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Pod Save Georgia… or Georgia Save the Pod?

2/16/2019
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To kick off February, we’ve got an episode on an overlooked story of a woman who helped feed countless activists during the Civil Rights Movement. We explore how food creates spaces for activism, the connection between a small restaurant and the Freedom Riders, and why Georgia Gilmore is an unsung hero of a pivotal time … Continue reading Pod Save Georgia… or Georgia Save the Pod?

Duration:00:16:04

The Codfather

2/1/2019
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As the title of this week’s episode suggests, we’re diving into the fish trade and the immigrant story that gave rise to cod-related black markets. We discuss why Portuguese immigrants came to Massachusetts, how they became the backbone of the American cod industry, and how this lucrative market developed fishy practices. Finally, we make fun … Continue reading The Codfather

Duration:00:20:33

The Great Molasses Flood

1/20/2019
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It’s a new year so we’ve got a new episode. This week, we cover one of the great food tragedies of the Gilded Age and its effects on how to make cities safe from industrial accidents. Of course, that means we’re covering one of our favorite topics: the moral failures of capitalism. We also discuss … Continue reading The Great Molasses Flood

Duration:00:21:08

A Lotta Latkes

12/16/2018
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It’s our wonderful, Holiday special! But we’re not talking about Christmas this year. We’ve got a whole episode on Hanukkah, and more importantly, why people eat latkes at Hanukkah. Join us as we discuss the different kinds of cooking fats, why you have to eat fried foods at Hanukkah, and whether or not latkes are … Continue reading A Lotta Latkes

Duration:00:17:12

Desiccated Grapes

11/29/2018
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This week, we’re changing it up with a book review! We review The Culinary Crescent: A History of Middle Eastern Cuisine by Peter Heine, which gives readers a lovely overview of the long and storied history of food in the Middle East and among Muslim societies stretching from Turkey to India. We discuss recipes, Faye … Continue reading Desiccated Grapes

Duration:00:21:18

Liberté, Egalité, Sucre

11/15/2018
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Get ready with your favorite Victor Hugo novel, because we’ve got Francophone revolutions on our mind this week. But we’re not talking about any revolutions in France. Instead, we dive into the complex history of the Haitian revolution and the ties between the French sugar trade and the first country for black folks in the … Continue reading Liberté, Egalité, Sucre

Duration:00:26:54

Transformers Take Over Europe: The Chocolate Saga Continues

11/1/2018
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This week, chocolate does a reverse Columbus by leaving the New World and landing in Europe. From the ships of unbathed merchants to the courts of royalty become the next big thing, and from there, the whirlwind romance between Europe and chocolate began. We discuss how the Industrial Revolution, H.H. Holmes, and condensed milk are … Continue reading Transformers Take Over Europe: The Chocolate Saga Continues

Duration:00:20:08

Praise the Corn Gods! Corn, Pt. 2

9/27/2018
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We’re wrapping up our corn mini-series by going back in time. We start by following the mystery around the domestication of corn in Mesoamerica. Then, we explore the importance of corn in pre-Columbian life, particularly in Mayan and Aztec religions. We discuss the Mayan Maize God and Centeotl, the role of corn in the creation … Continue reading Praise the Corn Gods! Corn, Pt. 2

Duration:00:26:40

They Got Lost Again: Corn in Africa

9/14/2018
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We’re kicking off a mini-series on corn this week with a return appearance from the world’s worst navigators. That’s right, Vasco Da Gama and crew are back on the podcast as we trace the path of corn from the New World to Africa. We discuss how corn followed European expansion into Africa and helped build … Continue reading They Got Lost Again: Corn in Africa

Duration:00:15:43

Chop Suey! An American Tale

8/30/2018
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This week, we’re rushing to California to find gold. We’re discussing how the 1949 Gold Rush created the San Francisco we know and love, and the Chester A. Arthur we know and hate. Plus, we discuss how the uniquely Chinese-American dish Chop Suey came to be, and the role New York Jewish Americans played in … Continue reading Chop Suey! An American Tale

Duration:00:22:22

Not your Heinz 57: A Minisode

8/16/2018
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This week, we have a amuse-bouche of an episode where Faye gives us an old-time ketchup recipe that tastes nothing like the red sauce you know and love. In fact, this ketchup isn’t even red. That’s right, this is a ketchup with absolutely no tomatoes. Learn more about how to make ketchup without tomatoes.

Duration:00:06:49

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 … Continue reading Food Crimes and How to Get Away With Them

Duration:00:33:42