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Today’s guest has quite the inspiring story.  La’Que Duren was heading down a dangerous life threatening path, but a group of adults saw value in her that she didn’t know she had.  “How The Mafia Saved My Life”  is a story about a young girl encountering tough men from the shadows who reached out to  protect her.  She ultimately  forgave her abusers and rose from the ashes, and hers is a story for anyone looking for a way out.

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Meet the man behind the mayhem who is making people very happy.  Norm Laviolette heads up the smash hit Boston comedy troupe Improv Asylum.  He tells  of its origin and growth along with the fun and vibrancy that defines improvisation.   We also talk about the group’s extensive training opportunities in performance and stand-up for professionals and non-actors alike!

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Joe Lamonica is part of a hard working Italian family. proud of the restaurant named for their grandfather.  Vuolo’s in Winthrop Massachusetts has won raves from food critics and diners.  Joe plies his trade coming up with creative concoctions  behind the bar, when he’ snot collecting and selling iconic custom rock T-Shirts and memorabilia.  There is passion in everything he does and Joe is about to share his story!

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Attorney A.X. Foster has prosecuted and defended complex homicide cases for over 30 years.  His debut legal thriller “Gavel to Gavel” transports us to a tense trial where the case seems open and shut. But is it? Foster has penned a terrific legal adventure with intriguing characters and situations. Today we take you deep behind the scenes of a murder one trial, where nothing is as it seems.

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Meet Gianni Russo, one of the stars of “The Godfather,” a monumental first film role for a guy who never acted before!The author of his best selling memoir “Hollywood Godfather,” shares incredible personal stories about Brando, Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and the biggest names in the actual Mafia, names you will instantly recognize. From the movie (he’s produced and acted in close to fifty) to the JFK assassination, Gianni tells all. He’s appearing locally at the Regent Theatre in Arlington with a popular one-man show at the time of our taping.

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Let me introduce you to someone who is the very definition of Grace. She’s Sister Bridget Haase, the author of many spiritually uplifting books such as Generous Faith and Doors to the Sacred, both of which share stories of family and times in Sudan, Senegal, Mexico and Appalachia. Recipient of several awards, she has led retreats and parish missions nationwide and has ministered to everyone from paraplegics at the Boston Home to 3 and 4 year-olds in her role  as “St. Storyteller.“  We are such close friends, her life energy has blessed me along with so many others.  Enjoy a conversation with this remarkable new Orleans native!

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Today I welcome artist, educator and marine advocate, Cindy Pease Roe, whose inspiration comes from her deep, abiding kinship with the sea to craft her unforgettable paintings and sculptures.  Cindy incorporates a variety of media to capture the depth of her subjects. She deftly paints historic, and often endangered working waterfronts. But most importantly, she has garnered the interest of art lovers and environmentalists alike by collecting plastic debris and flotsam she finds along the shoreline and transforming them into thought-provoking, visually stimulating three-dimensional forms.

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There is a national crisis of drug abuse and mental illness affecting our adolescent and young adult population. Meet two representatives from a new agency that is meeting the challenges head on. We present Clinical Director Brenna Fichter LISCW and Business Development Manager Caitlin Axelrod-McLeod with the recently opened Kiwi Recovery Center in Concord, Massachusetts. The focus is on the groundbreaking work done by these practitioners in empowering our kids, offering them a healthier pass to success.

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Dr. Gary Simonds is a neurosurgeon who has spent decades savings lives in Level 1 trauma centers.   He shares stories of what happens when doctors are pressured to make life saving decisions with no time to spare.   His terrific new novel, “Death’s Pale Flag,” tells the story of an intrepid doctor, a brain surgeon and unlikely war hero , who in the midst of pushing himself to the extreme to help his patients, encounters what appear to be ghostly figures.  Are they real or the result of his intense burnout. Strap in for a scintillating tale of medicine and the supernatural!