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Hot Blooded: Three Perspectives On Chile Peppers

Kurt Michael Friese explores climate change's effect on chiles. Drew Ramsey says peppers can help you focus. And, Daniel Orr pickles peppers from the garden.


You know, this isn’t just about obesity and diabetes. If you look at some of the most debilitating diseases on the planet — depression, anxiety, dementia — there’s a clear data signal that dietary pattern, eating a better, healthier whole foods diet, really decreases your risk.

Psychiatrist Drew Ramsey felt as though that particular message wasn’t getting out there, so he wrote his book The Happiness Diet. He’ll be here to talk about foods that keep us alert.

We focus on chile peppers in the second half of our show. Kurt Michael Friese explores how climate change is wreaking havoc on chile peppers and the farmers who grow them.

Chef Daniel Orr preserves some chiles peppers from his garden to enjoy once the summer has gone.

He also makes a sun tea with a bunch of herbs picked fresh from his garden.

And, Harvest Public Media goes foraging!

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Dining On Nettles, Milkweed And Dandelions

Adam Hintz is an avid forager, or someone who harvests uncultivated food – like acorns that fall along the bike path or dandelions growing in the backyard.

Dr. Drew Ramsey, Part 2: Good Mood Foods For Focus And Calm

Eggs give you focus. Yogurt calms anxiety. Salmon feeds your brain. Dr. Drew Ramsey gives dietary tips for promoting mental health and wellbeing.

Telling The Story Of Climate Change By Way Of Chile Peppers

"Chasing Chiles" brings the problem of climate change to our plates by exploring one of North America's most diverse food plants: chile peppers.

Pickled Peppers Give Off Heat Year Round

It's never too early to start preserving flavors of the season! Use your favorite peppers harvested fresh from the garden in this recipe.

Summer Tea Powered By The Sun

Use the hot summer sun to your benefit in this recipe. Fresh herbs steeped in sun-heated water makes a delicious summer beverage.

Salsa Verde With Fresh Tomatillos

This is not a raw salsa. We’re going to roast these vegetables off and get them a little carmelized.

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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