Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Yesterday at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show I caught up with our recent guest, Grand Champion Willcare To Fly Under The Radar, RN, better known as Walter. The chocolate-coated Labrador Retriever and his owner-handler-breeder Sue Willumsen were in good spirits—out of the 38 Labrador Retrievers competing for Best In Breed, he was the only the dog to win the Judge’s Award of Merit, his second consecutive win.
We chatted backstage in the benching area, a crowded service ramp in the depths of Madison Square Garden, packed with hundreds of the best canine specimens in the world waiting for their turn to prove themselves in the ring. Described by some as “a cross between a hair salon and Baghdad” the benching area was buzzing with the sound of blow-dryers and electric razors, but curiously few barks from the many dogs lassoed to their grooming tables for last-minute preening. Walter, however, was relaxing. “They’re wash n’ wear” says Willumsen, “the maintenance is not as extreme as other long hair dogs.”
Back home in Kingston, NH, Willumsen plans on teaching her prize pup how to be a hunting dog, one of the many jobs Labs were bred for. But three-year-old Walter’s show career is far from over, and Willumsen hopes to return to Westminster next year for an even bigger win. “He meets the American Kennel Club description of the Labrador Retriever,” says Willumsen, “but it’s his kind spirit and nature, as well as his sense of humor, that makes him my best buddy.”
Friday, February 10, 2012
Every month, as part of the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's e-newsletter, we're bringing an author interview from our archives. This month, listen to a rare 2002 conversation that Leonard had with Canadian writer Alice Munro. She had just published her short story collection, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.
Friday, December 02, 2011
Ruth Reichl, author of our December Leonard Lopate Show Book Club pick Comfort Me with Apples, invited the Wall Street Journal into her upstate kitchen. She spoke about her custom-designed kitchen, her favorite dishes to make for friends, and the meal that changed her life. Read the article here.
Tune in Monday at 12:30 to hear Ruth Reichl on the Leonard Lopate Show. Read the book and submit your questions!
Friday, December 02, 2011
From Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang’s book Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College, published by Bloomsbury. They were on Please Explain: Children's Brains on Friday, October 14, and we invited them back for Please Explain: The Teenage Brain, Friday, December 2.
1) Which of the following is a good way to get your child to eat his spinach?
a. Cover the spinach with melted cheese
b. Start the meal with a few bites of dessert
c. Feed him with soy-based formula as an infant
d. All of the above
e. None of the above
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
We’re nearing the end of the year, the season of best-of lists. The Leonard Lopate Show staff loves books and we read a lot of them! Here are some staff picks for the best books we’ve read this year—many of them were published in 2011, but some are older and worthy of attention.
What were the best books you read this year? Let us know by leaving a comment!
Friday, November 11, 2011
During today's Please Explain on the names behind New York highways, bridges, parks, and neighborhoods, Columbia professor Kenneth T. Jackson suggested we ask listeners who they think deserves a landmark to be named for. So let us know!
Who would you name a bridge, roadway, park or other New York landmark after, and why?
Monday, October 24, 2011
Nathaniel Philbrick was on the show this week to talk about one of the greatest American novels, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.
"I think of all the classics, Moby-Dick is the most reluctantly read. It is so long, it is digressive. Just when you think you're figuring out where it's going, Melville throws in a short chapter about something completely different. And it's a real challenge," Philbrick explains. "It's a book I find, later in life, when you have some life experiences to bring to the book, you begin to see it in a different light."
The digressions are about things like the whiteness of a whale, and ambergris (which is whale vomit), and chowder—Melville even includes a recipe for chowder!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
High Line creators Joshua David and Robert Hammond said they were enthusiastic about a long-shot proposal to turn the Tappan Zee Bridge into an over-water park on today's Leonard Lopate Show. Asked about Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner's suggestion to convert the cantilevered bridge into a pedestrian walkway, both David and Hammond said they found the idea "exciting" and that they'd "love to take a walk on it." The bridge is currently slated for demolition and details about Feiner's idea to re-purpose the link between Rockland and Westchester counties are few, but according to yesterday's New York Times it draws a fair amount of inspiration from the equally popular High Line park in Manhattan and the Walkway Over the Hudson, further upstream. Construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge has been fast tracked by the Obama Administration.
Friday, October 07, 2011
Peace activist Leymah Gbowee was on the Leonard Lopate Show September 14, 2011, to talk about how she organized women across Liberia to force a peace in after 14 years of ravaging war. She united Muslim and Christian together and founded the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, launching protests and even a sex strike, to help bring an end to the devastating war. She shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakul Karman, a pro-democracy campaigner from Yemen.
Friday, October 07, 2011
In the early 1970's, two high school students named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak met in an electronics class. The rest, as they say, is history. The pair went on to co-found Apple Computers, changing the way the world thought of the machines that few of us can do without. In 2006, Leonard spoke to Wozniak about founding Apple, prank-calling the pope, and his relationship with Jobs.