Audio by year 2007

Living on a Dime

Deep in debt. Bankruptcy looms. Can a family survive? Check this out, Tawra Kellam was in that kind of mess. Listen to how she dug herself and her family out.

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Cell Phone Brain Rot

Cell phones destroying brains? Wi-Fi creating cancer? Dr. George Carlo, telecommunication analyst, was hired by them to prove how safe the ubiquitous cell is. So how come he's on other other side now? Listen in and find out what's happening, and if there is anything you can do. The book is Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards.

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Bio-Fuel Fill-Up

Gas prices are climbing, again. Maybe it is time to look at alternatives. The Frugal Yankees think so. There is a growing movement to use various new fuels, including brewing diesel fuel in your garage. Is this the future?

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Auction 101-Bidding

Basic bidding, antique investing, furniture deals, and finding scores are explained by Skinner Auction's Stuart Whitehurst. If you ever thought about bidding at an auction, listen to this.

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The Frugal Yankee: Exit Strategies

David Jacobson's Get Me Out of Here!: Exit Strategies for All Occasions has excuses, tips and tricks to get out of any social predicament. The Frugal Yankees interview him and join in the fun.

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Truth About Ticket Scalping

Ticket scalping is legal and illegal; it's fair & unfair. Why it has become a hot button issue? Wellesley College Professor Karl Case weighs in with his studies and thoughts.

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The Zen of Fish

Sushi, raw fish, seaweed - from samurai to the supermarket, sushi has had a long strange trip. Author Trevor Corson's new book The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi from Samurai to Supermarket offers a tasty look at America's fascination with this Japanese import. Listen or download.

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Wedding No-Nos

Weddings costs $28k. Invites, limos, cakes, dresses, churches, receptions all add up. You'll need smart and thrifty tips to survive. That's what the Frugal Yankees have. We can't guarantee a happy marriage, but at least we can help you save some money.

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The Frugal Yankee: Bambi Busting

Deer invading your backyard? Adaptive & clever, they're tough to stop. Simple steps to help you from the Frugal Yankee.

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Frugal Yankee: Perchance to Sleep

Sleep habits, sleeping pills, slumber myths and your health are discussed with Dr. Aran Kadar, from the Sleep Lab at Newton Wellesley Hospital.

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Idiot Lights for Idiots

Dashboards are aglow with idiot lights - check engine, brake failure and more. Ace mechanic Andy Polin reveals their secrets - what they really mean and which ones actually need your attention. More smart and thrifty conversation from the Frugal Yankees.

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Overpraised Generation

Today's workforce demands praise. Managers are adapting, but at what price? The Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey Zaslow joins the Frugal Yankees to explore this issue. By the way, you look great. Have you been working out?

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Smart Weight Loss

Smart tips to lose weight. Most diets don't work, but there is hope. The Frugal Yankees talk with Dr. David Dodson from Newton-Wellesley Hospital and he has smart, savvy ways for your to lose weight and keep it off.

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Frugal Yankee: Minor League Baseball

Minor league baseball is thrifty family fun. Worcester Tornadoes' Alan Stone talks about his team, his league and why minor leagues offer something better.

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Precious Automotive Fluids

Your car's transmission, cooling system, and brakes require fluids to work properly. Modern cars are more complex than ever, but you can maintain your vehicle. Andy Polin explains.

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Jodi Smith's Netiquette

Email etiquette, flaming, business communication - the rules have changed. Jodi Smith of Mannersmith.com, offer clarity to the sometimes confused Frugal Yankees. And don't miss Jodi's etiquette guides, "From Clueless to Class Act" Manners for the Modern Man and Manners for the Modern Woman

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Frugal Travel

Traveler? Tourist? Travel is fun, adventurous, educational and mind blowing. Jillian Robinson, author of Change Your Life Through Travel has a gusto driven philosophy that is smart and, as we Frugal Yankees like, thrifty.

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Hot, New BBQ

Ribs, burgers, hot dogs - barbecue. Annie Coops grills BBQ differently - oysters, bread, asparagus and more. Summer is here and the time is right for the new, hot, but cool BBQ.

