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Latest Episodes

Can traditional foods help manage disease?

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Indiana University scholar Funmi Ayeni shares her surprising research on a simple food used in households throughout Nigeria to treat malaria.

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Indigenous foodways as tools of empowerment

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An anthropologiical bioarcheologist studies precolonial burial sites to understand Indigenous foodways of the past and present.

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Learn about specialty brewing with local fruits at Upland’s Woodshop

Eli Trinkle stands holding a stemmed glass with beer, and a bottle of beer next to it. Wooden barrels are visible in the background

Huge wooden foeders, wild yeast, and hundreds of pounds of fruit make Upland’s sour beer program one of a kind.

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Historian Rebecca Spang on the strange origins of the restaurant

Rebecca Spang standing and smiling and gesturing forward towards a person seated at a table. A white board is in the background, two plastic water bottles and papers are on the table.

Restaurants underwent dramatic transformations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk about how restaurants came to be, and speculate on where they’re headed.

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Palm oil is everywhere–Max Haiven talks about why that matters

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What can one commodity reveal about our food systems, about health, about labor and capitalism and about the environmental costs of so-called cheap food production?

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Beth Hoffman speaks frankly on the financial challenges of farming [replay]

Beth Hoffman and John Hogeland standing close together in a field with a sunset sky, pasture and small trees behind them.

Farm life still manages to attract young people, but they often come to the land with unrealistic expectations.

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World Central Kitchen, led by a humanitarian chef, has fed crisis zones for years

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The aid group World Central Kitchen said Tuesday that it is pausing its efforts to feed Palestinians in Gaza after seven of its workers were killed by an Israeli strike.

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Forks, Smudges, and Other Things That Give Us Purpose

Richie Jerimovich poses in kitchen with deep fryer basket in his hand

Chefs may hang up their hats at the end of the day, but the principles of the kitchen find their way from the pots and pans and into their lives. FX's The Bear illustrates this with striking character development that we can all find a bit of ourselves in.

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This farmer's livelihood was ruined by PFAS-contaminated fertilizer that few Midwest states test for

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Biosolids — a type of treated sewage byproduct from wastewater treatment plants — are used as a nutrient-rich fertilizer on farms across the Midwest. But a group of toxic “forever chemicals” are slipping through the cracks and could be inadvertently contaminating millions of acres of farmland.

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Recipes

Pernil, a Cuban pork shoulder dish

A piece of pork shoulder covered in garlic and a marinade placed in a glass pan surrounded by mojo liquid.

Pernil isn’t just a delicious dish, it’s also a meal served with many memories.

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Eclipse cookies

Twelve round, black and white cookies in a grid on a white plate. the decoration mimics the phases of a solar eclipse

Delicate tahini sandwich cookies mimic the phases of a total solar eclipse.

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Carrot Cake with Pineapple 

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This cake comes together quickly and is packed with flavor.

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