Kenn Morgan and Carl Thiel: THE BURNHAM AND DODGE ART HOUR

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7/19/17 Our 100th episode which also happens to be our last show! Ave atque vale, everybody!
Messrs. Burnham and Dodge welcome Bob Schultz, Monica Morgan, and Tim Raymond to ThinkTwiceRadio’s Studio A to celebrate one hundred shows of the Art Hour. We play excerpts from previous shows, including our very first episode featuring Kenn’s original co-host, ‘South Buffalo’ Bob Schultz (from 2009). Topics include weirdo photography, conflict in art, dogs and daughters, black people on TV, butt enhancing with duct tape, and a word about wieners. We await the arrival of the Answer Man whose search for The Lost Penumbra comes to an epic conclusion. He appears with an amazing proposition of cosmic proportions for Carl. We also hear from Cat Catastrophe and Monica and Bob recite some poetry. Our musical selections include “I’m a Truck” – Wild Man Fischer, “Everybody’s Truckin’” – The Modern Mountaineers, “Just Kidding Around” – Artie Shaw Orchestra, “Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone” - Bert Lown & His Hotel Biltmore Orchestra, and “We'll Meet Again” - Vera Lynn.

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4/05/17 Our fund-raising pledge drive show held so that we can procure a better grade of gin
Long-time listeners know that we imbibe regularly during the taping of the Burnham & Dodge Art Hour. This is the eleventh hour of our marathon pledge drive that would enable us to purchase a better grade of gin. We are joined in this pecuniary endeavor by Karen Albarella, Steve Siegel, George Grace and John ‘The Answer Man’ Farallo in the ThinkTwiceRadio studios for periodic pledge updates, answering phone calls, interviewing informative special guests (e.g., Wilton Maberly, Dr. E.M. Wrong), and presenting feature-length movies, in addition to live performances by Darlene Andrews, Richie Havens, the Random Sects Band, Geek Edwards and the Hifalutin Boys, and a capella tap dancing by the one and only Benny Price. Call in, take the pledge, and listen as we take to the airwaves in search of moolah! George and Steve assisted Carl in writing the script for this madcap episode.

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3/16/17 Doctors of dirt, skeletons, horses, spider-walking in Spanish, and telling time in Puerto Rico
We welcome to the ThinkTwice studios Michele Hayward and Michael Cinquino, professional archaeologists located in Buffalo. We learn the difference between paleontology (the study of pre-human life) and anthropology (the study of human life) and how real-life archaeology differs from Hollywood archaeology. Michele tells of digging through tons of garbage outside an old Spanish fort in Puerto Rico, of finding a skeleton of a man sitting in a chair in an abandoned house, and Mike explains his original approach to cultural anthropology in Mexico.

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2/8/17 Mashed potatoes, olive oil, funny hats, vegetables al dente, and cricket protein bars
We're really cookin' now as we welcome into the ThinkTwice studios David Rennie and Marleta Stansberry, professional chefs affiliated with the D’Avolio Culinary Institute here in Buffalo, New York. We learn how one moves up in a kitchen, about Serbian rice, food allergies, practical uses for out-of-date spices, how cooking for twenty is as easy as cooking for six, the health benefits of playing in dirt, the importance of making mashed potatoes, and how to avoid the stress brought on by watching the Food Network. Plus! If you act now, you’ll receive a Burnham & Dodge exclusive: tasty recipes for scrambled eggs and French toast!

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1/18/17 Cold chills, fluency, sartorial acumen, mistletoe, and a dinosaur-free America: our tribute to John Stiny
Kenn and Carl are joined by John Farallo (the ‘Answer Man’) for a special Burnham & Dodge tribute to our dear friend and gin-drinking confrere, the German-born raconteur, John Wolfgang Stiny, who left us on Christmas Eve, 2016. It’s John’s baritone voice that listeners hear introducing each show. We share fond memories of John and play selections from past shows wherein he relates stories of the Brazilian navy, Buffalo’s ‘Fort’ Makowski, and James Joyce, and recites quaint yuletide poetry. In the jovial spirit engendered all along by our departed comrade, we also play silly commercials, a new Answer Man segment, and recorded songs hand-picked by John. Auf wiedersehen, dear friend!

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1/3/17 Charter schools, the gentle art, girl power, having babies, and a history of the Great Lakes
Our one hundredth guest is Serena Kotch who tells us about her work as a teacher, a union president, and a martial artist (jujitsu and tai kwon do), a skill which must come in handy when negotiating contracts. Serena has strong opinions and we didn’t argue with her because she can disable us with one finger. Also on hand is painter and teacher Richard Christian who relates how the Chinese school system differs from the United States. Kenn offers his own method for settling conflicts and instructs us on a novel use for duct tape while hunting. We also promote our upcoming pledge drive show so that we can get a better grade of gin! And remember people: teachers are NOT the Devil!

