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The Great French Lie: A Croissant Expose

8/2/2018
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Inspired by a discussion with our very favorite executive producer, Mary Vo, we decided to explore a great misconception about everyone’s favorite breakfast pastry. Turns out, croissants aren’t French at all. We trace the known history of croissants and speculate wildly about how medieval crescent rolls became the buttery, flaky rolls of heaven that we … Continue reading The Great French Lie: A Croissant Expose

Duration:00:24:59

Thomas Jefferson, the OG Hipster

7/20/2018
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The Thomas Jefferson Trilogy ends with an discussion of the third President’s very expensive tastes that eventually made him go into heavy debt. We explore Jefferson’s famed cattiness, including his snide comments about whiskey-drinkers. We also discuss how Jefferson, though a smart farmer, was pretty terrible at it, unlike George Washington. But, apparently, Jefferson was … Continue reading Thomas Jefferson, the OG Hipster

Duration:00:18:41

Hot Takes and Hot Cakes: The James Hemings Story

7/5/2018
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We continue our story of the Founding Fathers and food by taking a deep dive into America’s third President’s very expensive, very European food and drink habits. We discuss Thomas Jefferson’s crazy party-planning skills/booze-purchasing habits. More importantly, we trace the origin story of one of America’s first chefs, James Hemings (brother of Sally) and this … Continue reading Hot Takes and Hot Cakes: The James Hemings Story

Duration:00:19:27

2 Parts Rum, 1 Part Corn: A Recipe for Rebellion

6/21/2018
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We’re back with an all new episode to inaugurate our second season of Follow the Crumbs. We begin by destroying your Disney dreams and demystifying America’s two favorite mythical Native Americans – Pocahontas and Squanto. We explore Ben Franklin’s love affair with corn and how it connected to the South’s love affair with tobacco and … Continue reading 2 Parts Rum, 1 Part Corn: A Recipe for Rebellion

Duration:00:19:26

The Great Texas-Arkansas Queso Bowl

5/4/2018
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In the season 1 finale, Ria and Faye insult every politician you have and haven’t heard of as they trace the origins of the greatest dish to emerge this side of the Rio Grande: queso. We also discuss the regional variations of Tex-Mex food, from the very cheesy to the less cheesy. Finally, we uncover … Continue reading The Great Texas-Arkansas Queso Bowl

Duration:00:27:16

Feminist Yak Dowery

4/20/2018
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In the penultimate episode of Season 1, we’re continuing our bovine fascination, but this time we’re yakking about cows’ Tibetan cousins: yaks. We trace the roots of yaks and how they drove Chinese economics for centuries, pitch an amazing HBO mini-series about the Qin Dynasty, and discuss the monetary value of yak in dowries. Finally, … Continue reading Feminist Yak Dowery

Duration:00:19:43

The Cow Chronicles: A Bovine Bonanza

4/5/2018
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This week, we go deep into the four bellies of a cow to uncover the mystery of where cows are from. We discuss the mechanics of cow running, the best geographic strategy for cattle trading, and the legacy of cows in college rivalries. Finally, Faye laments a missed opportunity in American history to glorify another … Continue reading The Cow Chronicles: A Bovine Bonanza

Duration:00:19:58

Johnny Appleseed: The Man, The Myth, The Legend?

3/22/2018
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This week, we dive into the crazy and very much not-Disney-approved life of an American folk legend and learn how the bad apples he sold contributed to the United States’s budding hard apple cider industry. We also discover that good apples violated Johnny Appleseed’s religious beliefs, but we never find out why he used a … Continue reading Johnny Appleseed: The Man, The Myth, The Legend?

