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Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ray Pfau, a member of Bolton Local and organizer of the Bolton Repair Café; and, Bob Johnson, a Bolton Repair Café volunteer. They talk about reducing waste while building community. This episode aired originally on March 22, 2015.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for Rotary District 7910, which contains the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, which in turn sponsors the Bolton Repair Café.

The Repair Café was initiated by Martine Postma. Since 2007, she has been striving for sustainability on the local level in many ways. She organized the very first Repair Café in 2009 in Amsterdam. It was a great success.

This prompted Martine to start the Repair Café Foundation. In 2010, this Dutch non-profit organization was officially set up. Since 2011, the foundation has provided professional support to local groups in the Netherlands and other countries wishing to start their own Repair Café.

At Repair Cafés, everything centers on making repairs. By promoting repairs, Repair Cafés want to help reduce mountains of waste. Repair Cafés are also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way, to help people save money, and to help people discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home.

In Central Massachusetts, Bolton Local runs the Bolton Repair Café, which is supported by the Repair Café Foundation. Bolton Local is a grassroots group of people whose mission is “to build a strong, self-reliant community made up of people committed to living sustainably on the planet, in a way that inspires, builds friendships, and offers a hopeful vision for the future.”

Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 10:30pm

Recently the FDA issued a final decision that gives the food industry three years to phase out partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fat, which are still used in a wide variety of products from microwave popcorn to cake frosting.

Most snacks, frozen foods and baked goods have already moved away from using partially hydrogenated oils.  Palm oil, fully hydrogenated oils and other modified oils have slowly taken hold in many processed foods that used to contain trans fat, but many companies still make products with partially hydrogenated oils, including General Mills, Nestlé and ConAgra.

How will this move effect consumers?  For those who keep kosher, margarines and other types of trans fats are staples, used in place of butter, especially in baked goods.  What does this ban mean for the kosher product industry?

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Beth Warren a New York based registered dietitian and nutritionist for the inside scoop.

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

David Murray is known as one of New York's most monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific artists — a tenor saxophonist who has played and written for just about every imaginable context.  Hear highlights from three (3!) different David Murray concerts.  Featuring Geri Allen and spoken word from Saul Williams.

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

Born on the 4th of July, Bill Withers was born in the small town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. His songs "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" are two of the most well known pop songs ever recorded. But that just scratches the surface. Bill has recorded some of the most heartfelt soul music ever. And, this year he was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his 77th birthday. It all starts at 7pm!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Bassist (played with Sinatra and Madonna) and Broadway musical coordinator, John Miller, discusses his first feature CD under his own name featuring his favorite Broadway tunes.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

Sublime indeed.

4 time Grammy Award Winning cellist, Eugene Friesen was my guest for this episode of DreamFarm Radio along with pianist Tim Ray and trumpet player Greg Hopkins.

As if it weren't enought to swim in the vibrations of Eugene's pulchritudinous cello playing, I was treated to their jazz chamber music trio, Tre Corda. "Tre Corda" refers to classical piano notation, and is an instruction to the pianist to the release of the soft pedal which allow all three piano strings vibrate freely. This trio's members are free to explore their own creative paths and fully resonate as individual musicians in free and yet collaborative expression. That's "Tre Corda!"

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

For four hours, we’ll listen to tracks from the classic folk groups of the 50s and 60s (Kingston Trio, Weavers, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Highwaymen, Limeliters, New Christy Minstrels, etc.) alternating with recordings from contemporary folk ensembles (Angel Band, Nickel Creek, Schooner Fare, Jolly Beggars, Grade A Fancy, Red Molly, Mudhook, Great Bay Sailor, etc.). We’ll also hear from today’s versions of old-time groups like the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, and more. Kick back and enjoy!