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11/16/16 Architectural abstracts, geometric patterns, and drive-by shooting (with a camera)
Prize-winning photographer and itinerant pediatrician Robert Schulman joins us as we talk about the rich sense of geometry in his work, seeing art in one’s viewfinder, collaborating with printers, and promote the philosophy of architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974). The Answer Man addresses bigotry and how to deal with it and Kenn provides another novel use for duct tape.

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10/26/16 Spiral architecture, looking for frogs, tropical hot dogs, and plundering your dad's collection
We welcome back to the ThinkTwice studios fan of “good” music all across the musical spectrum, Clyde Space, who brings with him another batch of weird and wonderful records from his personal collection. Among his selections are tracks by such disparate artists as Chuck Mangione, Hillow Hammet, Creepy John Thomas (blues rock), Jane Morgan (chanteuse), Swedish and Norwegian metal bands Karaboudjan and Karthago, Be-Bop Deluxe (glam rock), 10cc (pop), Spiral Architect (metal), Endura (whose music is recommended for fasting until death), Elephant Talk (Japanese lounge music), Captain Beefheart, and we go out on a film score by no longer little Stevie Wonder.

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10/4/16 Retiring Socrates, dancing in the dark, Vesuvius china, and the pursuit of the other side
David Landrey, poet and retired professor of English from Buffalo State College, joins us in a witty and rambling discussion of the state of education, living poets and jazz in Buffalo. In this episode you’ll hear about tap-dancing mimes, English education, how the Turks go to the bathroom, writing about poetry, baseball and philosophy, using the right pen for the right job, and testing students on snippets of literature. David reads two of his witty and wry poems for us. Kenn presents a masterful solution to the vexed problem of leaving the seat up. Listen for David’s sly Melville reference around the 41:00 mark! We also toast to Dan Pordum, the late Buffalo comedian and erstwhile host of ThinkTwiceRadio’s Guerilla Radio.

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9/7/16 Speaking of Black Elk, Rumi, love dogs, bottomless gifts, and those lying real estate guys
Our guest is Joel Lesses, host of the ThinkTwiceRadio program, UNRAVELING RELIGION. Joel calls his show a series of talks and that’s what we do in this episode: we break one of our institutional taboos for an informative discussion of religion and spirituality. Throughout the hour we look at how we explore, evolve, and determine success; how it takes bravery to ask genuine questions, ascertaining one’s legacy (establishing the measure of our lives), how we are works-in-progress, interpreting emotions through music, creating through courage, and LEAVE IT TO BEAVER was a lie.

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8/17/16 The business of comics, censorship, the perils of dating a superhero, and relating to Spider-Man
Long-time collector Barry Pearl talks about his six decades reading and collecting comic books. Barry has written a book about the Marvel Age and contributed to important histories of Marvel and comic books in general. He fills us in on the business of comics, how the movies have changed the industry, while stressing reading for the fun of it. Barry reveals the astonishing connection between Wonder Woman and the polygraph, the surprising popularity of monkeys and the color yellow, and the true secret of making money in comics.

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7/13/16 Applied art, recognizing that art is work, and following Jack Kerouac out of the city of no illusions
Our guest is Michael Morgulis, originator of Buffalo-based imagery for more than forty years and owner of the Local Color Gallery. Known for his novel silk-screened T-shirt and poster designs, Michael moved into the field of edible art, producing a series of delectable “food portraits.” Michael studied with world-famous graphic designer Milton Glaser, tells of his association with fellow Buffalo underground artist Spain Rodriguez, his sojourn in San Francisco during the sixties, and explains how he came up with one of his most iconic designs during the Blizzard of ‘77.

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6/27/16 Immaterial, irrelevant, rehabilitating, reparations, and seeing judges as human beings
Our guest this month, the Hon. David Zwink, is a district court judge in Alaska. Dave treats us to an entertaining and informative overview of his years in courtrooms and judicial goings-on in our 49th State, how television gives the wrong impression of legal proceedings, the People’s Court, what getting off on a technicality really means, staying awake in court, Alaskan resident oil payments, the nagging theory of rehabilitation, how full moons affect behavior, taking oneself seriously, and how expectations are the source of all disappointment.

