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Jimmy Rowles
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Tomorrow is Jimmy Rowles's 99th birthday anniversary. The Spokane native was quirky, unpredictable, and utterly compelling, making even the most hackneyed standard sound fresh, alive, and better than you'd remembered. He's reputed to have known more tunes than anyone else in the biz, and he knew potential when he heard it. Diana Krall took lessons with him in 1983 before she enrolled at Berklee, and he encouraged her to sing.

In this episode, Media Lab Podcast explores a world of uncertainty and discord with stories of  immigration and deportation. 

New England Wildflower Society's Bill Brumback, opening the freezer that acts as the "seed vault," in Framingham, Mass.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

In New England, 22 percent of the region's native plants are considered rare. Some of them are on the federal list of endangered species. Biologists worldwide and locally have been saving crop seeds, and seeds from other plants important to the ecosystem. 

New England Wildflower Society's Bill Brumback, opening the freezer that acts as the "seed vault," in Framingham, Mass.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

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Author Crystal Senter of Chicopee, Mass.
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

We continue our back-to-school book series today with "A.J. and the Magic Kite" -- a picture book about the contributions of African-American inventors. It was written by Chicopee, Massachusetts, author Crystal Senter-Brown and illustrated by her mother, Janice Treese-Senter.

In the story, a black boy is bullied by classmates who call African-Americans "worthless." Senter-Brown said the incident was based on something that happened to her own son in kindergarten.

Back of a Fairfield Beach Postcard from 1932
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According to commentator Rober Chipkin, every once in a while the wheels of progress turn so swiftly you don’t realize you’ve come full circle. This happened to him recently, while watching a TV commercial that came on during the news.

Former Lee Chief of Police Joseph Buffis leaves the Federal Courthouse in Springfield at the close of the court session on June 2, 2015.
Dave Roback / The Republican

Former Lee, Massachusetts, police chief Joseph Buffis lost an appeal this week to have a federal extortion charge thrown out. His lawyer said he's now appealing to the US Supreme Court.

In 2015, Buffis was found guilty of extorting a $4,000 donation to a toy fund he oversaw, and allegedly raided for his own use, from a couple arrested in connection with a prostitution ring.

His attorney, Seth Kretzer, said Buffis can't be guilty of extortion since one of those arrested offered money to make the case go away.

Life And Death On The Farm

Aug 15, 2017
A heifer named Bernie.
Courtesy / Aurora Rainette

Commentator Aurora Rainette says one of the things she loves about working on farms is watching life take hold and transform. But sometimes crops fail or animals are lost before their time. And for Rainette, that can really sting.

When an animal dies, farmers are left with a body. Sometimes, that body can become food. Often, it's full of medicine or too weathered.

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