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Today is January 27, 2013. Speaking with me today by telephone is Jesse Kurn. By day, Jesse is a music therapist, but Jesse is also a musician himself. Jesse plays the violin and other instruments for the Boston-area band Corey Road.
You can find out more about Corey Road at their bandcamp page: coreyroad.bandcamp.com.
From the 1/15/2012 episode of Radio Free New England: Martin Luther King’s boyhood and its impact on his life and ours.
On January 21st, 1738, Ethan Allen, Revolutionary patriot and Vermont statesman, was born in Litchfield, CT. He moved onto a land grant in what would become Burlington, VT in the 1760s and began a long fight for his adopted homeland with the Green Mountain Boys.
Aside from participating in important battles, Allen was an influential writer and statesman in Vermont. In honor of Ethan’s 275th birthday, Dan O’Neill, Director of the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington Vermont joins us today to talk about his work at the homestead, and Ethan Allen’s legacy.
In today’s podcast, we discuss what it means to be a New Englander with Joseph Conforti, Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Maine. We talk about the region’s history and what it means to be a New Englander in the 21st century.
Shawn, Dean and Chris discuss the “Fiscal Cliff” and what needs to be done to set the federal government on the right track.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders renews his call to pass the 2012 Farm Bill, Maine Republicans select a new party chairman, and Connecticut and Rhode Island seek federal help for disaster relief. On this date in 1859, abolitionist John Brown was hanged for organizing the raid on Harper’s Ferry and in 1867, Charles Dickens made his first US appearance at Tremont Temple in Boston.
In this edition:
Chris and Dean talk about the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Good to Great by Jim Collins. Dean also recommends a book he’s reading now called Tap Dancing to Work by Carol Loomis a biography about Warren Buffett.
Drop us an audio comment or a comment down below to let us know what you think of this new segment! We’ll be back next week talking about what should be done about the fiscal cliff. Drop us a line and weigh in!
It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving, and we didn’t wake up from our turkey-induced nap in time to interview a guest this week, but our interview segment returns on December 2nd. In it’s place, we discuss the holiday rush in this week’s commentary.
Radio Free New England wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. As America reflects on what it is thankful for this year, we present links to the Thanksgiving Day Proclamations issued by our New England Governors with highlights of particularly meaningful quotes:
“No doubt, the world would be a better, safer, and gentler place if everyone spent more time focused on what binds us together as human beings, as opposed to what separates us as people.”
“The care and compassion in each of us – shared with others especially this time of year – will make the most difference in people’s lives. We are all in this together.
“In that spirit, I want to recognize that many of our own neighbors to the south are spending Thanksgiving away from homes and towns that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. And our thanks go to those – including the many Mainers – assisting with the recovery and rebuilding efforts.”
“Let us focus not on what divides us, but what unites us; let us work toward a more civil public discourse, with a tone of tolerance and respect; let us seek a more peaceful world built upon common bonds, common interests, and common kindness.”
“WHEREAS, in times of adversity and times of plenty, we have lifted our hearts by giving humble thanks for the blessings we have received and for those who bring meaning to our lives…”
The North American continent has come a long way since 1621, when Pilgrims and Native Americans held the first Thanksgiving meal. We have been through many triumphs and many tragedies, including some that were self-inflicted, such as the forcible removal of Native Americans from their homelands.
However, our triumphs have been a guiding light and they bring hope for a brighter future, where more people will live in the full freedom of opportunity and safety that all humans deserve. We can be thankful today that we live in an independent country that has evolved into a more inclusive, more caring, more responsive society. It is our duty, today, to safeguard those gains and to preserve them for future generations. We can best begin by reflecting on what we are thankful for in our own lives this day.
Chris and everyone at Radio Free New England