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Greyhound Nation is a podcast for Greyhound enthusiasts, produced by Greyhound enthusiasts. Each episode will feature informative discussions with a diverse variety of people from the Greyhound community. The format will include one-on-one interviews and moderated roundtable discussions. Topics will cover all aspects of the breed, including but not limited to sports, history, adoption, wellness and behavior. Host John Parker and producer Michael Burns invite you to join the “nation.” Learn more about the show at greyhoundnation.dog.

Greyhound Nation is a podcast for Greyhound enthusiasts, produced by Greyhound enthusiasts. Each episode will feature informative discussions with a diverse variety of people from the Greyhound community. The format will include one-on-one interviews and moderated roundtable discussions. Topics will cover all aspects of the breed, including but not limited to sports, history, adoption, wellness and behavior. Host John Parker and producer Michael Burns invite you to join the “nation.” Learn more about the show at greyhoundnation.dog.

Location:

United States

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Greyhound Nation is a podcast for Greyhound enthusiasts, produced by Greyhound enthusiasts. Each episode will feature informative discussions with a diverse variety of people from the Greyhound community. The format will include one-on-one interviews and moderated roundtable discussions. Topics will cover all aspects of the breed, including but not limited to sports, history, adoption, wellness and behavior. Host John Parker and producer Michael Burns invite you to join the “nation.” Learn more about the show at greyhoundnation.dog.

Language:

English

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7706099684


Episodes

Gary Guccione: A Life in Greyhound Racing

10/8/2021
Episode 24: Recorded September 23, 2021 “As long as I could reach the window to the ticket seller, I could place a wager…”Gary Guccione, talking about placing his first wagers at the Butte, MT Greyhound racing track Show Notes Gary Guccione’s life in Greyhound racing started in Butte, Montana. His father served as racing secretary and racing kennel owner at the Western Montana Kennel Club. One of his earliest memories was reaching up to the counter at a parimutuel window to place a wager on...

Duration:01:10:36

Greyhound Adoption Author Cynthia Branigan

9/22/2021
Episode 23: Recorded August 17, 2021 "Gamal started to gallop, and King said, 'I know this -- I can run!'"Cynthia Branigan, on her first Greyhound's experience with Gamal, America's last diving horse Show Notes Cynthia Branigan took her first Greyhound, King (fka Low Key Two), to visit a very special horse, Gamal. Gamal was the last of the Atlantic City Steel Pier diving horses. When he was "retired" and put up for auction in 1980, Cynthia purchased him. She rescued King from an unhappy...

Duration:01:03:38

Bonus: Mr. Wilby’s Speech to the Children

9/10/2021
Episode 22 (Bonus): Recorded August 22, 2021 “I hope you children will have happy memories of today.”Charlie Wilby, butcher and coursing enthusiast, 1987 Show Notes Our first bonus episode revisits our conversation with Charlie Blanning and Sir Mark Prescott in Episode 12: The Greatest of Coursing. In that episode, Sir Mark shared an anecdote about a butcher from Norfolk -- Charlie Wilby -- who would bring his Greyhounds to coursing meetings. He was also known for sharing choice cuts of beef...

Duration:00:05:51

Five Essays with Dennis McKeon

8/20/2021
In my mind and memory, she is and always will be the blithest of greyhound spirits...The One Who Got Away, Dennis McKeon Show Notes Greyhound Nation went “on the air” as a brand new podcast for Greyhound enthusiasts on August 11, 2020. Our first guest was Dennis McKeon, a former racing Greyhound trainer and respected essayist on the breed. Since then, we’ve released over twenty episodes covering a variety of topics on the Greyhound breed. In our first year, we've sought to give voice to the...

Duration:01:01:29

Amateur Racing for Your Greyhound

8/4/2021
"Track Greyhounds -- too much engine and not enough frame. But I am addicted to that speed."Michele Houghton, amateur Greyhound racing enthusiast Show Notes Michele Houghton had her first lure coursing experience in 1992. At the time, she had a kennel of nearly 40 Greyhounds. Michele loved the sport, but she soon realized that hard New England fields were better suited to smaller breeds than her Greyhounds. In 1998, she discovered amateur racing, and everything changed. Michele began racing...

