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André Darlington

By Author, Booze, Fun, Music No Comments

He had Gary at Booze and Vinyl!! This is probably unlike any other episode you’ve ever heard. André Darlington has written two books where he pairs great music with a craft cocktail recipe! And he’s really done his research on the music so he pairs just the right drink.

In this episode:

  • How to “slut up” a boring beer
  • How to make a GREAT martini
  • Staples you should have in your at-home bar
  • “Naked & Famous”
  • Liquors you probably didn’t know about from around the world
  • The place you probably didn’t think about getting liquor from, but should be
  • The drink that “devastated” Gary
  • Finding dead animals in moonshine
  • The “unicorn beer”
  • The research behind the book

Quotations:

“Make sure your ice is fresh. If your ice has been sitting next to a bag of shrimp, the chances are, it’s going to have taken on some of the flavors, and you don’t want that.” ~André Darlington

“The other thing, specifically with martinis, is that vermouth is low proof. So you want to have that stored in the refrigerator.” ~André Darlington

“You don’t want the bottom of the shelf–just good level, you know, middle-shelf kind of liquor is what you’re looking for.” ~André Darlington

“Nowadays it could be Paper Planes; it could be Naked and Famous.” ~André Darlington

“What’s interesting is all cocktails come from India in a way. When the British were stationed there, they started making what they called “punch,” which the word for “punch” was originally a Hindu word, meaning “five things.” ~André Darlington

“India is really a fascinating place for cocktails.” ~André Darlington

“You’d be surprised at how many bartenders sneak away and Google it.” ~André Darlington

“You can kind of take a can of beer, especially a not great kind of commercial beer, and just slut it up with all kinds of stuff.” ~André Darlington

Bio:

André Darlington is the author of Booze Cruise: A Tour of the World’s Essential Mixed Drinks and Gotham City Cocktails: Official Handcrafted Food & Drinks From the World of Batman, as well as The Official John Wayne Cocktail Book (Sept 20, “22) and Bar Menu (Oct 18, ‘22). He is co-author of Booze & Vinyl, Booze & Vinyl Vol. 2, The New Cocktail Hour, and TCM’s Movie Night Menus.

In addition to food and beverage writing, André has published two books of poetry. The Prettiest Star was a finalist for INDIES Book of the Year in 2018. Kirkus Reviews called the debut work “breathtaking.” China Bus was an IndieNext Recommended book of 2018 and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award in 2019. 

André has been a columnist for Organic Life magazine, a contributor to Mandarin Quarterly, as well as the alt-weekly, Isthmus, where he was an award-winning food critic and wine columnist. In 2016 he opened the lauded farm-to-table restaurant and natural wine bar, Field Table, designed by JBF award-winning architects, Heliotrope.

André has been a Napa Valley Vintners’ Association Fellow and a judge for the international wine competition, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, as well as for the American Craft Distillers Association. He is a frequent guest speaker for companies, non-profits, and clubs such as Google, The Smithsonian, ThinkCompany, and Park House Dallas.

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Judy Foreman

By Author, Education, Science No Comments

Author and award-winning journalist Judy Foreman talks with Gary Scott Thomas on this episode of Here’s What We Know. She dives into CRISPR, a technology that can be used to edit genes.

In this episode:

  • The ethical questions behind gene editing
  • “Curing” Sickle Cell Anemia
  • The thought of humans living 120 years
  • How she took real science and turned it into her fiction medical thriller CRISPR’d
  • What makes a good villain

Quotations:

“Exercise is medicine.” ~Judy Foreman

“Unintended consequences can be good or bad.” ~Judy Foreman

“We are living longer and longer.” ~Judy Foreman

Guest’s Bio:

Judy Foreman is a former Boston Globe health columnist and the author of three works of nonfiction. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College. She spent three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil and has a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Fellow in Medical Ethics, also at Harvard Medical School, and a Knight Science Fellow at MIT. She was a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She has won more than 50 journalism awards including a George Foster Peabody Award and a Science in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers. She swims competitively with U.S. Masters and sings with Boston’s Back Bay Chorale. CRISPR’d is her first novel.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://judyforeman.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/judy_foreman

Marc Straus

By Author, Education, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Uncategorized No Comments

*Trigger Warning: domestic abuse*
This episode with highly accomplished oncologist Marc Straus is jam-packed with astonishing stories that take you by surprise and inspire you to stay in the fight.

