Daily Rituals; Accordionist Rob Curto; "Downtown Express"; Monona Rossol on Mold

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We all have our routines, and today we’ll look at the daily rituals of creative people like Jane Austen, Benjamin Franklin, and Twyla Tharp, and how they’ve influenced their work. Accordionist Rob Curto, who’s a member of the band Matuto, performs live in our studio! Michael Bacon, Nellie McKay, and Philippe Quint discuss recording the soundtrack to David Grubin’s film “Downtown Express.” And Monona Rossol talks about how to deal with mold damage from Sandy.

Daily Rituals

Mason Currey describes the daily rituals of Andy Warhol, John Updike, Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Franklin, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, and other other great minds. In Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, he describes the routines that enable novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians to do the work they love to do.

Do you have daily rituals that help you get your work done? Share them—leave a comment below!

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Rob Curto, Accordionist

Rob Curto, accordionist, and member of the band Matuto will be performing live! He’ll talk about the band’s recent release, “The Devil and the Diamond,” and his upcoming performance at Lincoln Center June 20.

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Michael Bacon, Nellie McKay, and Philippe Quint on "Downtown Express"

Michael Bacon, Nellie McKay, and Philippe Quint discuss the newly released soundtrack to David Grubin's film “Downtown Express,” which stars Quint and McKay. The soundtrack features original songs by McKay and Michael Bacon (of The Bacon Brothers) as well as classical performances by Quint.

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Monona Rossol Talks Mold

Last fall, flooding from Superstorm Sandy resulted in mold damage in many homes, and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol helped us figure out how to prevent and treat it. Now that we're coming into humid summer weather, we'll take a look at how successful remediation efforts have been, and how we can prevent recurrences.

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Guest Picks: Philippe Quint

Philippe Quint was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the soundtrack for "Downtown Express." He starred in the movie, along with Nellie McKay. He also told us about his love of sushi. Find out what else Philippe Quint likes!


Guest Picks: Nellie McKay

Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the soundtrack to "Downtown Express." She starred in the movie, along with Philippe Quint. Find out documentaries Nellie's been watching recently!


Guest Picks: Michael Bacon

Michael Bacon was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently (along with Nellie McKay and Philippe Quint) to talk about the soundtrack for "Downtown Express." He was musical director on the film. He also told what he's a fan of -- and he's a fan of a lot of unexpected things. 


Tributes: Michael Hastings

Reporter and war correspondent Michael Hastings is best known for his Rolling Stone article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, in which he quoted McChrystal criticizing the Obama White House and mocking certain members of the Administration. Gen. McChrystal retired shortly afterward. Hastings died on Tuesday and you can hear his conversation with Leonard Lopate below. 


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Richard Freund

Some details you guessed missed about mold remediation:
Mold is a fungi, not a plant.

If you can see or smell the mold there is no point in testing, it just tells you what you already know. A careful visual inspection is the best way to go. This is clearly written in the EPA's guidelines. Likewise testing mold in order to see what species it is also not necessary. All molds are remediated the same way. Save the money for the remediation work. A clearance test when the work is done can be useful.

Killing mold is not as easy as your guest suggested. Besides, dead mold parts and non viable spores can be allergens as much as the live stuff.

Mold remediation procedures for containment are not dissimilar to "Best Practices" when it comes to demolition and clean up. So the work need not be that much more expensive than that. The persons most at risk are the remediators themselves so personal protective equipment for them very is important.

Much of the mold problems in houses that have been flooded could have been lessened by proper drying procedures. However - flood waters are considered Category 3 - the same category as sewage, so porous materials such as drywall, and plywood sheathing all have to be treated as contaminated regardless of mold.

Al the best,

Richard Freund, President, Precise Damage Assessments, Inc. Insurance Restoration Consultants. ACAC Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor, IICRC Certified Water Damage Remediation Specialist

Jun. 20 2013 07:51 AM
Manuel from Bronx

Can heat or the sun kill mold?

Jun. 19 2013 01:51 PM
Mark Kalan from Rockland County

Drugs! I took anti-depressants and Adderol for my ADD/depression and I never made as much money or got as much done....until I was in Laguna Seca covering the MotoGP race for he NY TImes in 2006. I was offered a ride on the back of a bike around the track...but the first stop was the medical tent for a quick viatls check and the doctor wouldn't clear me. He went pale when he checked my blood pressure and heart rate. I stopped the drugs immediate

Jun. 19 2013 12:33 PM
karen e from NJ

I must stand up to write. The engine that drives my work? Procrastination and looming deadlines combine to stoke the adrenalin level.

Jun. 19 2013 12:24 PM
Karen from Upper west side

The modernist sculptor Anne Truitt wrote a beautiful series of books about her daily life as an artist. The most well known Is called DAYBOOK. She had major shows and her influential minimalist work is in major collections and its so interesting to have insight into humble daily details of life as a wife and mother. I recall one description of dealing with the death of the family dog for example is extraordinarily poignant.
Thanks for the show!

Jun. 19 2013 12:21 PM
Richard Porter

Regarding upcoming Daily Rituals segment, just a reminder that Arnold Newman did an engaging portrait of Woody Allen scribbling away on a legal pad, presumably in his bed. The photo pops up quickly when you Google "Woody Allen Arnold Newman."

Keep up the splendid interviewing on timely topics.


Jun. 18 2013 06:05 PM

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