Bodega Cats In Their Own Words: Gus of Corona, Queens

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Life is an adventure when you're only six inches tall. Meet Gus, the bodega cat king of Corona.

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Bodega Cats In Their Own Words: Tiger and Nushi of Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the latest installment of BCITOW, we meet Nushi, a Sunset Park, Brooklyn, connoisseur of Halal food, and Tiger, the polyglot of Fourth Avenue.

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Bodega Cats In Their Own Words: Oliver of the Upper West Side

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In this episode, Oliver talks about the luxuries of bodega life, and how one Upper West Side lady saved him from the streets of Yonkers.

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Bodega Cats In Their Own Words: Carmel of Ridgewood, Queens

Monday, September 01, 2014

At a mere 8 weeks, Carmel is a fixture of this Polish deli, where dodging kielbasa and pouncing on pickles is all in a day's work. 



Bodega Cats In Their Own Words: Sheeba and Victoria of Park Slope, Brooklyn

Friday, August 08, 2014

Sheeba's days as the "queen of Park Slope" are nothing but smooth sailing. Blocks away, Victoria waits for her boss to open the gate so she can start her day.

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WNYC Digital

March Meowness: And We Have a Winner

Monday, April 07, 2014

Bodega cats are hipper than shuffleboard and, unlike Cronuts, they will never go out of style. We asked you to vote for your favorite cat and, after 90,000 swipes, we have a winner.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Opting Out of Testing?; Umpire Doug Harvey; Bodega Cats!

Monday, March 31, 2014

New York State tests begin this week for students in third through eighth grades. WNYC’s Yasmeen Khan discusses the exams, now aligned to "common core" curricula, and whether more students will be "opting out" from standardized testing. Plus: the latest on the ACA enrollment since today is the deadline to sign up; everything you ever wanted to know about cats in bodegas; the latest appointments in city government, including the NYPD’s inspector general; and Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey.


One Man. One Cat. Multiplied

Friday, December 20, 2013

I'm thinking of a man and his cat. A real man. His real cat. Then I'm imagining a bunch of world-famous cartoonists, Calvin & Hobbes' Bill Watterson, Wile E. Coyote's Chuck Jones, Gary Larson, Maurice Sendak — all of them drawing this same man and his cat. Then I'm staring at very different men and very different cats. Then I'm giggling.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

More on the NSA Leak; NJ Senate Race; Education Commissioner John King; Marc Maron

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We'll continue to discuss the classified information that was leaked by a government contractor. Plus: the New Jersey senate race is now underway; New York State Education Commissioner and the President of the University of the State of New York John King talks about the new teacher evaluation system and the Ramapo school funding dispute; the tables are turned on comedian and podcaster Marc Maron as he is interviewed on his new book and TV show; and Jessica Pressler from New York Magazine breaks down a debate on cats vs. birds.   

Transportation Nation

Meet the Feline Station Master of the Wakayama Electric Railroad

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Here's another way to attract people to transit -- put a cat in charge of the local train station.

In 2007, Japan's financially beleaguered Wakayama Railroad was on the verge of closing its Kishi Station. But after a railroad executive adopted a local stray, Tama the calico cat became something of a local celebrity. Responsibility soon followed, and she was officially appointed station master. Her job, when she's not napping, is to greet passengers. (According to Wikipedia, "in lieu of a salary, the railway provides Tama with free cat food.")

Mitsunobu Kojima, the CEO of Wakayama Railroad, Kojima credits her with reviving the moribund railroad ("single-pawedly," according to the above Animal Planet segment.) Tama was credited with pumping as much as 1.1 billion yen (10.44 million dollars) into the local economy in 2007 alone.

Now, Tama has a Facebook page, Wakayama Railroad is chugging along, the trains have been redecorated, and the town is so cat-crazy it's possible to ride in a taxi cab festooned with 880 cats.

The cat train of the Wakayama Electric Railroad. (Photo by Douglass Sprott via flickr)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sitting in the Catbird Seat

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A conversation that happened on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in the Lopate Show offices...

Blakeney: On Wednesday's Patricia T. O’Conner segment we’re talking about “cat words”—like “cat’s pajamas” and “kitty corner.”

Steven: That’s exciting. I’ve always wondered what’s up with the phrase “sitting in the cat bird seat.”  It doesn’t make any sense to me. At all. Is it about a cat that that is perfectly poised to catch a bird sitting in a seat? Since when do birds sit in seats? Has it caught and eaten a bird and is sitting in the bird’s seat? I do not understand this idiom! Then again, as a child, I imagined the phrase “shooting fish in a barrel” involved shooting fish out of some kind fish shooting device into a barrel on the other side of a field, not using a gun to shoot fish swimming around in a closed container. So, maybe I’m not the right person to be thinking about these things.

Blakeney: I think it’s about being in advantageous position. As in: you’re a bird, sitting in the seat above the cat. But we could just look it up… >>>

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