WBEZ | mo rocca http://www.wbez.org/tags/mo-rocca Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Are healthy school lunches making it past the lunch line? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-13/morning-shift-are-healthy-school-lunches-making-it <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Lunch - Flickr - healthy lunch ideas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look a the dark corners of underground adoption. What is making people pursue this option? And Congress has mandated that school lunches should get healthier, but there have been some complaints. What&#39;s really happening on the lunch line?</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-64/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-64.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-64" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Are healthy school lunches making it past the lunch line? " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-13/morning-shift-are-healthy-school-lunches-making-it The Mo Rocca Interview http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/mo-rocca-interview-104589 <p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.28590838527447426"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mo%20Rocca.jpg" style="height: 280px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Mo Rocca cooks, makes documentaries and writes books. What a mensch. (Thom Kaine)" />Today I chat with a man whose voice you&rsquo;re probably familiar with if you&rsquo;re a regular NPR listener, as he&rsquo;s a frequent panelist on </span><em>Wait, Wait...Don&rsquo;t Tell Me!</em></p><p>Also a former<em> Daily Show </em>correspondent, he&rsquo;s now contributing his corresponding talents to <em>CBS News Sunday Morning</em>. Recently, he starred in the documentary <em><a href="http://electoraldysfunction.org/">Electoral Dysfunction</a></em>, which looks at how much there is to know and not-know about the Electoral College. If that weren&rsquo;t enough, he&rsquo;s also got a Cooking Channel show called <em><a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/my-grandmothers-ravioli/my-grandmothers-ravioli/index.html">My Grandmother&#39;s Ravioli</a></em>, as he learns to cook from this country&rsquo;s fine crop of grandparents.<br /><br /><strong>Who have been some of the guests to call in for &ldquo;Not My Job&rdquo; on WWDTM that you felt starstruck by?</strong><br />Well <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130739954">Dick Van Dyke was just the best</a>. &nbsp;When he sang the lyrics to The <em>Dick Van Dyke Show</em> theme (who knew there were <a href="http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/t/thedickvandykeshowthemesong.shtml">words</a>?!), we were all beyond thrilled. &nbsp;Those 45 seconds were maybe the most exciting 45 seconds of my career -- and I was just listening.<br /><br /><strong>If your grandchildren cooked with you one day, what recipe do you think would be most pleasant or meaningful to make with them?</strong><br />Probably my own grandmother&#39;s ravioli -- and that&#39;s not just a plug for my show (Cooking Channel, Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET). &nbsp;My grandmother was an amazing lady. &nbsp;She worked full-time at a downtown DC department store (in the china and crystal dept) until she was 87. &nbsp;She would often walk to and from work, about 3 miles. No kidding. &nbsp;And she insisted on making these gargantuan holiday meals for us. &nbsp;(My own mother worked hard and cooked for us all week so she needed a break.) &nbsp;Making the ravioli (big handmade pasta envelopes filled with ground beef, spinach and garlic -- really pretty simple), with a light tomato sauce, would be a great way to keep her memory alive. &nbsp;And they&#39;re delicious.<br /><br /><strong>What are some of the Rocca family holiday-time culinary traditions?</strong><br />Lots of pies. &nbsp;Lemon meringue, apple, cherry, pumpkin. &nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>What&rsquo;s the best thing you&rsquo;ve eaten recently?</strong><br />My romantic life has been scandalously quiet recently. &nbsp;The duck poutine I had at <a href="http://www.bistrosixone.com/">Bistro Six-One in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario</a> (I was there doing a story on the Canadian perspective on the War of 1812) made up for that. &nbsp;It was so good, it sent me to another place. &nbsp;Honestly I didn&#39;t know what was happening to me. &nbsp;Every one of my chakras was in overdrive. (Please note, I do not know what chakras are.) &nbsp;I only wish Rob Reiner&#39;s mother had been there to witness the scene. &nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>What are some of the most surprising things you learned during the making of <em>Electoral Dysfunction</em>?