NBC News is finally set to air the Geraldo Rivera program on teen-age drug and alcohol that is supposed to include segments from the Brainerd area.
"Geraldo Reports" is scheduled to air "Smashed: Kids and Alcohol" at 8 p.m. July 14 on all NBC Network affiliates, but interested viewers should check listings for confirmation.
The network newsman and his production team came to Brainerd in February, for face to face interviews with several participants enrolled in Rock Sober, a teen-age-oriented counseling program at the Eclectic Caf in downtown Brainerd.
NBC producers said the local program had been singled out for its straight-forward approach and youth-oriented management. It was founded by Pat Sharbonda, then of Lutheran Social Services, and Matt Taylor, the Eclectic's young owner.
The program, featuring Rivera's behind-the-scenes journalism, also interviewed rehab experts in other parts of the country, so it's anybody's guess how much of the show will involve Brainerd residents.
Red House Records of Minneapolis reports that its recording artist Suzzy Roche and her most recent CD, "Songs from an Unmarried Housewife and Mother, Greenwich Village, USA" has been chosen album of the week by the New York Times.
Roche performed for an area audience at a Grassroots Concerts appearance in Nisswa earlier this year.
Sister Maggie and daughter Lucy, along with musicians Loudon Wainwright III, Jules Shear and others, appear on the album, released recently by the folk-oriented Red House label.
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