Oct 24

Transcript: Interview with “Greek Food Guru” Diane Kochilas

kochilas_headshot-e1372350369574The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with chef, author, and “Greek food guru” Diane Kochilas. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of October 16-23, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is renowned chef and Greek food guru Diane Kochilas. The author of several books on Greek cuisine, Diane is also a consulting chef to many Greek restaurants across the world, and is also the host of “Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama”, a cooking show on Greek television. Diane, welcome, first of all, to our program.

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Oct 16

This Week: Interview with Chef, Author, and “Greek Food Guru” Diane Kochilas

kochilas_headshot-e1372350369574This week, Dialogos Radio is excited to feature an interview with the world-renowned chef, author, and culinary expert Diane Kochilas, as part of the Dialogos Interview Series.  Kochilas, who is known as the “Greek Food Guru,” will discuss her latest endeavors, including her new book, “Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity From the Island Where People Forget to Die,” her cooking classes in Ikaria, on the potential for Greek culinary products to succeed in the global marketplace, her cooking show on Greek television, “Ti Tha Fame Simera Mama,” and other topics pertaining to her career and to Greek cuisine.

IkariabookAs part of our special interview with Diane Kochilas, we are also offering copies of her new book, “Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity From the Island Where People Forget to Die,” as part of our fall fund drive.  Show your support for Dialogos Radio and get a copy of her much-anticipated new book, or any one of the other exciting premiums that we are offering.  To see our premiums and make your pledge, simply click here!

Xatzidakis-MelinaIn addition to this week’s interview, we are also featuring a special musical segment dedicated to the life and music of one of Greece’s most renowned and beloved composers and musicians, Manos Hatzidakis, as well as our commentary of the week segment.

Tune in for all this and much more, exclusively on this week’s edition of Dialogos Radio!

Jun 01

This Week: Interview with Filmmaker Lamprini Thoma (“Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre”)

palikariThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature a fascinating interview with journalist and filmmaker Lamprini Thoma, who will join us on our program for a second consecutive week, this time to discuss an acclaimed new documentary which she has written and produced, titled “Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre.”

This documentary chronicles the story of Greek-born immigrant Louis Tikas, who worked as a coal miner in Ludlow, Colorado in the early 20th century and who led a labor uprising calling for better working and living conditions, before being tragically murdered. Tikas’ story has been immortalized in the writings of Howard Zinn and the music of Woody Guthrie. In this interview, Thoma will discuss the documentary, Tikas’ story, and the upcoming North American screening tour that is scheduled for this fall.

In addition, stay tuned for some great Greek music, plus the weekly news roundup from Greece, brought to you exclusively for Dialogos Radio by the editorial staff of The Press Project International. All this week, on Dialogos Radio!

May 10

This Week: European Parliament Candidate Katerina Moutsatsou speaks to Dialogos!

moutsatsouThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with a pre-election flair, as we will be speaking with actress Katerina Moutsatsou, who is a candidate in this month’s European parliamentary elections with Greece’s United Popular Front (EPAM).  In this detailed and informative interview, Moutsatsou will speak about her candidacy and why she decided to officially enter politics, about EPAM’s positions on a number of important political and economic issues facing Greece and Europe, and will comment on the current economic, political, and social situation in Greece.

tsavarisIn addition to this interview, stay tuned for a second, bonus interview (in Greek) with Greek singer and songwriter Nikos Tsavaris, who will talk about his longstanding working relationship with the famous Greek singer Dimitris Mitropanos, his forthcoming collaboration with singer Themis Adamantidis, as well as his many experiences singing around the world for the Greek diaspora.

Hear these two special interviews, plus the past week’s Greek news roundup from The Press Project International, exclusively on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

Apr 13

This Week: Special Easter Edition of Dialogos Radio!

pasxaOn this Holy Week, tune in for the special Easter edition of Dialogos Radio, a broadcast that will be dedicated to this most holy and significant of holidays for the Hellenic culture.  This week on our broadcast, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Anastasios Ntanos, a distinguished writer, poet, and professor at the Higher Technological University of Piraeus in Greece.  In this interview, Ntanos will talk about Greek Easter, its significance and its traditions, about the role of religion and the Greek Orthodox church in the maintenance of the Greek language and culture, about the threats that Greek culture and the Greek langauge face today, and he will also share his own special message for the millions of Greeks of the diaspora.

