First Take

Eats & Beats
3:33 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

From Cuba to Panama to Denver: Yolo Rum

"Don Pancho" Fernandez makes his rum in Panama for the Denver-based Yolo label.

A love story.  A passion story.  How could a story about premium sipping rum be about anything else?  Phillip Guerin, president of the Denver distributing company that sells Yolo Rum in the U.S., tells that story.

The idea, the philosophy came first, says Guerin.   The brand's name is the acronym for the popular credo  "you only live once."  Next, he and his wife went on a search for a fine rum and discovered Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez, a Cuban master rum blender (ronero), who lives in Panama and now distributes two of his formulas exclusively through Yolo .

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Eats & Beats
3:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NY style pizza on parade: Anthony's

Foldable and sold by the slice.  That's the signature of the New York style pizza pie.  But it's more than that, says John LeBel, president of Anthony's Pizza and Pasta.

"Thin styled crust.  It's large, 22 to 24 inches across, and good cheese, freshly grated," said LeBel, a native New Yorker.  Former NY resident Carlos Lando and LeBel compared notes on pizza parlors in NYC on this interview.

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News
2:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Matchwits crowns Grand Junction champions, next season applications due in May

Carlos and Steve have been "playing along" with the students on Colorado's high school quiz show "Matchwits" this season.  Congratulations to Grand Junction High School, this season's champions. Rocky Mountain PBS show producer Scott Jones joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with a recap and look ahead at next season's show.  (Listen for Scott's jazz trivia question.  No surprise: Carlos - 1, Steve - 0.)

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Book Review
1:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Guns, Germs, and Steel - still valid?

In this book review, Dr. Robert Greer reflects on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize non-fiction book Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.

Does it hold up?  Are Diamond's late 20th century conclusions and forecasts enduring?  Click on the "Listen" bar above to hear Dr. Greer's view.

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Arts and Culture
3:33 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Return of the record players

Longtime "crate divers" (DJs who spend long hours flipping through racks of old vinyl records) are enjoying some redemption these days.  The arguments over the audio fidelity have been won by the 
"analogs," it seems.  Records rule!  And now, turntable manufacturers can say, "we're back."

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