</strong><br />We don&#39;t have a constitutionally enshrined affirmative right to vote. &nbsp;And that&#39;s not just some quirky factoid. &nbsp;It&#39;s the root of the very confusing and costly and chaotic way that elections are run in this country. &nbsp;And it continues to corrode our confidence in democracy.<br /><br />Also, people who make documentaries are people of deep faith in the value of content over flash. &nbsp;They have to believe in what they&#39;re making to see their projects through years of struggle. &nbsp;I am lucky to have worked with <a href="http://www.turingfilm.com/about/production-team/bennett-singer">Bennett Singer</a> (from Chicago!), <a href="http://ny011.urj.net/DavidDeschamps.htm">David DesChamps</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0268266/">Leslie Farrell</a>.<br /><br /><strong>You have a background in musical theater; what&rsquo;s a favorite old show of yours you think is underrated that you&rsquo;d love to see revived on a major stage?</strong><br />Gee whiz, everything has been revived at least a couple times by now. &nbsp;I don&#39;t know the book of <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anyone_Can_Whistle">Anyone Can Whistle</a></em> (and maybe that&#39;s the problem) but the score is so great. &nbsp;I&#39;d like to see that. &nbsp;I&#39;m also curious to see if they can ever get<em> Funny Girl</em> back to Broadway. &nbsp;Streisand was so outsized by the time she did it at the ripe old age of 21. &nbsp;I think it would be great to see it with revived with someone who&#39;s equally larger than life (if that&#39;s possible). &nbsp;Maybe Lady Gaga as Fanny Brice? &nbsp;(She could also play lead in <em>Bells Are Ringing</em> - what a score! - in the Judy Holliday role. &nbsp;I&#39;m stealing that idea from my good friend Gerard Alessandrini, creator of <a href="http://www.forbiddenbroadway.com/">Forbidden Broadway</a>.)<br /><br /><strong>Typically, what&rsquo;s the first step you take when researching your interview subjects?</strong><br />Read anything I can about them. &nbsp;If I&#39;m doing a profile, I don&#39;t shy away from watching interviews of them on YouTube. &nbsp;I hate to resort to this, but if they&#39;re giving me nothing I&#39;ll go to stories I know they&#39;ve told before, if only to loosen them up.<br /><br /><strong>Do you have any tricks on how to improve the situation when a subject is being unfriendly, taciturn or just plain boring?</strong><br />Change the subject abruptly. &nbsp;Philip Seymour Hoffman is a difficult interview. &nbsp;(If I ever meet him again, I&#39;ll tell him -- and I mean this in a totally non-snarky way -- that he <em>should not be giving interviews</em>. &nbsp;He&#39;s one of the few actors who doesn&#39;t need to. &nbsp;He&#39;s that good at acting. &nbsp;The work speaks for itself. &nbsp;Giving an interview is apparently painful for him ... and it&#39;s ain&#39;t a picnic for the interviewer.) &nbsp;Anyway, out of the blue, I said &quot;You know who&#39;s terrific? Laura Linney!&quot; &nbsp;Of course she is terrific. &nbsp;And Hoffman smiled and really loosened up for a bit. &nbsp;I think he was happy to talk about someone else and he appreciated the spontaneity. &nbsp;Or maybe it just surprised him.<br /><br /><strong>Who are some dream interview subjects of yours?</strong><br />Oh heck, why deny it, Streisand. &nbsp;But I wouldn&#39;t let her know it&#39;s a dream. &nbsp;That would irritate her. &nbsp;Of course I wouldn&#39;t act like it&#39;s a chore. &nbsp;I&#39;d find a balance. &nbsp;(Yes, I&#39;ve rehearsed the interview 50 times. &nbsp;Just me and a chair a la Clint at the RNC.)<br /><br /><strong>What&rsquo;s the most difficult part about writing for children&rsquo;s television?</strong><br />Keeping everything moving. &nbsp;You can&#39;t mark time or tread water, like you can in grown-up entertainment. Kids are too smart. &nbsp;They&#39;ll get instantly distracted if the story isn&#39;t moving forward. &nbsp;Writing for them is the best exercise in learning how to write dynamically.<br /><br /><strong>If you wrote <a href="http://www.amazon.com/All-Presidents-Pets-Reporter-Refused/dp/1400052262/ref=la_B001K8W3AQ_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1356643826&amp;sr=1-1">a new book</a>, what do you think it would be about? Would you return to humor/satire or do something a little more straightforward?</strong><br />I want to do more history. &nbsp;I want it to be funny. &nbsp;Maybe more naturally funny. &nbsp;Less high-concept. &nbsp;(Helen Thomas as a turkey buzzard who had an affair with Millard Fillmore qualifies as high-concept, yes?)<br /><br /><strong>How does it feel to be the 336th person interviewed for<a href="http://zulkey.com/WBEZ?"> Zulkey.com/WBEZ?