In addition to this interview, our broadcast this week will also feature specially-selected music for the Greek Easter holiday.  Best wishes to all of our listeners for a Happy Easter…Χρόνια Πολλά, Καλό Πάσχα και Καλή Ανάσταση!

Tune in for this special Easter broadcast this week, only on Dialogos Radio!

Apr 05

Transcript: Interview with Paul Ioannidis of the Onassis Foundation

ioannidisThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with Paul Ioannidis, the honorary vice-president of the Onassis Foundation and author of “Destiny Prevails,” follows below. This interview aired on April 3-4, 2014. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: With us here on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series today is Paul Ioannides, the Honorary Vice-President of the Onassis Foundation’s Board of Directors and author of “Destiny Prevails” an autobiography chronicling his life and experiences fighting the Nazis during World War II as a rebel fighter in the Greek mountains. His later distinguished career as a pilot and executive for Olympic Airways, and his long relationship with the Onassis group and the Onassis family for over five decades. Paul, thank you for joining us today.

You were actually born in Germany in the interwar period but your family soon came back to Greece and you grew up in Athens. Ironically, though, it was your German birth certificate that got you out of trouble on a few occasions during war, I believe. Tell us about your early years.

PI: My father was born in Cyprus. He studied Medicine in France and attended post-graduate studies in Berlin where I was born. My mother died six months after I was born.  I was in love with the sea ever since I could remember. I wanted to attend the Naval Academy in order to become an officer. I would not hear of anything else.  By the end of 1942, seeing that the German troops were still on my home soil, I felt like I could not contain my anger and I decided that it was not time for studying but only for fighting. So I left home to take to the mountains and joined the Resistance the first days of 1943 with the Greek People’s Liberation Army, known as ELAS.

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Mar 29

This Week: Destiny Prevails – An Interview with Paul Ioannidis

ioannidisThis week on Dialogos Radio, we will celebrate the recent Greek Independence Day holiday with a special broadcast.  On this week’s program, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Paul Ioannidis, the honorary vice president of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation and author of the recent autobiography titled “Destiny Prevails,” in an intriguing discussion that will touch upon the themes of fighting for freedom and independence.

In this interview, Mr. Ioannidis will share his recollections and experiences as a member of the Greek rebel forces which fought the Nazis during World War II, and how destiny led him to become a pilot, initially with the Hellenic Air Force and later with Olympic Airways.  It was at Olympic Airways that he met Aristotle Onassis, with whom he developed a longstanding professional relationship and friendship, which Mr. Ioannidis will discuss in detail in this week’s interview.

Tune in for this exclusive interview plus some great Greek music, this week on Dialogos Radio!

Mar 22

Interview on Planned Dumping of Syrian Chemical Weapons off the Coast of Crete

syriachemicalweaponsThis week on Dialogos Radio, the Dialogos Interview Series will feature an interview with Vaggelis Pissias, a professor of water resource management at the Higher Technological University of Athens (TEI of Athens) and member of the International Initiative for Peace in Syria.  In this interview, Pissias will share details about the proposal put forth by the United Nations and by the United States to dispose of the chemical weapons from Syria in the Mediterranean Sea, off of the southern coast of the island of Crete. Pissias will discuss the potential ecological, environmental, and economic consequences of this planned dumping, and he will talk about the numerous ways in which the local community in Crete and the scientific community in Greece is mobilizing to prevent the disposal of the chemical weapons from taking place in the Mediterranean Sea. This is an issue that has received scant attention in the press and media, both in Greece and internationally, which will be analyzed in detail this week on Dialogos Radio.

portesAlso this week, tune in to hear the second edition of our new special feature, Portes Magazine Exclusives, produced by the Portes Magazine editorial team.  In this week’s feature, the internationally-acclaimed theatrical performance Socrates Now will be spotlighted, as well as director and actor Yannis Simonides.

Tune in for these two special features, plus some great Greek music, on this week’s edition of Dialogos Radio!

