One of our first stops when we arrive back in the United States is always the local pharmacy. We want to be prepared for anything. We have been in France, which is rich in pharmacies of a sort. There are some 22,000 of them, each one marked with an illuminated green sign, and they have a virtual monopoly on the sale of medicines, all the way down to aspirin. If you are familiar with American pharmacies, the French version looks and feels like an entirely different kind of business.

Book Review: Guy Novel

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What a wild, weird romp award-winning poet and memoirist Michael Ryan pulls off in his debut fiction, “Guy Novel.” Fast-mouth Robert Wilder, a stand-up comic in L.A. is just hours away from getting married, when he stops off at a bank to get money for his honeymoon in Baja. Waiting in line, he spies a gorgeous young woman teller, and, on impulse, offers to drive her home when a raging rainstorm forces the bank to close. He never makes it to his wedding, but he does make it to Baja – with the woman, Sabine.

Bach wrote his Italian Concerto for solo keyboard, but harpist Andrew Lawrence-King expanded it for a chamber orchestra, with a solo part for harp.  We'll enjoy this "new and improved" version tonight.

The Kennedy Center

Percussionist Steve Scales has played with the Talking Heads and Tina Turner. Lately, though, he’s led a drum circle for clients of the Kennedy Center, a non-profit in Connecticut serving people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Geothermal Advocates Pressuring Gov. Cuomo For Tax Credits

2 hours ago
Chris Caya / WBFO

Legislation to make one clean energy source more affordable in New York appears to be stuck on Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk. But advocates of geothermal heating and cooling want Cuomo to sign the bill.

Supporters point out that geothermal reduces greenhouse gases by using the earth to heat and cool buildings. They are questioning Governor Cuomo's commitment to the environment as he continues to delay approval of a package of tax credits. 

Sibelius' 50th birthday was a national holiday in his native Finland, and as part of the festivities he wrote his Fifth Symphony.  We'll enjoy it this morning.  

Neuroendocrine Cancer Fundraiser Held On L.I.

22 hours ago
Maryann Wahmann / Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network

Survivors of a rare form of cancer are looking to raise awareness in their fight against the disease. The group held a fundraiser at a North Fork vineyard over the weekend for neuroendocrine cancer.

Shortly after Schubert's death, Sir Arthur Sullivan traveled to Vienna to recover as many abandoned manuscripts as he could, including the "Unfinished" Symphony. We'll enjoy it tonight. 

Schumer Urges Cell Providers To Fix L.I. 'Dead Zones'

Aug 26, 2016
Carl Lender / Flickr

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wants the major cell phone carriers to fix over 200 “dead zones” in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Vaughan Williams wrote himself into a corner with a piano concerto, but he discovered a way out by adding a second solo piano part, and a world of new ideas opened up.  We'll enjoy the Two-Piano Concerto this morning.