Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thu Aug 27, 2009

On Today's Show:

Matt Rossell "In Defense of Animals"
Our mission is to end animal exploitation, cruelty, and abuse by protecting and advocating for the rights, welfare, and habitats of animals, as well as to raise their status beyond mere property, commodities, or things. Founded in 1983, In Defense of Animals (IDA) has long been at the forefront of the fight for animal rights. Our efforts over the years have resulted in some exceptional accomplishments and achievements both at home and abroad.

Jess Weiner "A Very Hungry Girl and Life Doesn’t Begin Five Pounds from Now"
The increasing pressure girls face to do it all and do it perfectly is causing girls to pursue unattainable “super girl status” that is stressing them out and causing their self-esteem to plummet. In fact, seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, according to a Dove Self-Esteem Fund report.
Parents can make a difference during the back-to-school period by helping girls navigate difficult issues around body image, boys, and the pressure to do well in school. While the top wish among girls is for their parents to communicate better with them[1], many parents just do not know how to start the conversation. The Dove Self-Esteem Fund has collaborated with Jess Weiner, best-selling author and self-esteem expert, to create tips to help parents tackle some of the toughest subjects teen girls face today. Jess can discuss these tips and identify ways that parents and mentors can talk to girls about tough subjects and make a difference in their lives to build their self-esteem.

Joey Vento "Geno's Steaks" Philadelphia (Cheese Steaks)
Geno's Steaks owner, Joey Vento has devoted his entire life to building his Geno's Steaks, leaving him little or no time for any outside interests. That is, until recently, when he decided to get involved in biking. Well, like everything else Joey does, he gave it his all.
After getting professional training and obtaining his license, he bought his first Harley. Not too long after that, he graduated to a larger bike and then went on to purchasing a third bike. All the bikes are housed across from Geno's, leading people to believe that he also runs a Harley business. Having the bikes close to his business affords him the opportunity to take off and ride with his friends after putting in his usual 7 Day a Week, 4am to 11am schedule.
It's a time to relax and unwind and when people kid him and say he's having a second childhood, he explains that's not the case; this is his first childhood. He was too busy working when he was younger, and only now, can he take off a little time to enjoy himself.
Geno's Steaks was started by Joe Vento back in 1966. He figured that if he was going to sell a steak, he had to be where they were already eating the "X" shaped intersection of 9th & Passyunk in South Philadelphia. Joe learned the cheese steak business from his father who in the early 1940's opened "Jim's Steaks". In 1966, Joe started "Geno's" with $6.00 in his pocket, 2 boxes of steaks and some hot dogs. His competitors all gave him six months to succeed and Joe laughed at them. As a twist of fate, there was already a Joe's Steak Place and Joe had to come up with a new name. He noticed a broken door in the back of his store on which a neighborhood boy by the name of "GINO" had painted his name. Joe liked the name but at that time, there was a food chain by that name and he did not want to confuse his business with that chain. So, he simply changed the "I" to "E" and decided to name his store GENO'S. In 1971, when their son was born, Joe and his wife Eileen decided to name him after their business. His son Geno works along with his father in a managerial capacity as well as handling many of the "behind the scene" tasks helping to make the business such a success. Since those days, Geno's has offered the best of cheese steaks. The ingredients are simple, exacting and never greasy thinly sliced rib-eye steak, melted cheese, oven-fresh baked bread and delicately grilled onions. Awaiting your piping hot sandwich on the counter outside are ketchup, mustard, relish and Joe's choice hot sauce. Be prepared and know how to order, because the service is fast and the line keeps moving. For example, on a cheese steak with onions specify which kind of cheese you'd like (Provolone, American or Cheese Whiz). By the time you have given your order, your money will be taken and your sandwich will be out the window nice and hot! At the next window you can pick up your soda, fries and coffee. Geno's is open 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week. There is no indoor dining, but there are tables under canopies on the sidewalk for those who wish to enjoy sandwiches on the premises rather than drive off with them. Stop by when you're in town and see why Geno's Steaks has become a Philadelphia tradition.

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