Duration:01:09:59

Bringing Famous Greyhound Stories to the Big Screen

7/21/2021
"Like Alfred Hitchcock, I'd insist on appearing in a scene myself...the man walking behind the bookmakers."Charlie Blanning Show Notes Some of the best TV series and movies today bring a little known moment or person from history to the big screen. One could argue that author Charlie Blanning is a keeper of such stories from Greyhound history. Author of Please Mister: The Golden Age of Greyhound Racing, Charlie could easily recommend several such stories to a willing screenwriter. Take, for...

Duration:01:03:12

The “Dean” of ASFA Lure Coursing

7/4/2021
"I've never heard a Greyhound or any sighthound ever complain about the score the judge gave them."Dean Wright on the joy a Greyhound or sighthound gets from lure coursing Show Notes Dean Wright knows what drives a Greyhound or other sighthound to give chase at a lure coursing meeting. He's been lure coursing with the American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) since the 1970s. He currently serves as president of the organization, which will celebrate 50 years of existence in 2022. Dean's...

Duration:01:06:12

Greyhound Breeding with Michael Strickland

6/18/2021
"I swear you could put a coffee cup on his back and he wouldn't spill it. He was a smooth machine."Greyhound breeder Michael Strickland on one of his favorite stud dogs, EJ's Douglas Show Notes Michael Strickland recalls the moment he got to lead EJ's Douglas to the Greyhound Hall of Fame in the early 1990s to accept the National Greyhound Association's Rural Rube Award. EJ's Douglas retired in 1994 and went to stud at Michael's family farm, Strickland Sires. The Greyhound remains one of...

Duration:01:21:02

Greyhound Rehoming in the UK with Paula Beniston

5/27/2021
"I think I might have squealed when I found out that I got the position..." Paula Beniston on landing a position on the Greyhound Board of Great Britain Show Notes Paula Beniston's journey with Greyhounds started more than 30 years ago with a weekend job at a local Greyhound training and breeding center, where she got to work with Greyhound puppies. In the past 20 years, she's fostered over 100 Greyhounds and lurchers. After serving with another Greyhound rehoming group for 18 years, Paula...

Duration:01:05:41

The Greyhound Project

5/7/2021
"How do we gather information about Greyhound adoption and share it with the rest of the adoption community?"Joan Belle Isle on the original goals of The Greyhound Project Show Notes The Greyhound Project was founded in 1993 by Joan Belle Isle and like minded, New England-based adoption group volunteers. Its mission was to "serve the common interests of greyhound adoption organizations, their volunteers, and others interested in the welfare of retired racing greyhounds on a national basis."...

Duration:01:06:19

British Greyhound Racing with Mark Bird

4/17/2021
"Over the last 5 years, I've learned an awful lot ... and really come to appreciate the passion that people have around the sport and the love of Greyhounds." Mark Bird, on his tenure with the Greyhound Board of Great Britain Show Notes Mark Bird traveled a different path into the sport of Greyhound racing than most. He had been around dogs all his life, including his career as a London-area police officer. When he retired in 2015, Mark applied for the role of Director of Regulation with the...

Duration:01:08:14

Photographing the Greyhound

4/1/2021
"I always find this warming to my heart that I get to do this. I'm not in it for the money. I just do it for the dogs."Steve Schiferl, Greyhound photographer Show Notes Steve Schiferl has traveled the country to capture Greyhounds in motion at Greyhound tracks and National Greyhound Association (NGA) schooling facilities. His fascination with and photography of the breed started with meet and greets. What began with simple photos from his smartphone evolved into a photographic career and...

Duration:01:16:45

The Greatest of Coursing

3/19/2021
Episode 12: Recorded February 13, 2021 "I hope you children you all enjoy today, and I hope you will get as much fun from coursing and coursing people as I have done."Charlie Wilby, at a Newmarket coursing meeting for local children Show Notes Author Charlie Blanning and race horse trainer Sir Mark Prescott have certainly encountered the "greatest" in Greyhound coursing. Their shared experiences in coursing would begin in 1977. At the time, Charlie served as the coursing correspondent for...