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 9:00pm

In recent years there have been a number of reports on television news programs of new wild teen sex practices. These lurid reports have focused on “rainbow parties” and “shag bands”. Oprah even covered these stories. These out of control sexual escapades by young teenagers were described in the news as very real and “widespread”. The only problem was that the stories were fictional, modern urban legends. Why did this happen and what do these stories tell us about how we think about technology, teens and sex? Tune in tonight when Inquiry speaks with KATHLEEN A . BOGLE, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at La Salle University. Together with Joel Best, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, they have written a fascinating sociological study about KIDS GONE WILD: FROM RAINBOW PARTIES TO SEXTING, UNDERSTANDING THE HYPE OVER TEEN SEX.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back MOLLY GUPTILL MANNING, writer and staff attorney in the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit, New York. Tonight we discuss one of the weirdest and wildest literary hoaxes. Former lawyer Arthur Train left the legal profession to become a writer and created one of the most memorable characters in American fiction: Ephraim Tutt, classic New England lawyer and champion of justice over the letter of the law. This wholly fictional character became a beloved icon of the spirit of America and his stories were thoroughly enjoyed by many.  Then Tutt wrote his autobiography and what happened next is the subject of Molly Guptill Manning’s wonderful book THE MYTH OF EPHRAIM TUTT: ARTHUR TRAFrom IN AND HIS GREAT LITERARY HOAX.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Trave Harmon, founder and CEO of Triton Technologies

Based in Worcester, Triton Technologies is a managed-IT service provider. It was founded years ago on the premise that businesses are looking for a different type of technology company.

Triton’s founding belief is that when a business makes the right technological decisions, it can be allowed to grow, prosper and develop into a profitable company without the hindrances of previous types of technology and implementations. From the person just starting in their home to a company with more than 5,000 employees, Triton tailors its approach and their needs, to deliver the best solution to their problem.

Since Triton Technologies is not aligned with any particular brand, manufacturer or developer, it can offer a broad range of solutions to fit its clients’ needs. PCs, Macs, Linux, Unix, iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, and more can be used either independently or together, which allows Triton to give its clients overall solutions that best suits their needs.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 10:30pm

One Man Against the World  the new book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tim Weiner paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and congress, but the American population at large. In riveting, tick-tock prose, Weiner illuminates how the Vietnam War and the Watergate controversy that brought about Nixon's demise were inextricably linked. From the hail of garbage and curses that awaited Nixon upon his arrival at the White House, when he became the president of a nation as deeply divided as it had been since the end of the Civil War, to the unprecedented action Nixon took against American citizens, who he considered as traitorous as the army of North Vietnam, to the infamous break-in and the tapes that bear remarkable record of the most intimate and damning conversations between the president and his confidantes, Weiner narrates the history of Nixon's anguished presidency in fascinating and fresh detail. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Tim Weiner to discuss his latest book.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

Once again during the MLB All-Star Break, host Nick Noble will be joined by special guest co-host Howie Newman, to bring listeners four hours of songs relating to our National Pastime. We’ll hear from Chuck Brodsky, John McCutcheon, the late Steve Goodman, Mabel Scott, John Fogerty, Howie himself, and many more. Even Abbott & Costello might make it on to the playlist. Batter up!

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 12:00pm

Six-time GRAMMY® nominated jazz vocalist and Cambridge, MA native Nnenna Freelon talks with Bonnie Johnson about her latest projects and live performance happening at the 2nd Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 26, 2015. 

 

Photo by Chris Charles Creative Silence

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

On the eve of this year’s Newport Folk Festival, four hours of music from Newport Folk Festivals past. Pete Seeger, Bob Gibson, and Joan Baez are just some of the artists we’ll hear. Dylan will even go electric one more time! 
[this is a pre-recorded Evergreen show]

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

Playing tracks from some of the most talented women in the region: Raianne Richards, Amy Alvey, Ari Charbonneau, Sandy Haddon, Mary Casiello, just to name a few. Also, live in the studio will be special guests Laura Siersema, Sarah Huber, and Kat Kennedy. Plenty of great music from modern women of folk here in New England.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

A combination of old favorites and tracks from CDs recently arrived at the station (over the past several weeks). The Halifax Three, Cadence Carroll, Dar Williams, Ian & Sylvia, Michael Gutierrez-May, Blackstone Cuil, and the Massachusetts Walking Tour singers will just be some of the many artists featured.

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