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Being published over 100 times
  • Poetry
  • Why Americans don’t like poetry as much as other places
  • Growing up with a father who wasn’t allowed to go to school
  • What immigrant families can do to set their kids up for success
  • Going against the grain with his new book
  • Childhood abuse
  • Being a streetfighter
  • Putting a stop to the abusive cycle
  • Being able to drift out and not feel pain
  • The Fisherman & The Sea and how he could relate
  • Staying true to his childhood voice
  • The unusual fact about his art collection
  • Turning a bad situation into a way to help others
  • Being married to his childhood sweetheart
  • Being in a nearly fatal hit and run
  • Growing up Jewish in the 70s
  • Racism around the world
  • How he came up with the name of his book One-Legged Mongoose

Quotations:

“When I had an idea, I just pushed ahead and did it.” ~Marc Straus

“Poetry is a unique way to use language.” ~Marc Straus

“You can’t do the best job without being fully committed.” ~Marc Straus

“I was meant to be a cancer doctor.” ~Marc Straus

“I was in the fight.” ~Marc Straus

“A lot of who I am today is because I fell in love with books.” ~Marc Straus

“I think books in some way saved me.” ~Marc Straus

“I don’t look back. It gets in your way of moving forward.” ~Marc Straus

“You have to be decisive.” ~Marc Straus

“We have a long history of not learning from history.” ~Marc Straus

Guest’s Bio:

MARC STRAUS is a poet, writer, medical oncologist, and art collector who lives with his wife, Livia, in Chappaqua, NY. The author of numerous scientific papers and articles on contemporary art, and has published four poetry collections including Not God, staged Off-Broadway. His poems and stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and many other literary journals. The Strauses founded Hudson Valley MOCA in Peekskill, NY, and Marc runs the Marc Straus Gallery in New York City. One-Legged Mongoose is his first book of prose. For more information, please visit https://marcjstraus.com/.

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Bobby Spears, Jr.

By Author, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized One Comment

Key Takeaways From Episode:

In this dynamic episode, Bobby Spears, Jr. and Gary Scott Thomas have an open and honest conversation about race, politics, raising kids, and more.

Also in this jam-packed episode:

  • What it means to leave a legacy for his kids
  • How not being a millionaire is a good thing
  • Changing the way minorities are viewed and how they view themselves
  • The truth about minorities and poverty
  • How the media’s portrayal of minorities and poverty is perpetuating self-limiting beliefs
  • How the media could help
  • Getting pulled out of his car because of the color of his skin
  • Being “1 step away from Armageddon”
  • How words lose meaning because of hashtags
  • What Americans really have in common
  • His rule for comedians
  • Being an observer
  • His new book
  • and more!

Quotations:

“I’m trying to leave something for my children.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“If you give your children too much, they don’t understand the value of those things.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“There’s a value in rolling your sleeves up.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“When you don’t have a plan B, you throw everything into plan A.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“I’ve never seen a crime happen in front of me.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“People spend more time insulting and tearing down each other than having discussions.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re brittle.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

Guest’s Bio:

Bobby Spears, Jr. is a husband, father, and writer. Spears attended Howard University on an Annenberg Scholarship awarded in part to an academic paper he wrote on the importance of changing the ways minorities are viewed and view themselves in the media. After graduating in 1996 with a BA in television and film production, he chose to work in his family business, providing housing and attendant care to the mentally disabled. Over more than 20 years, the Spears family has grown their business into the largest privately-owned personal care provider in Pennsylvania. At their height, the company housed and cared for nearly five hundred disabled clients monthly.

During his career, Mr. Spears provided assistance to nearly ten thousand clients and families, worked with thousands of third-party health care providers, dealt with three state administration changes, and consulted for multiple entrepreneurs opening their own facilities. Spears never gave up his desire to impact the world through media, so at the age of forty-three, he decided to focus on writing and television, and film production. He is supported and motivated to succeed by his wife Adrienne and two children, Zakhari and Zoie.

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