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Episode 120: Tourist Towns with Ken Layne

Desert mythologies, like Desert Sasquatch and Yucca Man (they’re different). The desert economy, and opening restaurants in a tourist town - if you're a resident, you might not eat at them. But still, if you're visiting Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, Ken’s got some recommendations. (Listen here.)

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Music: It’s My Life, The Animals

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Desert Sun

KQED

Desert Sun

Park Record

Desert Sun

Eater

Park City Chamber of Commerce (PDF)

Episode 118: Fried Chicken with Josh Zad

First-, second- and third-wave coffee, Melrose Place, and how to order chicken in Farsi. Josh Zad loves fried chicken and is the best Beverly Hills tour guide I've ever met. Plus some notes on the topic from Mike Harris, Manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonalds. (Listen here.)

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Music: Do the Funky Chicken, Rufus Thomas

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Fried Chicken: An American Story

Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food and Power

First We Feast

Bitter Southerner

Bonus Episode! Live from Scoopfest: Mai Tais with Allan Katz

Extreme rum nerdery from Scoopfest 2018! Mai tais and tiki were the topics with Allan Katz of Jammyland in Las Vegas. Dram shop laws, Howard Hughes’ germophobia, and rum as rite of passage. (Listen here.)

Tiki spots mentioned in the show: Here’s Looking At You, Frankie’s, Tiki Ti, and Jammyland.

Huge thanks to our drink sponsors: Gruppo Campari for Appleton and Grand Marnier, and Rhum Clément.

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Music: Voodoo Dreams, Les Baxter

Episode 108: Ladies Who Lunch with Valerie Gordon

The feminist history of the trope “women be shopping.” What if the origin of the department store is the Old West general store? Plus the process of resurrecting old recipes, when manners are just a reflection of commerce, and hot lesbian fantasies. (Listen here.)

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Music: Downtown, Petula Clark

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Women and the Everyday City

Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America 

The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy

Someone's in the Kitchen with Dayton's, Marshall Field's, Hudson's 

Episode 107: Salad with April Wolfe

A deep hatred of Craisins, lessons learned at the Steak ‘n Shake, and rank and provocative excresences with film critic April Wolfe. Plus, Jell-O salad vs Jell-O shots, the cooked-down hooves that become gelatin. The social implications of Perfection Salad - after all, “hygiene” is a classist concept. (Listen here.)

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Music: Stir It Up, Patti Labelle

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Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallats

FiveThirtyEight

Perfection Salad

A Book of Salads

Bettina's Best Salads and What to Serve With Them

Fancy Salads of the Big Hotels

Serious Eats

Episode 105: American Chinese Food with Edgar Momplaisir

“Blue zones” (it’s not political), Adventists vs heavy drinkers, cheap meat, and tomfoolery at the New York Times with Edgar Momplaisir. I propose that American Chinese is just one region of Chinese food, and we talk about the HBO show Deadwood a surprising amount. (Listen here.)

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Music: Dance, Dance, Fall Out Boy

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Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States

The Search for General Tso

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food

Episode 104: Khachapuri with Josh Scherer

Coke Zero, debasing yourself on the internet, how much we want to go to Georgia - the country. Food YouTuber (is that the phrase?) Josh Scherer (buy his book here) also talks about the Dionysus-wine-Jesus connection, JK Rowling’s revisionist history, and how everything we know about Russia we learned from The Americans. Plus some inside baseball on all the privilege in the food writing industry. (Listen here.)

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Music: Perfect World, Alias

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The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia

Splendid Table

Episode 102: Sweet Potatoes with Jenné Claiborne

The difference between sweet potatoes and yams, explained - finally. Jenne Claiborne (buy her cookbook here!) talks vegan baking tips, botanical archaeology, and the scams that the wheat lobby and the government pull on us - “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Please! (Listen here.)

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Music: Sweet Potato Pie, Ray Charles & James Taylor

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Chinese Roundabout

Indiana University

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UCLA

National Academy of Sciences

North Carolina Sweet Potatoes

Library of Congress

Episode 101: Borscht with Olivia Smoliga

An Olympic gold medalist! But .. what is her job, exactly? Swimmer Olivia Smoliga explains that, plus McDonald’s vs Starbucks for breakfast, fermented hogweed, and a Polish moonshine recipe. Anyone know who invented vodka? (Listen here.)

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Music: Saturday In The Park, Chicago

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A Taste Of Russia: A Cookbook Of Russian Hospitality

The Guardian

The New Yorker

Indiana University

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