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Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today’s hot-button topics in national food and beverage culture, and analyze how these issues affect the world at large. This fun and fast-paced program is hosted by Katherine Cole and presented by OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting).

Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today’s hot-button topics in national food and beverage culture, and analyze how these issues affect the world at large. This fun and fast-paced program is hosted by Katherine Cole and presented by OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting).
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Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today’s hot-button topics in national food and beverage culture, and analyze how these issues affect the world at large. This fun and fast-paced program is hosted by Katherine Cole and presented by OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting).

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Ep. 47: Drew Prindle | Chase McPeak | Sam Slaughter

7/9/2018
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As robots become more of a reality in our everyday lives, how are they altering the agribusiness? Next, our discussion dives deeper, unpacking the inevitable friction between food and technology. And finally, we shift the tech talk to the beverage indu...

Duration:00:47:13

Ep. 46: Steven Raichlen | Marnie Hanel | Jen Stevenson

6/25/2018
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A simple fire might be the most primal cooking method, but there are still innovative ways to barbecue, according to our trio of experts. Next, jerky is suddenly ubiquitous and overpriced, but it turns out it's easy to make at home—even from fish. And ...

Duration:00:35:53

Ep. 45: Dr. Greg Jones | Hannah Wallace | Jordan Michelman

6/11/2018
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Will the wine industry be a victim of climate change? Next, how have the increasingly devastating wildfires that have hit vineyards recently affected the wines? And finally, we lighten the mood by asking why rosé must be limited to summer.

Duration:00:45:22

Ep. 44: Karen Karbo | Katie Pratt | Alex Prud'homme

5/15/2018
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What made the love story of Julia and Paul Child so unique? Next, what would photographer Paul Child think of today's Instagram-food-photo craze? And finally, we discuss how we can all live life to the fullest à la the Childs.

Duration:00:55:50

Ep. 43: Jim Meehan | Jeffrey Morgenthaler | Jacob Grier

4/30/2018
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Do you act cordially at bars? Today's high-end temples to mixology aren't places for crude behavior, say our three cocktail craftsmen. Next, how are the best bars in the world designed for efficient flow and optimum pleasure? And finally, why are bars ...

Duration:00:46:47

Ep. 42: Cheryl Wakerhauser | Danielle Centoni | Kyra Bussanich

4/16/2018
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Modern French pastry is a spellbinding art form, combining eye-popping colors with surprising textures, shapes and flavors. We discuss this exciting movement with a pro. Next, boutiques selling nothing but macarons are the latest trend in sweet treats....

Duration:00:46:38

Ep. 41: Ashley Duchemin | Emilly Prado | Juan Ramirez

4/2/2018
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Can culinary podcasts change the way society sees food? We think so, and so does Juan Ramirez, producer of the excellent "Racist Sandwich" podcast. Next, we discuss the ways in which different cultures discuss body image.

Duration:00:48:39

Ep. 40: Beth Federici | Ivy Manning | Kathleen Squires

3/19/2018
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First, a chef and a food writer give us the lowdown on truffles during this special episode recorded at the Oregon Truffle Festival. Next, we gab about other fab fancy food fests all over the globe. Our third course is a survey of our favorite foodie f...

Duration:00:47:01

Ep. 39: Nick Fauchald | Martha Holmberg | Christina Henry de Tessan

2/26/2018
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Food magazines are shutting down at an unprecedented rate, but could there be new opportunities in this sector? Next, cookbooks are moving in a more classic, less celebrity-driven direction. And finally, we discuss ultra high-end, self-published culina...

Duration:00:53:41

Ep. 38: Mary Paganelli | Virgina Gewin | Heather Ardnt Anderson

2/12/2018
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Cuisines from all over the world are readily available in every major U.S. city. So why aren't the traditional foods of the First Americans? Despite centuries of systematic cultural suppression, American Indian chefs and historians are rediscovering an...

Duration:00:49:57

Ep. 37: Connie Blumhardt | Kenneth Olson | Jordan Michelman

1/29/2018
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Episode 37 is all about coffee. First, our experts teach us to ride the "Third Wave" movement. Next, what's a microroaster? How about a nanoroaster? And finally, we taste and talk about Guinness Stout's caffeinated counterpart. Episode 37 of The Four Top is online from Jan. 29.

Duration:00:53:03

Ep. 36: Molly Wizenburg | Paul Clarke | Matthew Amster-Burton

1/16/2018
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Episode 36, recorded live at PodCon in Seattle, is a freewheeling look at beverage trends for 2018. We kick things off by reminiscing about the faddish beverages of decades past that are ready to for revivals this year. Next, we predict the drinks that will die this year. Finally, our three pundits share their personal desert-island drink picks.

Duration:00:44:07

Ep. 35: Bonnie Frumkin Morales | Deena Prichep | Michael Zusman

1/1/2018
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Episode 35 goes live on January 1, 2018, so we will kick off this three-course show by learning about the surprising ways in which the New Year is celebrated in Russia. Next, we’ll review the world’s best hangover foods. And finally, tongue is a classi...

Duration:00:39:59

Ep. 34: Bronwen Percival | Francis Percival | Christian Debenedetti

12/18/2017
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"Raw" cheeses are demonized... but could they be less harmful for you than raw fruits and vegetables? How are home brewers leading the backyard biologist movement? And those who work in artisanal food industries are asking themselves: Is the conversa...

Duration:00:51:15

Ep. 33: Jami Curl | Michelle Lopez | Kyra Bussanich

12/4/2017
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How did our guests build businesses selling candy, cupcakes and chronicles to adults? Next, what’s the magic formula for making a visual splash with a food startup? And finally, there’s a sense of tension in the American food scene, with raw veggies an...

Duration:00:50:29

Ep. 32: Jeff Alworth | Erin James | Jeff Smith

11/20/2017
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Why is cider the fastest-growing segment in the American drinks industry? Next, what's the deal with professional beverage tasting? And finally, craft beverage producers are constantly being solicited for donations.

Duration:00:46:37

Ep. 31: Christopher Kimball | Matthew Card | Carrie Welch

11/6/2017
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With food media increasingly fragmented, why are some brands staging live IRL events? Next, do you sous vide at home? And finally, what are food entertainment personalities really like when the cameras turn off? We discuss on Episode 31 of The Four Top, online from Nov. 6.

Duration:00:50:15

Ep. 30: Hannah Wallace | Andy Kryza | Jeff Alworth

10/23/2017
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Did you know that the hospitality industry is the profession with the highest rate of substance abuse? What's the deal with the new crop of beer spritzes, with names like Radler and Shandy? And finally, how did a brewery open in Flint, Michigan, during...

Duration:00:40:27

Ep. 29: Diners Gone Wild | Food Cart Backlash | Marijuana on Menus?

10/9/2017
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How rude can restaurant patrons be? Very. Next, food cart vendors and restaurateurs are battling. What role should city legislators play in this war? And marijuana can't be served in dining establishments—yet—so how are chefs working around the laws to...

Duration:00:31:38

Ep. 28: Andrew Knowlton | Khushbu Shah | Hillary Dixler Canavan

9/25/2017
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What are the implications of a food journalist deeming a so-called "ethnic" cuisine a "trend"? What accounts for Portland's attraction to food tourists and tastemakers? And why is the restaurant industry such an unwelcoming world for women?

Duration:00:47:22