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The Stealth Tortilla Revealed

The curtido tastes tangy and bright against the heavier, fried pupusa–the perfect contrast. (Alex Chambers/WFIU)

Today on our show we bring you a story from Feburary of this year featuring poet Willy Palomo talking pupusas and poetry with Earth Eats Associate Producer Alex Chambers.

Pupusas followed the Salvadoran diaspora into the United States in the aftermath of El Salvador’s Civil War in the 1980s.

Poet and pupusa-maker Willy Palomo fries the “stealth tortillas” until they are golden and partly browned on both sides.

In this story, Willy Palomo reflects on the effects of the war on his own family history, the stories his mother told – or didn’t tell – her children, and how a teenage identity crisis got him writing poems and making pupusas.

Harvest public media brings us a story about how the current trade war could lead to the revival of a depression-era farmer-assistance program you may have heard of–government cheese.

Music on today’s show:

Driving Station-Boards of Canada (Geogaddi)

Vocal Artillery-Ozomatli

Aerumma-Jozef Van Wissem

The Bridge is Over-KRS-One (Criminal Minded)

La Boa-Los Mocosos (New World Party)

Earth Eats’ theme music is composed by Erin Tobey and performed by Erin and Matt Tobey.

Stories On This Episode

Salvadoran Pupusas Con Curtido

"Stealth tortillas," with a surprise filling, pupusas are fun to make, and a treat to eat.

Trade War May Lead To Government Cheese Program To Help Farmers

Depression-Era Federal Program May Come To Farmers’ Rescue As Trade War Continues

“Modernized” Ag Guestworker Legislation Stalled – Again

House Republican leaders have promised a new agricultural guest worker program for months, but inter-party disagreements about larger immigration reform keep it from becoming a reality.

Chem Company Exec Tapped For Top USDA Scientist

The White House has nominated Scott Hutchins as the next head scientist for the USDA.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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