Duration:00:18:34

Food Crimes and How to Get Away With Them

3/8/2018
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In this episode, we try to unpack the mysteries of the crime-infested den of the Frankfurt suburbs, including two separate Nutella heists four years apart. We also talk about Canada’s syrup cartel and the exact price the Quebecois place on their freedom to make as much syrup as they want. Finally, Faye makes an impassioned […]

Duration:00:33:42

Galentine’s Day Special Waffle Spectacular

2/23/2018
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In honor of Parks and Recreation, and Leslie Knope, we turn back time to discuss when waffles were just pretty communion wafers, the many World Fairs (and their associated crimes), and the difficulty of French pronunciations. We also discuss the true meaning of Galentine’s Day. Finally, we give you a taste of the underbelly of […]

Duration:00:23:12

Mary’s Back, Tell A Friend: An Ode to Gin

2/8/2018
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In this very special episode, Mary makes her prodigal return to discuss her favorite booze. Our Executive Producer joins us as we discuss why William of Orange banned brandy, the English’s 50-year drunken bender, and how gin and tonics kept the sun shining on the British Empire. Finally, we debate whether or not liking gin […]

Duration:00:27:58

Salty People, Salty Places, and Salty Things

1/26/2018
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Eat a grapefruit, because this episode should come with a high blood pressure warning. That’s right, we’re talking about #saltsowhite. In this episode, we discuss the Celts (the unsung heroes of European history), salt churches in Poland, and Julius’s Caesar’s appetite for salt-cured ham. Finally, we dig into the rich salting mining history of Central […]

Duration:00:28:29

The Curry Powder Plot

12/21/2017
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In our final installment of the Follow the Crumbs Indian Starter Pack, we explore how British laziness (or stupidity) created the greatest lie ever told about Indian food: the existence of curry. We also uncover Faye’s American Arab identity and complete the circle of life through vindaloo and beer. Special note: Faye recorded this episode […]

Duration:00:23:01

Angsty Biryani Conquests

12/7/2017
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In the third installment of our India series, we discuss how teenage angst fueled the creation of the Mughal Empire, why Babur hated India (for no valid reasons, Ria might add), and how Akbar brought shame to his ancestors by allowing Indian culture to corrupt him. Finally, we trace the cultural mixing that led to […]

Duration:00:29:05

Smoking Olive Oil: A Very Special Episode

11/25/2017
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This week, we’re thankful for quirky laws about food. We discuss a small Texas town’s tourism strategy, the solution to the bourbon oak barrel shortage crisis, and (even more) conspiracy theories about what goes into your pasteurized cheese products. Finally, we have an important health PSA for you: don’t smoke your olive oil.

Duration:00:20:18

A Slightly Incorrect Episode on Food in Hinduism

11/9/2017
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In this episode, we unpack why Indian people are so good at cooking vegetables, why ghee will make you immortal, and how to treat gods who visit your home. This episode could’ve also been called: Everything you wanted to know about Hinduisum (contains some inaccuracies).

Duration:00:39:51

Pepper Money

10/26/2017
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This week, we discuss everyone’s favorite things: the plague, poop, and Jesus. We also examine the impact of Portugal on India’s food. Finally, we uncover the greatest ponzi scheme ever: the Ottoman pepper trade.

Duration:00:22:23

A Dollar Store Ethan Allen: Canada’s Turkey Extravaganza

10/12/2017
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In this episode we discuss what to name your boat, diagnosing the signs and symptoms of scurvy, and even more evidence that history’s “best” navigators ain’t shit. Eventually we get around to how Canadian Thanksgiving emerged (spoiler alert: it’s not because some Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts).

Duration:00:27:23

Risky Decisions: The Return of the Tomato

9/28/2017
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In our gripping conclusion to the tomato saga, we discuss what little we know of botany (spoiler alert: it’s not a lot), fish, and one of the most ridiculous Supreme Court decisions ever.

Duration:00:24:31

Tomatoes Part One: Pizza is not from China

9/16/2017
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This week, Faye cracks the mystery of how all 15th century navigators got lost, Ria explains the origins of Hermione Granger’s cat, Crookshanks, and we finally get around to tomatoes.

Duration:00:27:19