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Thursday, March 6, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Syria / Sacramento Food Trucks / Tap Rooms / Sound Advice




Syria A Davis man has been providing support to a Syrian refugee in Jordan – who is also a doctor – in his efforts to treat his wounded countrymen. Ryan Snyder Thompson worked in Syria during the start of uprisings there and has been working with ISAPS-LEAP Surgical Relief Teams. He recently returned from Jordan, where he met with Dr. Anas and saw the work he was doing. Dr. Anas is a Gastrointestinal surgeon and former Professor at Damascus University. He now runs the Treating the Wounded Syrian Program as the Chief Administrator. We talk with both men about the refugee situation in Jordan and why surgery is needed.

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Photos courtesy of the LEAP Foundation

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Ryan Snyder Thompson is Director of International Disaster Relief at the LEAP Foundation

Food Trucks Sacramento’s food truck scene has grown a lot since the first gourmet food on wheels hit the streets in January 2011. We’ll talk to Andrew "Drewski" Blaskovich about his food truck’s success and with Paul Somerhausen, the co-founder and director of SactoMoFo, about the food truck movement in Sacramento.

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Drewski's Food Truck / Facebook

Tap rooms Neighborhood brewers are moving out of their garages and into brick and mortar storefronts across the Sacramento region. Beer Week is a testament to this proliferation. But what’s behind the growing number of small breweries and taprooms? And what separates them from a bar or restaurant? Joining us to answer these questions and put their beers to the test in tasting challenge are brewers from New Helvetia Brewing Co. and Track 7.  They’ll also explain why food trucks get along so well with microbreweries, and vice versa.

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Sound Advice Capital Public Radio’s classical morning host Kent Teeters brings us a new recording of some of Beethoven’s classic symphonies, as well as music from a new DVD/CD combo celebrating great art along with great musical masters. We’ll hear a selection from Vivaldi’s “Bassoon Concerto” from “House of Dreams.”

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Featured recordings:

Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 5 and 7

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Label: Orpheus, CD #1


House of Dreams (various composers)


Label: Tafelmusik Media, CD/DVD #1020


Moeran: Cello Concerto/Serenade

Ulster Orchestra; conductor JoAnn Falletta

Label: Naxos, CD #8573034


Miraculous Metamorphoses: Hindemith, Prokofiev, Bartok

Kansas City Symphony; conductor Michael Stern

Label: Reference Recordings. CD #132

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