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Sew, Who Knew

Sewing machines, latest patterns, sewers sharing, classes, tips and techniques all at PatternReview.com. So, who knew sewing was becoming a big thing? Listen as the Frugal Yankees converse with the driving force behind , one of the most successful sewing communities on the web.

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Girls Guide to Absolutely Everything

Money, debt, dating, cooking, sewing, relationships, sex - Melissa Kirsch tackles them all in The Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything. The Frugal Yankee checks in and finds a fun, informative book.

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Sell Your House in 5 Days

No real estate agent, double mortgages, or days on the market. Effros' sales method works of selling houses from the bottom up and can be effective even in a slow market. Listen as he explains How to Sell Your Home in 5 Days to the Frugal Yankees and you.

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UNSCREWED: A Consumer's Guide

Consumers, rip-offs, strategies, value, moneysworth, shoddy merchandise: Unscrewed: The Consumer's Guide to Getting What You Paid for by Ron Burley is an essential tool for the modern consumer. Listen in as the Frugal Yankees fight 'churn' and get their money's worth. DOWNLOAD, LISTEN or BUY THE BOOK

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Rock 'n Roll Fairy Tale

Hot & happening, Rolling Stone called her rock 'n roll's next big thing. Jen Trynin recounts what happened next in a slighty acerbic, but funny look of almost making 'it' in pop culture. Her book is Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be: A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale.

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Psychopaths & Other Lovers

Online dating is dangerous. Felons, bigamists, two-timers, gold-diggers, liars, cheats and more. Stephany Alexander's web site clearinghouse is a must for women, or men, looking for romance on the web.

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Inside Film Festivals

Movies, independent films, filmmakers, directors, producer, actors, film-lovers all coalesce at festivals. They want the exposure and movie-goers love to discover new cinema. So how does a film festival come into being? Acclaimed curator Connie White joins the Frugal Yankee. Action! She has the answers.

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The Frugal Yankee: Itchy & Scratchy

Bug bites, poison ivy, ticks, wasps, bees, and more attack your skin every summer. To combat these festering sores & bubbling wounds, the Frugal Yankees call on dermatologist Dr. Pam Weinfeld to give solid, practical tips on how to deal.

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Jon Katz' DOG DAYS

Border collies, donkeys, sheep, a rat catching cat, a steer named Elvis - these are the characters populate Jon Katz' world at Bedlam Farm. They bring him stories, solace and in an odd way, sanity.

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Inside Cabot Creamery

Vermont dairy farmers, cheddar cheese, buying local means Cabot Creamery Cooperative. New England's own makes some of the best cheese in the world. The Frugal Yankee talks with Roberta MacDonald for an inside scoop.

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Merck(y) Medicine

Drug giant Merck's cervical cancer medicine Gardasil is being aggressively marketed. Young women are the target demographic, but isn't this really way to regain the money lost on Vioxx? Our guest has probing concerns.

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UNPLUGGING YOUR KID

Untether your child from video games and help them discover unplugged, creative play. Bobbi Conner's new book is Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun. Listen as the Frugal Yankees discover the joy of a box.

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Back to School Tips

Back to school - clothes, shoes, it's all expensive. Being frugal and having kids need not be mutually exclusive. Listen in as Tawra Kellam, along with the Frugal Yankees offer tips and ideas on how to save a bundle.

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FY Tips: Summer Smells

Summer smells, stinky trash, stainless steel fridges - tips and help from the Frugal Yankee. Short, sweet, fun and handy.

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Frugal Factoids V.1 No.1

This week: traditional toys go electronic; teenagers incessant talking could mean depression.

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New England Ghosts

Ghosts seeking the light? Spirits haunting buildings? Portals for lost souls? Dr. Susan Shumsky explains why these apparitions abound in New England and what you should do if you meet one.

