A giant Burmese python being held by Dan Ashe (USFWS Director), Ken Salazar (Secretary of the Department of the Interior), Senator Bill Nelson, and others, in Florida, January 2012.
(National Park Service)
Fun facts and other oddities we learned this week at the Lopate Show.
There’s a new table saw technology that can prevent fingers from being cut off and other injuries. Check out this video, too.
The struggle for democracy is still going on in Egypt, as seen when thousands gathered again in Tahrir Square this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the uprising that brought down Mubarak.
Burmese pythons can grow to be 20-feet long and weigh 200 pounds, and they are on the loose in Florida, eating endangered species, alligators, and even deer!
Stephen Fry's first addiction was to sugar puffs! And although they didn’t have time to talk about his sexual escapades, Leonard accidentally agreed to meet up with Stephen Fry later for sex.
Petula Clark used to travel around Wales signing to soldiers with Julie Andrews. She also caused a stir by touching Harry Belafonte on stage in the 1960s, and he remarked on that as well.
It’s anticipated that the rural population will grow very slowly if at all, but the urban population around the world is expected to double between 2000 and 2050.
Associate Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show
Julia Corcoran joined the show as an intern in spring 2007 after listening to the show for many years, and joined the staff full-time in February 2009. She produces the Please Explain series, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club, and other segments on topics ranging from root vegetables to politics and the economy to the musical stylings of Weird Al Yankovic. She has reported and produced radio features for WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany and for WSHU Public Radio in Connecticut. Julia studied literature and art at the University of New Mexico, and has an M.S. from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys escaping the city to climb up and ski down mountains.