Feb 22

This Week on Dialogos: Musical Special Featuring Rembet Asker!

rembetaskerThis week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will present a special musical dedication and interview featuring the rembetiko music band Rembet Asker.  Rembetiko is a style of music created by Greece’s urban poor in the early 20th century which has been described as “Greek blues.”  In this week’s broadcast, we will feature several songs by the band, plus an interview with Rembet Asker’s lead singer, Christina Bethani, who will talk about the band and its music, their extensive research into the history and origins of rembetiko, the unique musical properties of rembetiko, and the modern-day significance of this music.

Stay tuned for this extra special musical dedication and broadcast, only on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

Jan 22

This Week: Interview with Author and Filmmaker Elias Kulukundis

Elias-KulukundisThis week on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series, we will be featuring an interview with the Greek-American writer and filmmaker Elias Kulukundis, author of “The Amorgos Conspiracy,” among other books.  Elias will talk about his life and experiences growing up amongst three different worlds, about his writing and filmmaking, will offer some commentary on the present-day situation in Greece, and will talk about his experiences working in the world of shipping.

Stay tuned for this excellent interview, plus lots of great Greek music, on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

Dec 17

This week: Special Holiday Broadcast Featuring Comedian Angelo Tsarouchas!

AngelotsarouchasThis week on Dialogos Radio, tune in for a special holiday broadcast which will close out 2013 in style! On our broadcast and the Dialogos Interview Series this week, we will be speaking with the renowned Greek-Canadian comedian and actor Angelo Tsarouchas.  Known as “The Funny Greek,” Angelo’s comedy has been featured in numerous television specials, films, and in front of packed audiences all across the world, including recently in Athens, Greece!  In addition, Angelo has also appeared on the big screen as an actor, having worked alongside such celebrity names as Robert DeNiro and Denzel Washington.  In this week’s interview, Angelo will talk about his comedy and acting, what inspires his work, his recent appearance in Athens, and he will share a special message to the world about Greece.

In addition to the interview, we will also be featuring clips of some of Angelo’s best stand-up comedy performances, as well as some special music selected especially for the Greek holiday season.

Don’t miss this week’s broadcast and our interview and feature with Angelo Tsarouchas, only on Dialogos Radio!

Dec 14

Transcript: Interview with Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes

Dean-KarnazesThe transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with the Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes follows below. This interview aired on December 12-13, 2013. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is one of the world’s most remarkable athletes, the ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine and has accomplished a number of incredible athletic feats. Dean, thank you for joining us today.

DK: It’s a pleasure to be here. I always enjoy doing your show.

MN: Dean, you’ve accomplished a number of incredible feats…you’ve run 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states, you’ve run in the South Pole and in Death Valley, and yet, you weren’t always an athlete. You led what many would consider a normal life until you were around 30 or so. What changed and what led you to begin running?

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Dec 10

This Week: Interview with Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes

Greece 1This week on Dialogos Radio, tune in to hear a special interview which we will be featuring as part of this week’s edition of the Dialogos Interview Series.  On our broadcast this week, we will be speaking with a Greek-American athlete whose athletic accomplishments have set records and stretched the limits of human strength and endurance: the Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes.  Named one of the top 100 most influential individuals in the world by Time magazine, Dean will speak to Dialogos Radio about how he started running, about his athletic accomplishments, about his efforts to increase awareness of the dangers of childhood obesity and the health benefits of the Greek and Mediterannean diets, and about the Navarino Challenge: a set of marathons held in Greece which he organized and participated in, and which he hopes to turn into an annual event.

This interview is surely one that you will not want to miss.  Tune in to hear the interview plus some wonderful music from Greece, all on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio!

Dec 03

This Week: Interview with Nantia Papadimitriou of the “Atenistas”

atenistasThis week on Dialogos Radio, we return to the airwaves after our Thanksgiving hiatus with a fresh new interview featuring Nantia Papadimitriou, a volunteer with the “Atenistas,” a citizens’ group based in Athens, Greece which organizes projects and gatherings which are aimed at improving the quality of life in Athens and introducing the positive and often unknown aspects of the city to its residents.  In this interview, Nantia Papadimitriou will introduce the Atenistas, discuss the history and development of the group, and talk about the many ways in which it engages with the citizens and residents of Athens, whether it is through organizing walking tours, theatrical performances, the planting of community gardens, or the painting of schools, all on an entirely volunteer basis.

Tune in for this interview plus some great Greek music, only on this week’s broadcast of Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series!