Episode 137: Eggs with Brooke Van Poppelen

Raw egg shakes, saving the world while grossing out grocery store cashiers, and perhaps even more proof that Christopher Columbus was bad at his job, with comedian and podcaster Brooke Van Poppelen. Plus some Kids in the Hall appreciation. Listen here!

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Music: Motor City, Satintones

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The Kids in the Hall

Larousse Gastronomique

Lucky Peach All About Eggs

Food in Antiquity: A Survey of the Diet of Early Peoples

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

The Housewife’s Jewel

A Taste of History: 10,000 Years of Food in Britain

Nectar and Ambrosia: An Encyclopedia of Food in World Mythology

WATTAgNet

Hiwy 16 Magazine

The Journal of Nutrition

Smithsonian

Episode 134: TV Dinners with Drew Mackie

TV dinners are part of the military industrial complex, man. (But truly they are.) Television aficionado Drew Mackie of Gayest Episode Ever talks about the history of these single serving, all-American meals: everything he knows about them he learned from Marge Simpson. (Listen here.)

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Music: Theme from Taxi (Angela)

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Combat-Ready Kitchen

How the Cadillac Got Its Fins

The Christian Science Monitor

LA Times

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LA Times

Episode 130: Burritos with Frank Shyong

What is your ideal burrito? LA Times columnist Frank Shyong on racism in baseball, "taco” vs “burrito," and growing up in Tennessee and learning about your city after you leave. This episode is mostly a philosophical discussion: can we really define food items? (Listen here.)

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Music: If You Gotta Go, The Flying Burrito Brothers

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Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America

Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food

Tejano South Texas: A Mexican American Cultural Province

Tortillas: A Cultural History

Oregon State

Vox

Episode 126: Cannabis with Vanessa Lavorato

The very strict and expensive rules about cannabis dosing; cold water hash and caramel; and tips for visiting See’s Candies with Bong Appetit's Vanessa Lavorato. Plus actual audio of Alice B. Toklas describing her “hash brownie," and recommendations for strains, or as we’re calling them now, varietals. (Listen here.)

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Music: Sugar Magnolia, The Grateful Dead

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California Magazine

Open Culture

Episode 125: Mofongo with Miles Gray

Eating fufu in Ghana and mofongo in New York; Eric Adjepong from Top Chef; tips for ordering late-night bbq and ... the phenomenon of taking “fun” photos at Holocaust memorials. And we try to figure out reparations, no big deal. Things get light and dark in this episode with Daily Zeitgeist's Miles Gray. (Listen here.)

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Music: Le Kwa Ukwu, Iyanya

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African Ethnobotany in the Americas

A Taste of Puerto Rico

Eating Puerto Rico: A History of Food, Culture and Identity

University of Florida

Washington Post

GhanaWeb

Essence

Washington Post

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

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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