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LEVIATHAN: Whaling in America

Whaling dominated America's history. Hunting leviathans, from humpbacks to sperms, was bloody, profitable and now romanticized. Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America explains how thousand of ships and tens of thousands of men slaughtered hundreds of thousand whales. LISTEN, DOWNLOAD or BUY THE BOOK

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Baseball in New England

Sorry Cooperstown, baseball began in New England. And great ballparks abound. In Guide to New England Ballparks: From Maine to Fenway to the Cape . . . and Everything in Between Tom Mason tells the Frugal Yankees about the beginning of baseball and some of New England's best parks.

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Myths of Invention

Ideas come from inspiration, right? Not so, says Scott Berkun, author of The Myths of Innovation.. Innovation and invention myths abound. The Frugal Yankees help clear the cob webs.

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Supermarket's Dirty Little Secrets

Be a better, smarter shopper. Supermarkets have dirty little secrets and they cost you money. Manipulation, product placement, sound, smell, and that's only the beginning. Listen to how they do it.

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Kids These Days

This generation is more entitled and they're still tethered to their parents. Do we have a generation of over entitled brats? The Wall St Journal's Jeffrey Zaslow joins the frugal Yankee to grouse about 'kids these days'.

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The Housing Bust

Falling house prices. Stumbles on Wall St.. Scary sub-prime mortgages. Recession? The Boston Herald's Jerry Kronenberg opens the door to the housing bust and why it will affect us all.

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Barter & The Internet

Internet swapping of goods and services is easy. Craig's List, Angie's List and Ebay have reshaped this economic model. How has it changed? Is it legal? Will the Feds try to tax us? Professor Andrew Winston of University of Texas Austin gives us an overview.

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Cape Wind: Money, Class, & Energy

Money, celebrity, class, politics, and green energy. The scandal is there, and this one has some of the most powerful people in the US and it all off Cape Cod. The book is Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound.

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The Museum of Bad Art Film

Indie filmmakers face unusual challenges. Listen in as a documentary director talks about his latest project - a film on the world infamous Museum of Bad Art.

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Not So Pure Puritans

Deceit & double standards, block a woman's struggle for independence in 1760 Cape Cod. THE WIDOW'S WAR is an historical novel writtned by Sally Gunning. Based on fact, it is depiction of what was. The Frugal Yankee takes a close look.

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Sam Adams: The Man, Not The Beer

Sam Adams fought oppression, defended liberty and the laws of men. The father of America's revolution, he shaped a country. Mark Puls new book, Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution explains why he is important and why we don't know enough about him.

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Assault on Children

Marketing to children is damaging. Play is no longer creative, but directed and harmful. Dr. Diane Levin explains how toy manufacturers rake in the bucks at a very high cost to your family and society.

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Frugal AND Stylish

Frugal fashion can be chic and glamorous. Style tips, shopping tricks are just part of this segment. Brenda Starks' inside info makes us all smart shoppers, even the guys.

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Sneaky News

PR firms, TV stations, biased newscasts, fake journalism. The truth isn't told. Video News Releases, VNRs, are broadcast as real journalism. It's against the rules. What's being done? Listen.

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The Real Pepsi Challenge

Pepsi's racial initiatives in the 40s changed the soda wars. Wall St Journal's Stephanie Caparal discusses what they did, why the did it and how Pepsi changed the landscape.

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In the Shadow of the Moon

Rare footage helps Apollo astronauts recount moon landings, rocket lift-offs in this new documentary. Director David Sington has an indepth conversation with the Frugal Yankee.

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Fall Inspection: An Ounce of Prevention

Save money & time by preparing your house for winter. These simple tips & hints will help. A basic primer from the Frugal Yankee will get you started.

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New England's Climate IS Changing

Massive spring floods; severe fall droughts, invading insects, climate change is now and it'll get worse. Mass Audobon's climatologist Chris Leahy tells it straight.

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Frugal Yankee: Tips & Factoids Sept. 16, 2007

Tips & factoids: using ginger, reusing lemons, behavoiral targeting & video downloading. All from the Frugal Yankee where enjoying life and spending less is savvy

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Yellow Jackets & Climate Change

Mass Audobon's Chris Leahy on why nastier yellowjackets and global warming are linked. It doesn't look good.

