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Corn Tortillas, Historian Jeffrey Pilcher, Poultry Shows

Ahead of Cinco de Mayo, we learn about the history of corn tortillas and we learn how to make them. Jana Wilson attends poultry shows. Asian carp for dinner?

I believe a bird should be beautiful, but it should be useful as well. So, they’re egg layers, and it’s important for them to have that quality. So, there’s more than just a perfect comb or perfect color.

Jana Wilson raises a couple dozen rare chickens on her small farm. She’s concerned with the quality of the birds’ combs because she enters them in poultry competitions. We get a tour of her place in today’s show.

Asian carp are taking over U.S. waterways. Harvest Public Media wonders if the solution is to sell the fish for food… to the Chinese.

Ahead of Cinco de Mayo, we talk with food historian Jeffrey Pilcher about the workhorse of Mexican cuisine — the corn tortilla.

And then Kayte Young of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard grabs a 2-pound bag of masa and shows us just how easy it is to fry up some tortillas yourself.

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Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Invasive Asian Carp

fisherman Jeff Smith with asian carp

A carp fishing industry is springing up along carp-infested U.S. waters and processors are exporting the U.S. problem fish to Chinese diners.

Jana Wilson Takes Her Chickens To The Next Level

jana wilson and chick

Sicilian Buttercup chickens are rare enough in the United States that Jana Wilson is often the only farmer showing her birds at poultry competitions.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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