Noah Strycker & Cullen Murphy

July 1, 2018

In 2015 NOAH STRYCKER, associate editor of Birding magazine decided to spend the entire year trying to break the record for the most species of birds seen worldwide in a year. The previous record was 4300 species. Of course, it took a lot of planning and flying around the world to get to some very unique destinations. Did he break the record? Tune in tonight when we talk about Strycker’s memoir of one crazy year of birding: BIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS: AN OBSESSION, A QUEST, AND THE BIGGEST YEAR IN THE WORLD.

Fairfield County in Connecticut in the 1950s and 1960s was home to an amazing number of newspaper and magazine comic artists. This included people like Dik Browne (“Hi and Lois” and “Hagar the Horrible”), Ernie Bushmiller (“Nancy”), Chuck Saxon (his work appeared in the New Yorker and other publications) and John Cullen Murphy (“Big Ben Bolt” and “Prince Valiant” after Hal Foster retired). This episode guest is CULLEN MURPHY, editor at large at Vanity Fair and the son of John Cullen Murphy. His new book is a wonderful memoir growing up in the house of a comic artist: CARTOON COUNTY: MY FATHER AND HIS FRIENDS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF MAKE-BELIEVE.

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