Comedian Bob Saget was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how he got into comedy, an incident with a donkey on the set of Full House, and his infamous routine in the film The Aristocrats. He also told us that he's a foodie. Find out what else Bob Saget told us about books, music and meatloaf.
Mickey Rooney got his first laugh on stage when he was just 18 months old, launching him to a long career in show business. He became a major box office draw in the late 1930 and early 1940's, and was best-known for the nine films he made with Judy Garland. He died recently at the age of 93. He was on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2004 with his wife Jan - his 8th - to talk about their off-Broadway show "Let's Put on a Show," which looked back at Rooney's long and varied career.
Spicy, punchy, and powerful peas.
This super simple slaw is good on tacos, arepas enchiladas and empanadas.
Carla Hall's peas with butter and tarragon.
Light and airy gnocchi paired with the late spring harvest of peas and fava beans make this early summer pasta a favorite. To allow the delicate qualities of spring to shine, it is important to keep the gnocchi light by using very little flour and handling it delicately. Kennebec or any good baking potato, like the prevalent Idaho, are ideal to use for their starchiness.
Roasted beets are a longtime favorite of Chef Portale’s. Always aesthetically minded, the chef’s eye finds the color appealing, while the sweet, bright flavor of beets and the beautiful color complemented by seasonal elements allows this salad to appear in various forms at Gotham.
Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch, was here to talk about the great novel Middlemarch and why she's read it over and over. She answered a few other questions about other favorite books, what she's reading now, and what it's like to be a staff writer at The New Yorker.
A new, eggy take on a classic pasta dish
Jonathan Schell spent a lifetime exploring war in all its various incarnations. His 1982 book, The Fate of the Earth – in which he called for complete nuclear disarmament -- was called “the new Bible of our time, the White Paper of our age,” by Helen Caldicott, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He had been a lead writer at The New Yorker till 1987, a columnist for Newsday and New York Newsday, and, most recently, a correspondent for The Nation. He died recently at the age of 70. You can hear his interview with Leonard from May 2003, when he spoke about the greatest non-violent moments in modern history, from his book The Unconquerable World.
For a new way to make broccoli, try Tyler Kord's flavorful broccoli sandwiches.
Unlike most comedians who went on The Tonight Show and headed straight to the couch, David Brenner performed first. The reason was, as Johnny Carson would explain, "I like to sit back, smoke a cigarette and laugh for six minutes." The lanky, toothsome Philadelphia native started out as a writer and director of television documentaries, before deciding to try comedy, relatively late, in the 1970s. He would appear on The Tonight Show over 150 times, as both a guest and a substitute host. He died recently at the age of 78. You can hear his conversation with Leonard from October 2003, about his book, I Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup, about staging a comedy tour in the wake of the September 11th attacks.