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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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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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This week on Eating Disorder, the guys take on the topic of the beloved diner with guest Nikos Katsanevakis, Entrepreneur and Manager of Kellogg's Diner in Williamsburg, NYC. Since establishing itself as a neighborhood beacon in 1928, Kellogg's Diner has prided itself in maintaining great dishes, including Greek entrees, at great prices. Tune in as the crew discusses the importance of diner culture and where the future of the American diner is headed. This program was sponsored by Heritage Foods USA.

"Diners are a place where you will see a couple holding hands, great ideas happening at 4 o'clock in the morning... franchises don't have that." [9:50]

"This is part of American culture, and culture also has to be for the future." [32:40]

-- Nikos Katsanevakis on Eating Disorder


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