OLD NEW ENGLAND
New England is special. Listen, view or read any of the following articles to see why.
THE MAINE DIFFERENCE
New magazine celebrates New England's largest state. Recipes, ideas and culture in the new magazine. The Frugal Yankee chats with publisher Merrill Williams. Listen to the PODCAST
SACCO & VANZETTI RE-EXAMINED
Eighty years ago Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed, for crimes they may not have committed. Author Bruce Watson inSacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind exhumes the passions aroused by the case at a time when the US was swept up by terrorist fears. Sound familiar? Listen to the PODCAST
They're wasps and they are nasty. And guess what, they're getting nastier. Why? Listen to this podcast YELLOW JACKETS & CLIMATE CHANGE to understand what is happening.
MORE NASTY BUGGERS
They're not nasty to humans, but the adelgid is decimating those beautiful hemlock trees. Where did they come from? Is there anything that'll save them? Listen to this podcast THE HEMLOCKS ARE DYING and hear how the folks at Arnold Arboretum are tackling the challenge.
You're walking in the woods checking out New England's famed foliage. Being a sharp eyed Frugal Yankee, you notice the stone walls. What was here before? Here's a clue. There are three types of stone walls - dumped, stacked and laid. The types are pretty self-explanatory, but if you want to find out more, listen to GETTING STONED our conversation with Robert Thorson, a geologist from the University of Connecticut who is the force behind the Stonewall Initiative.
IT'S HAPPENING NOW
In spring, massive spring rains bring destructive floods, in the summer there are droughts so bad rivers dry up, and invading insects are the eating or stinging everything in sight. Guess what? It's happening now. Global warming is here. How bad will it get? How will it reshape our world? Listen as Mass Audubon's Chris Leahy reports in this in-depth PODCAST.
WHALING IN AMERICA
Whaling dominated America's history. Hunting leviathans, from humpbacks to sperms, was bloody, profitable and now romanticized. Author Eric Jay Dolin explains in LEVIATHAN: THE HISTORY OF WHALING IN AMERICAhow thousand of ships & tens of thousands of men slaughtered hundreds of thousand whales. Listen to the PODCAST
It started here and it's still the best place to go whale watching. The Frugal Yankee checks in with the N.E. Aquarium for the latest tips on watching these magnificent animals. Listen to the PODCAST
Rich Dolan, takes a few minutes out of running Harpoon Brewery gets friendly with the Frugal Yankee. So pull up a chair, pop a cold, frosty one and listen to this classic New England of entrepreneurial success. Listen to the PODCAST
NOT SO PURE PURITANS
Despite their reputation as dour bible thumpers, it seems our New England forefathers and foremothers were quite the randy bunch. Listen to author/historian Sally Gunning expose the dirt dug up for her novel THE WIDOW'S WAR. Listen to our PODCAST with Sally.
THE LEGENDARY BILL MORRISSEY
With his sharp New England sensibility and his catchy music, Bill Morrissey epitomizes the singer/songwriter. Check out our DOWNLOAD section to hear a couple of Bill's songs from his latest album. Listen to the PODCAST
Frugal Yankee Larry was tooling around on his motorcycle when he came across this vintage tractor and engine fair in Belchertown MA. If you like vintage machinery, and what Frugal Yankee doesn't, you'll love this video. Check it out!
Remember those warm spring nights when a little mating song was going on in your backyard? Here is a just little bit of audio from those horny toads, as recorded in Frugal Yankee Garen's New Hampshire domicile. Listen to the PODCAST
Annie Copps, food editor for Yankee Magazine, gets all syrupy with the quintessential New England sweetener, maple syrup. Listen to the PODCAST
No, not the old Yankee baseball announcer, but New England's best known magazine editor. Mel Allen knows New England like no one else. He shares some of this knowledge and love in this delightful audio segment. Listen to the PODCAST
New England has a well earned reputation as being THE best place in the country for singer/songwriters. Scott Alarik knows this scene better than anyone. Listen to this insightful and fun interview. After that, pick up the book. It makes a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves music. Listen to the PODCAST
Boston has been accused of being pricey. Guess what? If you look closely and dig a little deeper you can find some amazing deals. This book is step one.
From the first Thanksgiving to the modern one, this tart relative of the grape has a unique place in our region. We put on our waders and chat up Jack Angle from Flax Pond Farms on the joys and woes of being a bog man. Visit Jack's web site at Flax Pond Farms and then head over to our New England Kitchen for some great recipes.
TRADITION THREATENED LOBSTER COAST
SAM ADAMS, THE MAN, NOT THE BEER
Sam Adams defended liberty, fought oppression and much more, but his legacy has been lost. Why? He is legitimately the father of America. Mark Puls new book, Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolutionexplores his life and how he shaped this country.
A real maple syrup farmer explains the business and complains that global warming is a threat to New England's maple syrup industry.
Maine has always been an unusual place, and now there's proof with Colin Woodard's historical look at what makes Maine, well, so Maine. The book is entitled LOBSTER COAST: REBELS, RUSTICATORS, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR A FORGOTTEN FRONTIER. It's a trip to another time and place. Here's our conversation with COLIN.
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