Jorge Mario Bergoglio didn’t make the media list of favourites to be the new Pope. And indeed he had bought a return ticket to Buenos Aires, ruling himself out in the belief he was too old at 76. To the surprise of Vatican watchers he became the first Jesuit and the first South American to be elected Pope. Myles spoke to Fr. Michael Collins, author, Francis, Bishop of Rome.
by Francoise & Serge Laget, Philippe Cazaban and Gilles Montgermont(Quercus)
Commencing this month and described as the greatest cycling race in the world, 2013 marks the 100th Tour de France. Starting out humbly in 1903 when it was made up of mostly French tradesmen cycling through the night with just a jumper on their back, it has gone on to captivate the world and become a finely oiled machine. Mired in doping controversies and attracting criticism over the last few years it still remains the Holy Grail for professional cyclists.
To mark the 100th race this year a new book Tour de France – the official 100th race anniversary edition has been compiled by a quartet of France’s most renowned cycling historians. Featuring over 250 photographs specific to each race, Tour De France, is a celebration of cycling’s most prestigious, picturesque and popular event.
Editor of the book, Peter Cossins, spoke to Myles this morning.
Myles spoke to Shannon Hayes who farms with her husband and two daughters in West Fulton, NY, where they raise all-natural grass fed animals. She has a philosophy – to live her life around the home and community and for her book “The Radical Homemaker”, she travelled across the United States looking for people who have chosen to lead the same lifestyle. She has been to the fore of a new movement in the US inspiring people
She is in Dublin at the moment to take part a Dublin Climate Gathering which will take place from Monday to Wednesday.
Jay Rayner is one of the UK’s best-known restaurant critics, is always thinking about his next meal. However in his latest book he turns his attention to the economics of food to forecast how we will feed ourselves in the future and what exactly will, or possibly won't, be served on our dinner plates.
With global population expected to rise to nine billion by 2050, it will be increasingly challenging to feed those extra mouths. On top of this almost 50% of the food we generate is thrown away despite nearly a billion people living in near starvation. A Greedy Man in a Hungry World sets out to answer why can't we simply make more food? Can we produce food sustainably? And finally what can we do to help? Jay Reyner spoke to Myles.
Book A Greedy Man in a Hungry World – Why (Almost) Everything You Thought You Knew about Food is Wrong by Jay Rayner (William Collins) Price £12.99
As the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was being read from the steps of the General Post Office on Sackville Street on Easter Monday 24th April 1916, 160 members of the Irish Citizen Army under Commandant Michael Mallin were taking up position around St Stephen's Green.
For seven days, from their posts in St Stephen’s Green and City Hall, this small force of men and women fought against British soldiers as they struggled to protect the newly proclaimed Irish Republic.
For almost a century, accusations of poor strategic awareness and a lack of organisation have been levelled against Mallin and his force for their actions during that Easter week.
In this new work, Paul O'Brien shows that, despite being outnumbered and outgunned, Mallin carried out his orders and fought with tenacity during this vital part of the Easter Rising. Pat spoke to Paul O'Brien.
Ronan Fanning argues that the dozen years between 1910 and 1922 in Anglo-Irish relations were marked by one uncomfortable truth. The effectiveness of violence. From the resistance of Ulster Unionists to the Rise of Sinn Fein, a physical force approach to the British Government during these years yielded results.
He is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin and he makes this case in a new book entitled ‘Fatal Path- British Government and Irish Revolution, 1910-1922' and came in to studio this morning.
What's for dinner tonight? Where will you eat it? And who will eat it with you? Michael Pollan reckons that the answers to these questions could determine our survival as a species. An internationally successful food writer and campaigner, his latest project examines cooking as an essential, defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures.
The book is divided into the four ancient elements of "Fire" or cooking whole animals over an open fire; "Water" where he deals with cooking in a vessel; "Air" which is baking; and in "Earth" fermenting in cheesemaking and brewing. He joins me today to discuss how cooking can transform both how we think about ourselves and about our families and friends.
In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, takes us inside America’s new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.
As a tennis player, my next guest made up one part of probably the most famous three pronged sporting rivalries of all time. Between them, he, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg enthralled the crowds on court at Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Flushing Meadows and elsewhere. However, as the title of his memoir – The Outsider - suggests, Jimmy Connors was a little different.
He was to transform the game forever with his two handed backhand and the country club gentility of tennis, once he entered the arena, would take a back seat as he rip roared his way through the competition. In 1974 he won 95 out of 99 matches and during his stellar career he won eight Grand Slam singles titles, staying among the top ten best players in the world for sixteen straight years.
But The Outsider has received as much attention for his life off court as it does for his life on court.Pat spoke to Jimmy Connors.