Amazing Races

Amazing Races

LeMans, Grand Prix, Bathurst, the Indy 500, car races are big business around the world, but there was a time when people believed these new horseless carriages were a novelty item, too flimsy for such an activity.  In 1908, a race was organized to prove otherwise, in...
Physician, Test Thyself

Physician, Test Thyself

When you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself. This philosophy is okay when it comes to loading the dishwasher, but maybe not when you’re trying find the cause of venereal disease. But no one told that to John Hunter. Medical types in the...
This Means War?

This Means War?

Mankind has waged war for many reasons: land, oil, a pretty face, a wooden bucket, you name it.  How did a pig put the US and UK on the brink of war in Canada?  Who declares hostility over watermelon?  And what about the Golden Stool? Admittedly, some of riots, but...
It’s A Small Plate After All

It’s A Small Plate After All

For someone in my generation or younger, it strains the imagination to think that yogurt, bagels and pizza were once weird ethnic foods.  My mother has a story about seeing her first bagel when she went off to college and there was a line in a Muppet Show episodes...

Christmas Spirit (and Monsters and Other Fun)

(No episode next week.) The other weekend, after attending a menorah lighting at a local tea house, my husband and I joined a parade of monsters talking down the sidewalk.  There were vicious satyr-like manimals with sticks in their hands and wicker baskets on their...