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Friday, July 15, 2011

We start off today’s show with a Please Explain look at forest fires. Then, “Weird Al” Yankovic talks about his pioneering career in music, his latest album, “Alpocalypse”, and trying his hand at authoring a children’s book. Rebecca Wolff tells us about her new novel, The Beginners. Plus, we wrap up our Friday with a strong drink to kick off our new Summer Stuff series! Two mixologists stop by to take your calls on making the perfect summer cocktail!

Please Explain: Wildfires

This summer wildfires have raged in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as throughout the country, and so far over 5,800,000 acres have burned this year alone. Ken Frederick and Tom Romanello, Bureau of Land Management fire specialists at the National Interagency Fire Center, explain how wild fires start and spread, how they behave, and how they’re contained and extinguished. We’ll also find out why there seem to be so many this year, and what happens to an area after a fire.

Call us at 646-829-3985 to ask a question about fires, or leave a comment!

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“Weird Al” Yankovic Brings on the Alpocalypse

Al Yankovic talks about his career creating musical parodies, the release of his latest album, “Alpocalypse,” his first in five years, and his new children’s book When I Grow Up, about a boy who has many different ideas of what he wants to do when he grows up—from chef to snail trainer to gorilla masseuse. He’s also created an app based on the book.

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Rebecca Wolff’s The Beginners

Rebecca Wolff tells us about her new novel, The Beginners, a chilling story of a girl whose coming of age is darkened by the secret history of her small New England town. She's drawn to a sophisticated, dashing couple new to town, but they may be more than they seem.


Summer Stuff: Cocktails

We kick off our Summer Stuff series with a stiff drink! Allen Katz, of Southern Wine and Spirits, and Stan Parish, GQ assistant editor, stop by to discuss the perfect summer cocktail—from the classic poolside margarita to new concoctions to beat the heat. We’ll take your calls on how to mix what you have in your liquor cabinet. Check out some delicious summer drink recipes!


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Questions for Jennifer Egan

Find out author Jennifer Egan's favorite authors, recent favorite books, and what her least favorite words are.


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Summer Cocktail Recipes

GQ’s Cognac Lemonade:
1 750ml bottle of Pierre Ferrand Ambre
3 (11.15 oz) cans of San Pellegrino Limonata
2 large tea bags


Allen Katz’s Cocktail Recipes

1 oz            Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
1 oz            Boulard Calvados
1 oz            Dry Vermouth
1/8 oz         Fresh Lime Juice

Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel float.


2" Cucumber, diced (greenmarket)
8 Fresh Mint Leaves (greenmarket)
2 oz            Beefeater Gin
1 oz            Fresh Apple Juice (greenmarket)
¼ oz            Simple Syrup

Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cucumber wheel on the rim of the glass.


2 ½ oz  Flor de Cana 4 Year Aged Rum
¼ oz            Cynar Artichoke Liqueur
¼ oz            Limoncello
¼ oz            Runny Honey (greenmarket)
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


3 fresh strawberries, sliced (greenmarket)
2 oz            Old Tom Gin
1 oz            Fresh Lemon Juice
¼ oz            Le Combier Triple Sec
½ oz            Simple Syrup

Muddle strawberries in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake well over ice. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice and top with seltzer. Garnish with a strawberry on the rim of the glass.

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