The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 84

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Thursday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Chuck Levi.  Chuck is the owner / operator of Iwan Ries, the world famous Chicago-based retail tobacconist that has been in business for 157-years. Suffice it to say, there is a quite a deep and interesting history and evolution to be talked about. In our “Pipe Parts” educational segment, Brian answers the often asked question; “What makes a pipe a good smoker?” Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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7 Responses

  • Hi Brian,
    What makes a pipe a good smoker? If you enjoy it then it is a good smoker. WE think alike. A given pipe may be a good smoker for one person and not so good pipe for another person. However, to be a good smoker, it takes two to tango…ie the pipe and the tobacco (and probably the environment in which you are smoking).
    Chuck Levi is the proprietor of a great shop. I visited it once while I was on business in Chicago. I liked the IRC three star brands of tobaccos. When I got married (40+ years ago) I got my groomsmen the valise with the internal pipe holder as gifts.
    Ron Carter – very nice mellow music selection.
    Rant – Left handedness – get with it Brian, like you said “you were born that way” and society is not going to change. Go get yourself a left-handed guitar.
    See you next Thursday evening in Chicago.

  • Hi Brian,
    Great show today enjoyed hearing of the history of your guest today nice to hear that there are still old fashion family business still out there still that are stilling going strong after second or third generation.

  • Hey Brian:
    Long time listener, first time leaving a comment on a show. It’s good to know that there are fellow left-handers out there who suffer through the same type of problems that I do! I have to say that I wasn’t aware that lefty’s have a shorter life-span than the rest of the world though…could have done without that bit of information! Keep up the good work!

  • Answering the “what makes a pipe a good smoker” is just well nigh impossible. It just comes down to the smoker, the pipe, and the tobacco. One man’s magic flute is another guy’s bad dream.
    Too bad about the lefty thing. Better you than me, though. We will light a candle for you.

  • Excited about Chicago.
    Great interview now have another stop when in the city on business.
    Keep up the great work and look forward to meeting some of the interviewees.

  • Here in Chicago, we are blessed with Iwan Ries, a truly great pipe shop. I became a customer in 1970 when I first started pipe smoking, and I am still a customer 44 years later. Thanks Brian and Chuck, a great Radio Show. Craig

  • A other Great Show Brian Thx.
    To let you know Brian i am left handed but they force me to become a right handed at school