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Politics of Food

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Politics of Food

DCP Entertainment / Westwood One Podcast Network

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An in depth look into the intentional politicization, economics and community impact of food on a global scale. Food impacts more than just our daily nutrition and can be a way to wage wars & control populations. Through conversations with experts and everyday people, we will learn the true impact of food.
 
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While awareness about eating disorders in America has improved, there’s a misconception about who is experiencing them, why they are experiencing them and while we focus on obesity as a national epidemic, anorexia is on the rise. Today we try to better understand eating disorders with our guests, Dr. Christine Peat and author Anissa Gray. The stres…
 
You may have heard people say ‘Food is my LOVE LANGUAGE,’ meaning that cooking and feeding others is their way of saying, "I Love you" in the most nurturing and generous way possible. In this episode Cristina talks with two chefs who speak the language fluently. First she and Chef Vikas Khanna discuss how Vikas expresses himself either in person, i…
 
85% of food consumed in Puerto Rico is imported to the island. How does food dependence on the US mainland affect the relationship between the two? How does the addition of a Category 5 Hurricane affect an already perilous system? Cristina talks with Tara Rodriguez Besosa, an organizer and architect about creating a non-profit collective there call…
 
As kids, a lot of us are taught that it is bad manners to engage in thoughtful political discourse over a meal. Is it based on a fear of causing an argument or is it that we don’t know how to have difficult conversations in a constructive way? To get to the root of the issue Cristina talks with two people who never shy away from giving their opinio…
 
This week we’re headed down South to investigate the culinary and cultural traditions of Southern Cooking. From Native American peoples to slavery, many elements have contributed to the rich history in Southern cooking today, all interwoven in sociopolitical relationships. In the first half of the show Cristina talks with Soul Food Scholar, Adrian …
 
We’d like to warn our listeners that some of the material in this episode can be triggering, but though challenging, conversations about abuse in the restaurant industry need to happen so that change can take root. Restaurant workers are some of the most vulnerable people in the workforce, so how do we examine and destroy the culture of abuse when …
 
They say food brings people together, but what happens when inequities that exist across the food industry, within restaurants, within the media and beyond are exposed? In this episode Cristina talks with Chef Kiano Moju about her experiences with racism in the workplace, why representation matters, and the true versatility of people of color in fo…
 
The wake of the Pandemic of 2020 hit the restaurant industry with full force. Struggling restaurant owners asked for a bailout, but a sluggish and insufficient response from our government left them to fend for themselves, some closed their businesses forever, others hung on through the storm. Workers faced high rates of unemployment, and sometimes…
 
While many of us were isolated during the pandemic we watched news reports about how some of our nation's farmers were forced to dump their products when customers like schools and restaurants no longer needed the supply. Leave it to amazing, problem solving women like this week's guests to forge new connections and make good things happen for folk…
 
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