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Getting Stoned

New England's landmark stonewalls are disappearing. UCONN Geologist Robert Thorson reports what's happening, why it's happened and what can be done.

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Hemlock Death

The adelgid invasion is wiping out hemlock trees. Global warming, invasive species, and diminishing global diversity all play into this tragedy. Can anything be done? Is it too late? The Frugal Yankee wants to know.

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Frugal Fenway

Fenway Park isn't cheap. Super fan/author Tim Shea reveals frugal ways to visit the nation's most beloved baseball park. Great tips for family, fan or tourist alike. His book is Fenway!: The Ultimate Fan's Guide, 2009 Edition

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Pete Seeger Interview

Legendary Pete Seeger promoting his film POWER OF SONG chats with the Frugal Yankee.

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Pandemonium on the Field

1967's Impossible Dream team created the Red Sox nation. Author Bill Nowlin discusses his book The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field

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The Power of Song

Documentary filmmaker Jim Brown discusses THE POWER OF SONG about Pete Seeger and his life.

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Sacco & Vanzetti Re-Executed

Sacco & Vanzetti's execution shocked the world. The crime, the trial & the aftermath are explored in Bruce Watson's new book, Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind.

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FY Report #2

Granite kisses, jacked up prices, DVD battles, pet foods & more are tackled in this week's Frugal Report.

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Phony Non-Profits

"Astroturf" (as in, fake grass.) is a new name for monied interests creating grass roots sounding non-profits. They want to confuse or misdirect issues. Is this legal? How can you tell a real grass roots organization with a well heeled corporate one? The answers are here.

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New England's Autumnal Splendor

Ferenc Mate's A New England Autumn: A Sentimental Journey displays New England's renowned season splendidly. Photographic excellence, tasteful writing selections and an innate sense of the region's glory make for great conversation.The Frugal Yankee chats with the author, a Hungarian refugee living in Tuscany but in love with our homeland.

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A Coach's Letter to His Son

Yankee Magazine's Mel Allen discovered a truth. Coaching baseball has a downside, especially when it came to is son. A personal letter is now a remarkable book. The Frugal Yankees talks it over with the author of A Coach's Letter to His Son.

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The Portable Obituary

Death, obituaries, & autopsies, are they accurate? Nope. How people die & how it is reported are often in conflict. Author Michael Largo gets grave in The Portable Obituary: How the Famous, Rich, and Powerful Really Died, his commentary on dying.

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Straight Talk-Pain Relief

Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen? What pain reliever works best? Are doctors skittish when it comes to pain management? Dr. Paul Satwicz from Newton Wellesley Hospital gives us straight talk about pain relief.

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Suburban Chicks

Suburban chicks? Those scheming gals on Wisteria Lane? Nope. Real egg laying chickens in your suburban neighborhood. Hear how the author of The Farmstead Egg Cookbook farms eggs for her family and has a "hen cam".

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Dangerous Book for Dogs

The Dangerous Book For Dogs is a paw in mouth satire on dogs. Hilarious, fun & spot on. Rex & Sparky couldn't make it, but co-author Joe Garden chews shoes, sniffs where he shouldn't and plays fetch with the Frugal Yankee.

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Frugal Report #6

Lap dancers, a how to buy a running shoe tip, how the rich are getting richer and why your concert ticket is so expensive. Guess what? It's time for the Frugal Yankee Report.

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I Hate Meeses to Pieces

Pests invade homes every fall. Getting rid of mice is smart. What bait works? Do you need to hire a pest control company? What are mice's habits? All of these and more are discussed by the Frugal Yankee because like a certain cartoon cat, we hate meeses to pieces.

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Sharkwater

Sharks, China's thirst for sharkfin soup, underwater cinematography, documentary, ecological disaster. These are the tags for Rob Stewart's compelling documentary on why 90% of sharks have been slaughtered in the past 30 years. Listen or download the podcast. Buy the DVD through Amazon.

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Frugal Report #7

Tips on heating this winter, finding a good checking account, electrical rate scams an more. It's on the Frugal Report for this week.