</a></strong><br />That&#39;s the area code for Winston-Salem, NC where I spent two of the best summers of my life, studying acting at the North Carolina School of the Arts. &nbsp;I&#39;ll always be grateful to my parents for sending me there and the teachers who taught me (sorry I never lost my lisp!) and the friends I made, including Lisa Anderson (who lives in Greensboro, also 336!) and Parker Posey, who has gone on to have a spectacular career!</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/mo-rocca-interview-104589 'Afternoon Shift' #182: Election 'cycle http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-05/afternoon-shift-182-election-cycle-103668 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/osgood chopper451_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-182-title.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-182-title" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #182: Election 'cycle " on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #182: Election 'cycle </h1><h2>Election day is swiftly approaching. We talk to Mo Rocca about his new documentary &quot;Electoral Dysfunction.&quot; Musician Kaki King joins us for a live performance and interview. And finally, Rick will be joined by the comedy-musical troupe the Bicycle Men.</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Fri, Nov 02 2012 14:41:02</p><div>The real Charles Osgood by WBEZRick Kogan's daily essay.</div><div>Over the next four days, the presidential campaigns will swarm key battleground states in an effort to capture precious electoral votes still up for grabs. But what about the rest of us? Does electoral math leave some feeling left out of the equation? Political satirist&nbsp;Mo Rocca&nbsp;set off on a mission to find out and shared his observations in the new documentary,&nbsp;<i><a href="http://electoraldysfunction.org/" class="">Electoral Dysfunction</a></i>.&nbsp;</div><div>Mo Rocca tells us about his new documentary 'Electoral Dysfunction' by WBEZOver the next four days, the presidential campaigns will swarm key battleground states in an effort to capture precious electoral votes s...</div><div>Electoraldysfunction</div><div>Photographer Charles Osgood visits with Rick to talk about his fascinating near-50 year career as a photo journalist.</div><div>Photojournalist Charles Osgood catches up with partner-in-crime Rick Kogan by WBEZPhotographer Charles Osgood visits with Rick to talk about his fascinating near-50 year career as a photo journalist.</div><div>Studs TerkelFacebook</div><div>About Rick Kogan, Charles Osgood, and the Sidewalks Book ...Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood Photo by Chris Walker Author Rick Kogan and photographer Charles Osgood, founders of Sidewalks Book Company.</div><div>Rolling Stone has referred to her as a “guitar god,” she’s a favorite of the music programmers at NPR, and you might have even caught her mug in a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2U7eV6g1gc" class="">Gap ad</a>.&nbsp;Musician Kaki King joins us on the show for a live performance and interview!</div><div>Doing live incidental music for @WBEZ before my interview at the end of the show. I &lt;3 public radio!!!Kaki King</div><div>RT @katieobez: Super meta: Tribune photog Charles Osgood snapping pics of kakiking on #AfternoonShift on @akeefe #pho http://instagr.am/p/RifdqytL0w/JustinKaufmann</div><div>Musician Kaki King talks technique and performance by WBEZRolling Stone has referred to her as a &quot;guitar god,&quot; she's a favorite of the music programmers at NPR, and you might have even caught her...</div><div>Today’s Front &amp; Center is part 2 of Jackie’s story. Jackie is a 25-year-old young woman who is living the American Dream. But it’s a vastly different one than what we once would have identified.</div><div>A different dream for the American workerTraditional unions struggle to re-assert their power in the historic stronghold of the American labor movement-Michigan.</div><div>To continue the Front &amp; Center conversation, we'll sit down with Dan Swinney, founder of the Center for Labor and Community Research. <br></div><div>Front and Center conversation with Dan Swinney by WBEZDan Swinney, founder of the Center for Labor and Community Research, joins Rick to create a conversation around the final installment in ...</div><div>The comedy-musical troupe Bicycle Men blend satire and music. The 4-piece joins Afternoon Shift to perform, and tell us more about their stage show. They're playing at Up Comedy Club tonight at 8:00 PM. <br></div><div>The Bicycle Men perform and chat about their comedy by WBEZThe comedy-musical troupe Bicycle Men blend satire and music. The 4-piece joins Afternoon Shift to perform, and tell us more about their ...</div><div>Welcome to The Bicycle Men&quot;You may laugh so hard you'll fear for your health.&quot; London Daily Telegraph &quot;Brilliant and funny.&quot; Steve Martin &quot;I thoroughly enjoyed The...</div></noscript></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-05/afternoon-shift-182-election-cycle-103668