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Wednesday, 6:00-7:00pm, Laurie Siebert reviews prior show topics and important take-aways. Laurie also takes listener questions live on-air during the program at 610-758-8810.
Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm, John Pearce welcomes Dr. Brennan Pursell of DeSale University to discuss how Germany became Europe's leading economy.
Thursday, 11:00pm, Bill Fox continues the month-long Special Focus on ['ramp] from Germany. The Featured CD at Midnight will be "looking back in anger" on doombient Records.
Friday at 11:00am, guitarist Muriel Anderson joins host Karen El-Chaar in the studio for a live interview and performance previewing her audio-visual show, "Wonderlust."
Friday at 5:44pm and Monday at 7:41am, Dr. Afshar presents a synopsis of the week's economic news with a detailed look at trends in the Lehigh Valley and the nation.

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Mariam's Restaurant on The Inside Dish

Michael Drabenstott's exploration of the Lehigh Valley's food and culinary scene continues on this edition of The Inside Dish with guest Ebisa Mulata, who with his wife owns Mariam's, an Ethiopian restaurant along the 7th Street corridor in Allentown. (Original air-date: 8/7/2017)

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Today we're heading to Nashville to hang with a band that sounds nothing like what you might expect from Nashville: a new-wave-ish party band called Republican Hair. The band draws inspiration from the sounds of the 1980s — in particular from Prince. And as band leader Luke Dick tells us, they're having a pretty great time with it.

In this session, I'm bringing a little bit of my hometown of Toronto to you by way of The Wooden Sky. The band first blew me away at a live show about a decade ago. And then I realized the very tall lead singer looked familiar – hey, that guy was a teaching assistant in my radio production class back at University.

Danish police have identified remains that washed ashore in Copenhagen as those of Kim Wall, the Swedish journalist who died aboard inventor Peter Madsen's personal submarine earlier this month. Authorities announced Wednesday that they had matched Wall's DNA with a female torso, which was found without a head, legs or arms.

With an eye on the future of online retailing, Walmart and Google are teaming up to go after rival Amazon in a play that also targets the growing market for voice-activated shopping.

Starting next month, Walmart customers will be able to access hundreds of thousands of products from the company's shelves — everything from dish washing soap to dining tables — via the online retailing service Google Express. Until now, Walmart's enormous inventory was available online only through the company's own website.

The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged the U.S. government to reject racist speech and ideology and criticized its "failure at the highest political level" to unequivocally condemn the racist violence at Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.

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