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Mr. Nischan Goes To Washington

According to yesterday’s NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Michel Nischan is “usually found cooking in his restaurant in one of Connecticut’s toniest towns.”

That would be The Dressing Room, here in Westport.

Michel Nischan

But according to reporter Allison Aubrey, this week the world renowned chef was in Washington, DC. Nearly 1,000 “corporate movers and shakers” attended a summit aimed at shaping private sector solutions to America’s obesity epidemic.

Actually, Paul Newman’s erstwhile partner was not just sitting listening to lectures. He cooked up a storm.

A creative, healthful, and very, very flavorful storm.

Introducing Nischan, Aubrey said, “you don’t need fancy foraged mushrooms or Connecticut oysters to make a great first course.”

Nischan whipped up something that cost “pennies,” and included “anti-oxidants, fiber and all kind of wonderful things like that.”

He added an entree of heirloom grain risotto with autumn vegetables — a “seasonal feast on a reality-check budget.”

Nischan is “passionate” about seeing a sea change in the way Americans eat, the radio report said.

Aubrey went on to examine the small ways in which restaurant chains like Olive Garden, and retailers like Walmart, are leveraging size and scale to change eating habits (at no cost to their  bottom lines).

The piece ended as it began: with a focus on Nischan.

Chicken thighs call for creativity.

He roasted chicken thighs for the 800 summit attendees, adding cloves and cumin to “drive down fat, and amp up flavor.”

The guests loved the seasonal ingredients, and exciting food combinations. They cleaned their plates.

At least one corporation was converted. Hyatt Hotels announced a plan to remake some menus — starting with its kids’ meals.

That’s one small step for Michel Nischan. And one giant step for the nation’s waistline.

(To hear the full report, click here.)

Lynsey Addario, Tyler Hicks On Anderson Cooper, NPR

One of the most extensive interviews with Lynsey Addario and Tyler Hicks took place last night on Anderson Cooper’s “360” show. The CNN journalist interviewed the Westport natives — both New York Times photographersand their 2 reporter colleagues.  All were held in captivity for a week in Libya.

Lynsey and Tyler described the initial chaos of a “no-win” situation, and their certainty that they would be killed by pro-Gaddafi forces.  “Once we got on our stomachs, we thought it was all over,” Tyler said.

Lynsey described being constantly groped — the first time that happened to her in 11 years covering the Muslim world.

A soldier caressed her hair and face in a “sick, tender way,” she said.  All the while he was proclaiming in Arabic, “You will die tonight.”

The Anderson Cooper interviewed lasted nearly an hour.  Only 10 minutes were shown last night.  More will be shown tonight (10 p.m., CNN) and next week.  Other material is available on his website.

Lynsey was also heard this morning on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”  It was an extensive interview.  She spoke of the effects of captivity on her family:

I think the hardest part of this job is what you do to the people who love you.  When something like this happens to me, I can get through it. But it’s traumatic for my parents, for my husband, for my sisters.

As for the future, Lynsey said:

I believe very strongly that the world needs to see what’s happening.  I will try as best as I know how to be cautious, and to not let this happen again.  But am I going to stop being a photojournalist? No.

Click here to listen, and here to read about the interview on NPR.org.

Joe Thorndike’s Tea Party

Tomorrow is Tax Day.

Sorry for the buzzkill, but it’s as inevitable as death:  On April 15, our taxes are due.

The Tea Party movement is not real big on taxes, of course (unless they’re used to pay members’ Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, disability, unemployment claims, or any other program that benefits them but not anyone they don’t like).

Tea Partiers are using Tax Day to highlight their claim that today’s taxes are too high.  They’re holding a Massachusetts event that harkens back to the good old days — 1773 — when their forefathers tossed tea into Boston Harbor.

That protest won’t hold water, says former Westporter Joe Thorndike.

The 1984 Staples graduate — now director of the Tax History Project at the nonprofit group Tax Analysts — set the record straight earlier today, on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

“It’s so ridiculous,” he said.  “People dressing up and throwing crates of tea over the side of the ship — it’s like a nice little picture we can put in our head.”

The protest was really over “taxation without representation,” Thorndike said.

The original Tea Party argued that the British did not have a right to impose a tax on the Colonies, because the Colonies did not have representation in Parliament.

“That’s a very different sort of message than saying, ‘This tax is just too damn high for us,'” Thorndike added.

Last time I checked, every Tea Party member had the right to vote for his or her president, senator, congressman, governor and state representative.  People vote; the majority rules.

That’s why it’s called a “democracy.”

Throwing a Tea Party, Boston-style.