Saturday, September 3, 2016

First Saturday Podcast #6 Songbird Sings with Robin Lane

From Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills to Boston, and now to Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, Robin Lane has made a life in music, singing with Neil Young on the song "Round and Round (It Won't be Long)" on the album "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere," then during the New Wave era of the late 70s and early 80s coming out of Boston with Robin Lane and the Chartbusters to help inagurate the first day of programming as the 11th song ever broadcast on MTV.

Now some 30 years later, Robin Lane continues her life in music as founder and director of a non-profit organization supporting women, youth and veterans in using the therapeutic power of music and self expression to heal from trauma--Songbird Sings. On today’s program, a conversation Robin Lane.

To listen to the program on Soundcloud. You can click the link below:

For more information about how you can be a part of Songbird Sings, donate, or learn more about it’s work, go to
. or its Facebook page:

For my featured song, "Children of the World" (and others) go to:

Saturday, August 6, 2016

First Satuday Podcast #5 Hot Yoga

On today’s program we look at the phenomenon of yoga, hot yoga in particular, and the Fire and Water hot yoga studio in Amherst, Massachusetts.  We talk to its founder,  Tea Musketaquid—a yoga teacher with a generous vision for community yoga studio could be, who has not only envisioned, but brought into being largely with his own labor, a beautiful studio featuring a 800 square foot practice room with mahogany flooring, and individual changing room/showers, and a juice bar in front with outdoor tables for special events.

His own varied background includes extensive study of farming (he studied integrated pest management at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture), martial arts, and national championship level motorcycle racing. But it was the aftermath of a severe automobile accident that he began the search that brought him to yoga.

In our discussion we begin with the question, of why yoga, and why hot yoga and he speaks of how his overcoming of severe health crisis challenged him to embark on his own successful path of recovery of health and the development of clarity and balance which he is excited to share through his work.

Listen to the interview at:

Fire and Water Yoga studio
39 Boltwood Walk in Amherst Massachusetts.
You can learn more about them by going to their website

And see images of the studio and more on the Fire and Water Yoga Facebook page.

Newspaper article from Hampshire Gazette

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Program #4 Seeds of Solidarity With Deb Habib

Dear First Saturday Listeners,

Today's interview is an inspiring one, with Deb Habib, who with her partner Ricky Baruc is a co-founder and co-director of the Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center in Orange, MA.

They met  in 1984 while working at the New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod MA, a small international organization whose purpose was to “design human-scale, low polluting alternatives to super technology and to design and test intensive food growing methods.” Putting these ideas into practice, they decided to try to live by the ideal sand values of local sustainability as they moved to Orange, MA in 1996, an economically challenged former-manufacturing center where they were able to establish a farm on 30 acres of land and be contributing members of a rural community.

Over the last 20 years, they have maintained and grown their farm and simultaneously developed and offered educational programs for area schools and developed a flagship mentoring farming and sustainability program designed to meet the needs of local high school aged students. 

For more about the ongoing programs of Seeds of Solidarity, including the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, visit their website:

For links to workshops Deb and Ricky are giving this summer at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY
see below:

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Monday, March 7, 2016

First Saturday Podcast #3 (March 2016) "Education"

In this episode, Kevin Hodgson, 6th Grade Teacher, Writer and Technology Liaison for the Western Massachusetts Writing Project talks about teachers as writers, the use of technology, and a view of education that supports the idea of students as creators and thinkers.

To learn more about the National Writing Project and the Western Massachusetts Writing Project:

To learn more about what Kevin Hodgson is doing online with students and as a writer:

Kevin on Twitter:

For comments and ideas for future programs, write to us at
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Program #2 "Creativity": With Wishbone Zoë

In this episode, devoted to the topic of Creativity, we interview Wishbone Zoë, a musical, visual and performance artist; 

To learn more about where to hear Wishbone Zoe:

and you can hear (and purchase) "Fossil's Dream" at:

We also explore  a "creativity calesthenic" exercise called Image Streaming;
for more information about it and other super learning exercises, see:

See“The Einstein Factor”
How to Image Stream:
Where to get more information:

You can also hear an Image Streaming product, a song called "I Can Fly".

Finally, an unintentional review of Charlie Kaufman's latest weirdsterpiece, Anomalisa.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

First Saturday: Podcast #1 Reader to Reader

In our very first episode we talk with David Mazor, Founder and Executive Director of Reader to Reader, a literacy initiative that has overseen the donation of over $50 million worth of books  to schools and libraries that are otherwise under-served and under-funded. In addition, Reader to Reader sponsors "Read, Think, Share," currently the largest academic mentorship programs in the state of Massachusetts, pairing over 1,200 K-12 students with college student volunteers.

click to listen or download this episode:
Podcast #1: Reader to Reader (January 2, 2016)

To donate, volunteer, or get more information on Reader to Reader, go to their website:
Mailing Address:
Reader To Reader
Cadigan Center
38 Woodside Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
Telephone: 413-256-8595