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Host Bill Dautremont-Smith talks with Zoellner Arts Center co-directors Deborah Zacarakis and Andrew Cassano about Zoellner's upcoming 2015-16 season which includes celebrated guest artist performances as well as Lehigh University Music Dept. and Theatre Dept. performances, Art Gallery exhibitions, and a long weekend block party of events this fall celebrating Lehigh University's 150th anniversary. (Original air-date: 8/17/2015)
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This has been one of the worst — and most expensive — wildfire seasons ever in the Northwest, where climate change and a history of suppressing wildfires have created a dangerous buildup of fuels.

With fires burning hotter and more intense, there are renewed calls to change how the federal government pays to fight the biggest fires.

"These large and intense fires are a natural disaster in much the same way a hurricane or a tornado or a flood is," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says. "And they ought to be funded as such through the emergency funding of FEMA."

Al Arbour, who set an NHL record by coaching 1,500 games, has died at age 81. As the head coach of the New York Islanders, he led the team to four Stanley Cup championships in 19 seasons. He also won four NHL titles as a player.

"Al will always be remembered as one of, if not the, greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League," Islanders President and General Manager Garth Snow said, as the team announced Arbour's death Friday.

This week on Wall Street, investors experienced thrills, chills, tears and giggles as their investments plunged, soared, dropped, rose, dipped, moved sideways — and then ended about where they started.

On Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average inched down 12 points to 16,643 for the day, ending a bit higher than last Friday's 16,459 close.

So if you just got back from spending a week on a tiny desert island with no smartphone, you might look at the Dow's close and think it was a pretty tame week.

You would be very, very wrong.

Here's a duo that's at the foundation of music itself, but which isn't always noticed: the musical interplay between the bass and the drum.

Hundreds of Vietnam combat helicopter pilots, their families and Gold Star families planted a tree in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops entering the Vietnam War.

The group called it the largest gathering of pilots, with 1,000 expected, says Bob Hesselbein, president of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Association, which is holding a five-day meeting in Washington that ends on Saturday.

More than 1,000 square miles of wildfires are burning in Washington state. In the remote Okanogan Valley in the north-central part of the state, many cattle ranchers are scrambling to save their herds.

Ranchers in Omak, Wash., have lost animals, barns, pasture and winter haystacks to the wildfires. But some people still have their cattle, and at the town's Ag Tech Feed Store, owners Monte and Laurie Andrews are trying to help keep those ranchers in business.

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. On Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you three items.

From NPR's Jerusalem correspondent, Emily Harris:

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I'm joined now by Peter Sutherland of the United Nations. He's the special representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration.

Welcome to the program.

PETER SUTHERLAND: Thank you very much.

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Doctors without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is seeking legal action against the producers of a new Bollywood film that it says portrays a worker for a "confusingly similar" aid organization who assists in tracking down and killing the head of a Pakistani extremist faction.

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THIS WEEK ON WDIY

The premiere of the live session with Lehigh Valley/Poconos/Philly psych rock band Sing, Bird of Prey featuring a four-song performance and interview. Friday, 11:00-11:30pm.
Michael Tamte-Horan presents - I HEAR AMERICA SINGING: AMERICAN MASTERS. Contemporary American classical music for solo voice, chorus, piano & orchestra. Sunday, 7-9pm.
Dr. Kamran Afshar presents a synopsis of the week's economic trends happening in the Lehigh Valley and across the nation. Mondays at 7:35am; Fridays at 5:44pm.
Host Bill Fox begins a month-long Special Focus on Jonn Serrie. The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Spirit Keepers" on Miramar Records. Thursday, 11 pm.