Take Two for May 17, 2013

Dinner Party Download: Ultimate cow fighting, school lunches, and more

Battle of the Queens

Two bulls fight in Switzerland's Battle of the Queens event.

A cow fight enthusiast kisses Merlita a

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A cow fight enthusiast kisses Merlita a cow from the Aosta Valley in Italy who won the annual 'Battle of the Queens' of the Herens breed cow fight for the Mont-Blanc region on May 5, 2012 in Aproz, in the Alpine Canton of Valais. During the combat cows simply push, forehead against forehead using their horns until the new queen forces all the other leaders to retreat. For the first time this year international fights have been held with cows from Italy and France.

Cows fight during the annual "Battle of

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Cows fight during the annual "Battle of the Queens" of the Herens breed cows fight on May 8, 2010 in Aproz in the Alpine Canton of Valais. During the combat the cows simply push, forehead against forehead using their horns. The competition continues until the new queen has forced all the other leaders to retreat. Cow fighting is an ancient tradition in Switzerland. The first official fight was organised in 1923.

Two cows fight during the final of the a

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Two cows fight during the final of the annual "Battle of the Queens" of the Herens breed cows fight on May 8, 2010 in Aproz in the Alpine Canton of Valais. During the combat the cows simply push, forehead against forehead using their horns. The competition continues until the new queen has forced all the other leaders to retreat. Cow fighting is an ancient tradition in Switzerland. The first official fight was organised in 1923.

Cows compete during the annual "Battle o

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Cows compete during the annual 'Battle of the Queens' of the Herens breed cows fight on May 5, 2012 in Aproz in the Alpine Canton of Valais. During the combat the cows simply push, forehead against forehead using their horns. The competition continues until the new queen has forced all the other leaders to retreat. Cow fighting is an ancient tradition in Switzerland. This year international fights have been held with cows from Italy and France.


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

On tap this week:

The Battle Royale of Cow Fighting
It happens in the Swiss village of Aproz, the great Battle of the Queens, that's what they call the World Series of Cow Fighting. There's a breen of cow called Heren Cows, and they're known for their genetic predisposition for combativeness. But the fight is, basically, these cows walk up toward each other, then start bumping heads, and when one can't take it anymore they turn around and walk away and that's the end of it. There are a number of sub-tournaments, then at the end they put all the cows in at once, it's like a battle royale. 

11-year-old Muckraker Makes Mini-Doc About Gross School Lunches
A fourth-grader in New York named Zachary Maxwell has become a documentarian of the moment because he made a documentary, with the help of his father, about the school lunches at his school. The movie is called "Yuck: A Fourth-Grader's Short Documentary About School Lunch."

The Curious Case of Ronnie Biggs
This week back in 2001, a guy named Ronnie Biggs returned to England from Rio. This was a big deal because he had been on the lam for 35 years for having pulled off a train robbery in 1963. He was caught shortly after the robbery, thrown in jail and he escaped in broad daylight, then surgically altered his face, dodged cops on three continents and ended up in Rio. He hung out in Rio, thumbing his nose from across the pond an England. While he was in Rio, he recorded a song with the Sex Pistols. He extradited himself, he voluntarily went back to England because he said he just wanted to have a British pint before he died. 


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