vitality with the arrival of entrepreneurial immigrants.

In response, FDR members began a strategic planning process to transform Downtown Framingham into the vibrant business center many believe it can and should be. The FDR Strategic Plan, adopted in 2008, focuses on these specific, measurable goals:

  • Increase or improve 100,000 square feet of commercial and cultural space in Downtown Framingham.
  • Increase housing units by 250.
  • Attract $50 million in capital injection for Downtown Framingham.
  • Support town efforts on public infrastructure.
  • Sustain FDR as a viable 501(c)(3) organization.

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Elsa Hornfischer, a member of the Board of Directors for Framingham Downtown Renaissance; and Mary Winstanley, co-owner of Limey’s Pub in Downtown Framingham.

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 9:00pm

Has psychiatry lost its way? DR. DANIEL CARLAT, on the faculty of the Tufts Medical School, believes psychiatry has become too much about prescribing meds and less about sitting and carefully listening to the patient. Many doctors are over prescribing drugs and giving to patients who might be better off merely discussing their problems. Furthermore, the drug companies have far too much influence on which drugs doctors give to their patients. Tune in tonight for an honest assessment of the current state of psychiatry from a doctor in the field. Dr. Carlat’s revealing book is titled UNHINGED: THE TROUBLE WITH PSYCHIATRY-A DOCTOR’S REVELATIONS ABOUT A PROFESSION IN CRISIS.

Armed ONLY with a letter of introduction by Norman Mailer, JAMES WOLCOTT left college and headed for what he hoped would be a brilliant career as a critic in New York City in the early 1970s. As luck would have it, he managed to land an entry position at the Village Voice. Thus began a whirlwind decade for Wolcott as he was introduced into the heady world of the legendary writers who worked in the city during what he calls “the Feudal Age of film criticism”. He becomes one of Pauline Kael’s posse and a regular at CBGB’s and there witnesses the first performances of the likes of Patti Smith and the Ramones. And that’s only the beginning of his story. Today, James Wolcott is long-time columnist and blogger for Vanity Fair, and a well-known critic and fiction writer. Tune in tonight for PART 0NE of our conversation with James Wolcott who talks about his salad days as recounted in his just published fabulous memoir LUCKING OUT: MY LIFE GETTING DOWN AND SEMI-DIRTY IN SEVENTIES NEW YORK.

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 6:00pm

The guitarist stepped off nightly TV, released the album Zen Food, and toured throughout the year in 2011. They loved him at the Amphitheatre stage in Detroit. Ross Davis wrote in JazzTimes that Eubanks "featured his own fine lines and plenty of room for his band mates to shine, most especially saxophonist Bill Pierce."

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join Nick Noble as he kicks off Women's History month on The Folk Revival! Nick will be spinning the likes of Odetta, Barbara Dane, Carolyn Hester, Jean Ritchie, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Peg Espinola, Joni Mitchell, Sylvia Fricker Tyson, the Harmony Sisters, Mimi Farina, Ari Charbonneau, Suzie Brown, Laura Austin, the Dixie Chicks, Angel Band, Halali, Sometymes Why, Beth DeSombre, Lori Diamond, Janet Feld, Kim Jennings, Jane Fallon, Dar Williams, Mary Casiello, Raianne Richards, and an abundance of others! SPECIAL GUESTS: local singer-songwriters Kim Jennings, Susan Cattaneo, and Ari Charbonneau! It all starts Thursday at 7PM!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

Virtuoso pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara began her classical studies at age 6. Today she is an in-demand jazz pianist able to play stride at blinding speed with deadly accuracy. More than a novelty, she is also a thoughtful, impressionistic composer. Hiromi’s mega chops are on display in this week’s session with host Jon Weber.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:30am

For hundreds of years, there have been conspiracy theories that have suggested that a small group of powerful men in secret societies have run the governments of the world for their own benefits. Most of these conspiracy theories are grandiose, unwieldy and unfalsifiable. Many of these theories demonize other social or religious groups like Jews or Catholics. Tonight on Inquiry we talk wth writer and researcher ARTHUR GOLDWAG about his latest book THE NEW HATE: A HISTORY OF FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE POPULIST RIGHT. His book delineates the historical precedents for modern groups like “the birthers”. We also talk about the nefarious Protocols and the Elders of Zion, that infamous anti-Semitic tract that has influenced paranoid conspiracists like Hitler and Henry Ford for over a hundred years.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

Producer Allen Sviridoff was Rosemary Clooney’s longtime manager and kept his Clooney connection going producing the soundtrack of “Good Night and Good Luck” for Rosemary’s nephew George. Allen’s present activities include managing Rachael MacFarlane, who voices the character Haley on American Dad, and producing her debut CD.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 11:30am

On July 11, 1897, three brave men took off in a balloon in attempt to fly-over the North Pole. The real fate of this expedition would not be discovered for over thirty years. They were only the latest in a line of explorers who risked their lives in the brutal and unforgiving cold of the Arctic. Why did they do it? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with writer and biographer ALEC WILKINSON about his thrilling new history THE ICE BALLOON: S. A. ANDRÉE and the HEROIC AGE OF ARCTIC EXPLORATION.

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates all these great soul artists born in Februray. You'll hear Smokey Robinson, Rick James, King Curtis, Barbara Acklin and many others. It all starts at 7pm!!

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 6:00pm

The West Indies meet West Harlem when Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express make a stop at the House of Swing. Alexander brings his disparate worlds and singular voice to explore the new 'Calypso bebop' - called "mento". He's joined by drummer Herlin Riley and bassist Hassan Shukar.

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