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Project Laundry List

Solar and wind power are ecologically sound except when it comes to clothes lines. Huh? Communities are banning clean laundry hanging out to dry. Find out why and what can be done.

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Bill Littlefield & Only a Game

Bill Littlefield of NPR's ONLY A GAME discusses his new book, his favorite segments and how it all began. Smart, erudite and frugal conversation with the Frugal Yankee. The book is Only a Game

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Yankee Magazine's Holiday Issue

A sneak peek at Yankee Magazine's holiday issue with Heather Atwell. Recipes, great day trips, the quintessential New England periodical.

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Frugal Report 8

Consumer goods heading higher, veggie goodness going down & more in this weekly report from the Frugal Yankee.

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Malcious Practices

Once benign, now malicious. Malware & other computer viruses rip us all off. The Frugal Yankee celebrates the 25th birthday of the first virus with an expert who explains the past and guides us to the future.

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Sure Beats Working

Entrepreneurs struggle with going it alone. Michael Katz' new book takes a humorous and instructive look on how it is done. The title, It Sure Beats Working: 29 Quirky Stories and Practical Business Lessons for The First-Time, Mid-Life, Solo Professional says it all. You can download of the first four chapters. It's free!

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The Traveling Shakespeares

A young theater troupe takes Shakespeare on the road. Married actors limn their acting, their passion and their business.

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Find Your Voice

Pro? Semi-pro? Enthusiast? Singing is fun. Discover the many places you can satisfy your desire in Boston. Miguel Felipe explains how easy it is. He's Music Director of the Boston Choral Ensemble.

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Rhode Island Hideaway

South County, Rhode Island is a celebration of small town life in the smallest state. The Frugal Yankee's guest is one of the locals who offers a unique perspective on that particular place. The book is Simply South County.

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Blueprint: New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are the NFL's best team. From fumblers to champions in five years! Sportswriter Christopher Price details this amazing corporate culture in The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower. Listen in.

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Gift Card Truth

Retailers love Gift Cards, but shoppers beware. Hidden fees, termination dates and more put us at risk. The Frugal Yankee takes a hard look. Are Gift Cards for you?

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The Maine Difference

Maine Food & Lifestyle celebrates New England's largest state. Recipes, ideas and culture in the new magazine. The Frugal Yankee chats with publisher Merrill Williams.

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Raising A Reader

Reading is vital, but with video games and more distractions, children's education gets minimized. How can a parent help their child? Listen as the Frugal Yankee gets the answers from children's book author Matthew Gollub.

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Film Director Jason Reitman on "Juno"

Jason Reitman's acclaimed comedy JUNO will get Oscar consideration. Listen as he discusses the film, his influences, his actors and humor.

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Naked In Airports

A TSA checker's inside tips makes airport check-ins a smooth flight. And this is good because, as we all know now, air travel sucks, and that's on a good day. Natalia Ippolito's book is I Might As Well Be Naked: How to Survive Airport Screening With Your Clothes On

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Toys: Naughty or Nice?

Toys foster development - problem solving, interaction and more, but today toys are marketing commodities helping company profits while hurting our children. What toys are good for your kids and which ones are bad? Listen. And get a free toy action guide here.

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Air Travel & Stuffing Face

Holiday over eating & air travel tips. How to avoid one and take advantage of the other, from the Frugal Yankee. Frugal Report #11

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Holiday Tip Breakdown

Grinch? Santa? Year end tipping is confusing. How much? To whom? Jodi Smith from Mannersmith.com explains it all to the Frugal Yankee, and you

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Rep. Frank on the Mortgage Mess

What can be done to resolve the sub prime mortgage mess? Rep. Barney Frank fills us in and offers his views.

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A Vineyard in Tuscany

Ferenc Maté's humorous book on rebuilding a 13th-century friary and growing award winning wine.

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Legendary Bill Morrissey

Sadly, legendary singer/songwriter Bill Morrissey, has died. Here is an interview we had with him when his album Come Running was released. Witty, literate and soulful, he talks about his music, his album and three decades of being an artist in New England.
We had history with Bill. Vaya con Dios old friend.

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