Take Two for February 14, 2013

The Dinner Party: A cheetah's best friend, Jack Paar, and Trader Joe's


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In this Nov. 29, 2012 photo, Shiley, a male cheetah 3-and-a-half-years-old, and Yeti, a female Anatolian shepherd who serves as Shiley's partner, take a break outside the elephant enclosure during a walk through Safari Park, in Escondido, Calif. Although the dogs and cats live together, they are not always with one another. Dogs have play dates with other dogs and humans, and they eat separately from the cheetahs.

Cheetah Dog


One-year-old female cheetah Jane, right, plays with 14-month-old golden retriever Henry at the zoological garden in Dvur Kralove, Czech Republic, Thursday, April 24, 2003. Jane and Henry, the dog of Jane's keeper, have been raised together and their true friendly relationship is sometimes a big surprise for visitors at the zoo.

Cheetah Dog


Bravo, a 7-month-old male cheetah cub, takes a break with CJ, a 5-month-old Anatolian shepherd puppy, Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati. The two just arrived at the zoo from Capetown, South Africa, along with another cheetah cub. Dogs are being used by shepherds in South Africa to help protect their herds from predators.

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show.

On today's show the guys tell us about how some zookeepers are pairing up their captive cheetahs with dogs to helps calm their scaredy-cat tendencies. Then, this week in history back in 1960, host Jack Paar walked off the Tonight Show set after finding out that NBC censored one of his jokes. We'll take a look back at that piece of TV history. Last, which name-brand items are lurking underneath Trader Joe's labels.

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