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12:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Review: Best American Essays 2013

The Best American Essays, edited by Cheryl Strayed, is an anthology worth reading if you enjoy the strictly personal narrative.  And, although the essays in the collection offer a wide breadth of writing approaches, there's a sameness to them that makes the 2013 collection less than rewarding.

The collection has a round up the usual suspects feel to it, as the essayists deal with the all-too-familiar and the all-too-ordinary.

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News
10:27 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Hurt Artist: suicidal junkie to Ironman

Shane Niemeyer is an Ironman triathlete, but it's been a long road, longer than his 38years.  His autobiography The Hurt Artist - My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman begins with a description of the day he tried to hang himself in the Ada County Jail (Boise, Idaho).

"The moment before I jumped, I wanted to end my life.  Having come through that, as the hours turned to days, I was very grateful to have come through it," Niemeyer told Steve Chavis and George Peck on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."  "It changed everything."

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Music
10:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Pianist John Coates, Jr

This week on the Vinyl Vault we’ll hear some jazz from Delaware Water Gap, PA. Pianist John Coates, Jr. released a double album in 1981 called “Pocono Friends.” Some of his guests on the album include Phil Woods, Urbie Green and guitarist Harry Leahey. Tune in to the Vinyl Vault, tonight at 8:30 on KUVO/KVJZ. 

News
3:03 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Are you familiar with the Cacao Plant?

On Wednesday morning Steve Chavis talks to Denver herbalist Mavis Salazar about “The Power of the Cacao Plant” at Museo de las Americas on Thursday.  We get a preview LIVE on First Take! Mavis speaks at the Museo on Thursday, May 22 at 6pm. The Museo's current exhibit is La Cocina,  Note from Maruca: The smell of fresh baked pan de muerto, the taste of a tortilla hot from the comal, the colorful pitalla mel

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1:28 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Ask the White Guy: corporate diversity in 2014

Even in 2014, incidents of  racial bias still show up on the public stage.  Exhibit A: L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling - even his apology on CNN  revealed more bias.  From the  website that breaks down diversity issues as they affect the business community - DiversityInc.com - CEO Luke Visconti visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis." "I can't imagine any sensible person ... making those statements, but continuing to make them," said Visconti.

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