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Mark Pendergrast comes into the studio this week on A Taste of the Past to talk about the history of coffee! Mark Pendergast is an American independent scholar, and author of six books, with his most recent titled, "Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World". Telling the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks, Mr. Pendergrast is an expert when it comes to the history, craft, and production of coffee. Learn how coffee was able to sober up Europe, how coffee first became a traded product through the growth of the railroad industry, and the truth behind the health benefits of coffee. Think you know a lot about coffee? Listen to this program and we're sure that you'll expand your knowledge even further. This program has been sponsored by Rt. 11 Potato Chips.

"It's inevitable that we're going to continue having a boom in coffee." [18:05]

"One of the things that's revolutionized coffee is the one way valve." [25:03]

"A great way to make coffee: 2 teaspoons of ground coffee and 6 ounces of boiled water." [31:05]

-- Mark Pendergrast on A Taste of the Past

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Why are big-chain delivery pizza crusts so disgusting? What's a Trinidad scorpion pepper? Can you make milk from cream just by adding water? Tune in to this week's edition of Cooking Issues as Dave Arnold tackles these issues and more. Learn about the safety of raw milk cheeses, the story behind Halloumi cheese and of course -- hear some hilarious anecdotes from Dave and the crew. This program was brought to you by Fairway Market.

"99.9% of the cream you buy in the supermarket has been highly ultra pasteurized. The reason for this is cream doesn't sell as quickly as milk or get used as quickly." [22:00]

--Dave Arnold on Cooking Issues

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This week on Arts & Seizures, Mike and Judy welcome Aaron Lefkove and Ethan Campbell of the Brooklyn-based, punk-rock band, LIVEFASTDIE. Notably, Aaron is also the owner of the Littleneck in Gowanus as well as its off-shoot, Littleneck Outpost, in Greenpoint. Promoting their recent release, Hit Stains, out on Almost Ready Records, the guys discuss their longstanding partnership, crazy tour stories and song inspirations, not to mention a few live tunes thrown in the mix. Mike and Judy also talk to Aaron about his newest endeavor, Littleneck Outpost, located in Greenpoint. The New England style clam shack is an off-shoot of Gowanus' Littleneck, featuring a grocery, sandwiches, and other delicious fare. The crew also weighs in on the great Yelp debate and how they deal with the infamous reviews. Tune in for a truly entertaining show and see if Mike persuades Aaron to create a new sandwich in his honor. This program was brought to you by Roberta's Pizza.

"Fortunately, I just opened this new restaurant - nobody's put up a Yelp page for us yet... let me enjoy this honeymoon period, please!" [18:57]

-- Aaron Lefkove on Arts & Seizures

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