Duration:01:15:41

Greyhound Gear

2/27/2021
Episode 11: Recorded February 20, 2021 "You see these discussions all the time on Greyhound groups. 'What's the best ______ for my Greyhound?'"John Parker, host of Greyhound Nation Show Notes Use the right tool for the job. This mantra applies to Greyhound ownership as much as it applies to car maintenance. New Greyhound owners often have questions about what "Greyhound gear" they need to care for and manage their new companion: "What's the difference between a buckle collar and Martingale...

Duration:01:27:30

Interview with Author Kiaran O’Brien

1/13/2021
Episode 10: Recorded November 1, 2020 "It's very difficult to describe the euphoria of what it's like when the first Greyhound you own wins [a race]..."Kiaran O'Brien describes his first Greyhound's (Pole Rating) first win Show Notes Kiaran O'Brien's love affair with Greyhound racing started in the 1970s, growing up in Bristol, England. His father was involved in the betting industry, and he got his first job at the local track as a busboy. He dreamed of one day owning his own Greyhound. His...

Duration:01:04:15

Greyhounds and Coursing with Sir Mark Prescott

12/8/2020
Episode 9: Recorded December 5, 2020 "I saw nice people and nice dogs and marvelous hares, and I thought, ‘What a grand spectacle.’"Sir Mark Prescott, on seeing his first coursing meeting in 1967 Show Notes In the 1960s, Sir Mark Prescott found himself on the road back to Newmarket, home of British thoroughbred horse racing, from Cambridge. Along the way, he came across a large number of cars parked along the road. He discovered it was a coursing meeting. He was given a free “card” (program)...

Duration:01:16:29

Charlie Blanning and His Lastest Greyhound Book

11/17/2020
Episode 8: Recorded November 8, 2020 "A good Greyhound will chase anything..."Charlie Blanning Show Notes It’s the early 1920’s. Owen Patrick (O.P.) Smith, inventor of the artificial lure, accepts the challenge of some doubters at his track in Emeryville, CA. “The dogs ain’t gonna chase that, O.P. ” O.P. smiles, removes the "hare" from the rail and replaces it with his handkerchief, sending it off around the track. A Greyhound is slipped to give chase. The Greyhound did, indeed, run down...

Duration:01:04:36

Adopter to Racing Owner

10/28/2020
Episode 7 - Recorded October 8, 2020 "If any of you are interested, Lucy is racing tonight at Palm Beach Kennel Club -- race 15, box 8. You can watch it live on the feed!"Lynn Bunn, via Facebook Messenger Show Notes It's just before 9pm on Friday, October 9, 2020. From her home in Galveston, Texas, Lynn Bunn (Fast Canines Greyhound Adoption) is glued to Internet live streams. She's not watching news about Hurricane Delta, COVID-19 or the 2020 election. She's waiting for her racing Greyhound...

Duration:01:06:01

Rehoming Irish Greyhounds

10/15/2020
Episode 6 - Recorded September 24, 2020 "It's kind of in between a kennel and a home...so you really have a feel that they're at home...it's not your typical kennel."Viara Gentchev Show Notes Viara Gentchev is a breeder and operator of a new retired racing Greyhound care center -- a "halfway house" concept pioneered by Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI, formerly the Irish Greyhound Board) and the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT). Greyhound care centers are just one of the innovative ways...

Duration:01:00:43

Hobby Breeder Roundtable

10/1/2020
Episode 5 - Recorded September 7, 2020 "There is a growing community of responsible hobbyist Greyhound breeders … [who will] be of increasing importance as both sources for pets and amateur sporting Greyhounds and for the preservation of the American racing bloodlines."John Parker Show Notes In 2021, fewer than five Greyhound race tracks will remain open in the United States. Even as the population of available former racers dwindles, the interest in Greyhounds as pets and sporting dogs...

Duration:01:07:28