Happy Columbus Day? : Tell Me More Columbus Day. Be honest. Do you really think about it? Growing up in New York, Columbus Day was a day off from school ...
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Happy Columbus Day?

The juice of a whole lemon, mix with honey, hot water.

And then there was ... a handful of fresh parsley in 8 oz. of water. Boil, let cool.

I have been a virtual lab of home remedies. Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'm just about back to form, voice wise. My apologies, AGAIN, for inflicting the hoarseness on you, the listening public. I won't make a recommendation, but I WILL say that I made one crucial mistake that I won't repeat: when I first noticed the hoarseness, I tried to warm up my voice by vocalizing before the show ... doing scales, etc. WRONG. It turns out I was irritating what was already inflamed. I should have stopped talking right away (which would have been appreciated by my office mates! j/k). I pass on my hard-won knowledge to you.

So today ... Columbus Day.

Be honest. Do you really think about it? Growing up in New York, Columbus Day was a day off from school. It was very much about Italian American pride, about getting some "sausage and peppers" and torone at the BIG New York parade. But it was also very much about the scramble to figure out what to do with us kids since the parents almost never had the day off.

It wasn't until I became an adult that I realized that there was another side to the coin — that there was a whole other narrative about what it would mean to be "discovered" in your country.

This is part of the thinking behind of program today. First, the "news" — Kevin Gover has been selected to lead the National Museum of the American Indian. He will be only the second leader of the museum, succeeding founding leader Richard West. Gover has a controversial history as a former head of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). In our conversation, he gives his take on whether the controversy is relevant to his new post.

... And by the way, did you know that the BIA has been around for nearly 200 years? If you want a closer look, here's a short video of Gover commemorating the 175th anniversary, back in 2000:

Listening to him today, I think you will be interested to hear what he has to say about whether the National Museum of the American Indian exists precisely to give an alternate view of the dominant history.

Also, if you are on the East Coast, or planning to visit anytime soon, you may also want to check out the African Burial Ground National Monument. The esteemed director of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center tells us why.

And ... some fun with fast girls on skates (who wouldn't mind me calling them that).

Lastly, in keeping with our theme of cultures colliding, the Spam Allstars — only in Miami. But we bring them directly to you...

If you're working today, hey, join the party.

If you're off today, hit a museum ... and have a "sausage and peppers" for me, or a fry bread ... or gumbo.