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6/1/16 Painting babies, seeking contrition while journeying to the heart of darkness
Two painters who do not hesitate to explore the dark side of human nature in their work, Richard Christian and Gary L. Wolfe join us in an aural experiment in which we recorded the entire show in the dark, illumined only by the subdued light of a lava lamp. Among the topics discussed is humanism in art, sacred relics, sloppy curatorship, approaching vulnerability, embracing mystery, and engendering compassion through art. The featured songs in this show about the dark side are “Cold Dark River” by Minnie Driver, “Dark Was the Night” by Blind Willie Johnson, and we had no choice but to finish with “The End” by The Doors.
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4/27/16 Seeing in the abstract, photographing moving targets, and being in the moment
Paula Sciuk is a photographer of reflective surfaces who tells us about her recent trips to Iceland, how music (in Paula’s case, that’s David Bowie) affects us, the importance of branding yourself, seeking the permission to be who we are, and being in the moment. Other topics we touch upon are: the intimacy of photography, titling one’s work, why large images are valid, multi-dimensionality and the ever-changing nature of water. Kenn instructs us on using duct tape to equip a makeshift softball game. “The moment captured cannot be duplicated and is irretrievable.” To see examples of Paula’s work, go here.
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3/9/16 Bug cuisine, canaries, otters, murderous cats, penguin love, and laughing kookaburas
Our guest is Mark Carra, naturalist in residence for the Beaver Meadows Audubon Center in North Java, New York. He regales us about his delightful experiences chasing penguins on the lawn of the White House, handling wallabys and alligators with the late Steve Irwin and Jack Hanna. We hear about animal cooperation, wolves and dogs, imprinting, ear worms, bearcats, and how canaries are related to dogs. Mark talks about the passenger pigeon and we hear how your pet cat Muffy is responsible for killing one trillion birds every year. Mark often speaks at schools about nature and finds it very effective when he impersonates people from history including John James Audubon, Charles Darwin, Daniel Boone, and Theodore Roosevelt.
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2/24/16 Infundibula, fruitcakes, rings, and the subterranean wacky land of Sarah Palin country
BDAH announcer extraordinaire John Stiny joins us in celebrating the Answer Man’s five years on the show. Yes, that’s right, the Answer Man arrived in early 2011, supplying answers to life’s most perplexing questions. John S fills us in on the history of the Answer Men. The Answer Man relates his latest adventure with the mysterious creature Meconium in his intent search for the Lost Penumbra. Kenn plays an important role in discovering a fresh clue in a year-old fruitcake. Throughout the show, we play recordings of previous visits by the Answer Man. We also pay tribute to the late Elizabeth Lambert Mararian, photographer and beautiful person, who was a guest on our show twice.
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1/20/16 Improvising, schmoozing, scary clowns, bicoastalism, and wearing many hats
Writer, actor, producer Siluo Gompah divides her time equally between Los Angeles and Buffalo and while she was in the Queen City, she found time to join us in the ThinkTwice studio. Siluo (all 1.64 meters of her) has two production companies, Delta Echo and Esther Egg, and answers our questions on what, exactly, does a producer, do? She also talks about the difference in front of and behind the camera, how improvisation has affected her acting, and how acting can simply be exhausting. Kenn asks her about the brouhaha over black representation in the 2016 nominations for the Academy Award and tokenism in film-making.
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12/2/15 Tasting the cheapness, the snowflake disease, Eleanor Powell, and moving day
Weekend morning host Christopher Jamele talks of his years on radio and not-for-profit fund-raising, lets us in on the key to bartending, and his sole performance in a ballet. With equal facility, Chris reveals the secret of getting a job and supplies a catchphrase for our show’s longtime sponsor. By the way, he also happens to be Executive Director of the National Parkinson Foundation of Western New York and talks at length about it.
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11/24/15 Honcho, Suspiria, space magic, music to eat, snakes and surrendering to a stranger
Music collector Clyde Space returns with a new batch of obscure tunes from his own extensive collection. His genre-spanning music this time includes NFL themes of the 1970s, country-western and progressive rock as we venture sonically from the mountains of Tangier and Indonesia all the way to a little bit south of Saskatoon. Featured artists are Sam Spence, William Soden, Italy’s Goblin, Sonny James, Soft Cell, Scott Walker, Trial of the Bow, the outrageous Hampton Grease Band, Ulver (from Norway), and the world premiere of Clyde’s own composition for gamelan.
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10/21/15 Controlling artwork, the confusion between beauty and deformity, and “genius” as currency
Since 2009, artist Fotini Galanes has been drawing what she calls hyper-realistic abstract art using graphite and ground porcelain clay board. Her work is hard to define yet profoundly affects those who see it. On this episode of the BDAH, she tells how her drawing is influenced by her life experience, her emotional state, the people around her, and also music. “The work is telling me where it needs to move, but I’m controlling where it needs to stay.” She discusses working in public spaces, her transition from commercial artist to fine artist and the new directions these drawings have taken her.
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12/08/15 The Burnham & Dodge Art Hour Super Colossal Christmas Show for 2015
We host our bi-annual Christmas show with rum and egg nog, music and merriment, ably assisted by John Stiny, John Farallo (the Answer Man), and Karen Albarella. Kenn introduces Christmas facts, John S explains the Norse origins of mistletoe and reads a poem about it. We are proud to announce the return of the Burnham & Dodge Art Players in an exciting (sort of) dramatic presentation, “Kenn's Arctic Adventure on the Island of Misfit Toys,” wherein our intrepid heroes pursue clues that may lead them at last to the Lost Penumbra. This jam-packed episode is presented amid the typical assortment of holiday songs by Tom Lehrer, Spike Jones, the Fibs and the Dick Robertson Orchestra.
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