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By Raj Patel, Tom Philpott & Rebecca McInroy
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Every couple weeks food writers Raj Patel and Tom Philpott, along with producer Rebecca McInroy sit down with a leading figure in the world of food, history and politics. It is through food that we explore the human condition. Asking questions such as, "Why does milk have it's own food group?" "Who suffers when I buy organic bananas?" and "How could better food transform our prison system?" If you want to be an ethical food consumer but don't know where to start, this show is for you!
||CleanTips: Saru Jayaraman (Ep. 22)||“Building unity across divide is possible. Building something even better than we had before, out of terrible tragedy, is possible. A movement for change is never more ripe than when we are, in some cases, at our lowest moment.||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOp-Ed Teaching Public Policy In A Trump Administration: James K. Galbraith||From The New Deal until the present moment the architecture of The United States formed around some basic principles of public policy; principles that will no longer apply under a Trump administration. With all the questions that are on the table when ...||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEthnic Food: Krishnendu Ray (Ep. 22)||Krishnendu Ray is the chair of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University, and author of The Ethnic Restaurateur. Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy spoke to him Ray on the day after the 2016 presidential election about his book,||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean(Bush) Tea: Annalee Davis (Ep. 21)||“The history of slavery in the Caribbean is traumatic. It’s a difficult legacy and I don’t think that it’s been well processed. So the serving of tea becomes this way to sort of address that. To consider, how can we move forward?||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpin: Anna Lappé (Ep. 20)||“There isn’t a single aspect of what we eat that is not touched by industry spin.” -Anna Lappé There are so many logistical barriers to healthy, fresh, ethically produced and farmed foods — from food deserts to our busy daily schedules — that m||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTSI Extra – Hoover Alexander [Part Two]||Explore the past, present and future of food in Austin with local legend Hoover Alexander alongside the hosts of The Secret Ingredient (Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy). Hoover’s long career in cooking tracks incredible changes that have ta.||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTSI Extra – Hoover Alexander [Part One]||Explore the past, present and future of food in Austin with local legend Hoover Alexander alongside the hosts of The Secret Ingredient (Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy). Hoover’s long career in cooking tracks incredible changes that have ta.||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSugar Op-Ed: James K. Galbraith||The story of sugar in the Western world is sordid and bitter, however this past gets quickly candy coated in our day-to-day lives as consumers. In this special op-ed from the eminent economist, writer and historian James K. Galbraith,||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSchool Food: Alexa Delwiche (Ep. 19)||“As the food movement has gotten stronger and stronger, and people have been asking many more questions, not just about, where is my food coming from? But, how is it produced? Who’s being harmed along the way?||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTSI Live: Feeding Austin’s Hungry||In this special edition of Views & Brews, KUT’s Rebecca McInroy joins the hosts of The Secret Ingredient, Raj Patel and Tom Philpott, as they talk with guests Edwin Marty, the Food Policy Manager for the City of Austin, and Erin Lentz,||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhiteness: Breeze Harper (Ep. 18)||“America was built on a white supremacist caste system which centers whiteness as the norm…”-Dr. A. Breeze Harper On this edition of the Secret Ingredient the secret ingredient is whiteness. Join Raj Patel, Tom Philpott,||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTSI Weekend: Zika||“If you divorce economy from ecology then you end up crumbling the mechanisms by which the forest has typically been able to keep the worst of the pathogens from emerging beyond merely hitting a village or two.||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCotton: Sven Beckert (Ep. 17)||Cotton. Not quite a food item, but a plant nonetheless with a rather complicated history and an enduring relevance in our lives. Today, a typical day cannot pass without using this pillowy crop that rules our commodified lives.||8/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTSI Weekend: Nationalism||“It is the most artificial thing that humans have ever built,” says Appadurai of nationalism. “That seems the most natural.” In this edition of The Secret Ingredient Weekend, Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy summarize our show with Dr.||7/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreast Milk: Kimberly Seals Allers (Ep. 16)||“When it comes to breastfeeding the ideal of choice verses the illusion of choice are two very different things,” argues Kimberly Seals Allers when talking about her new book, “The Big Let Down: How Medicine,||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPathogens: Rob Wallace (Ep. 15)||In this episode of The Secret Ingredient we talk with Rob Wallace, author of “Big Farms Make Big Flu: Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agribusiness, and the Nature of Science,” about pathogens, zika, bird flu, capitalism, and so much more.||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNationalism: Arjun Appadurai (Ep. 14)||People are interesting animals. We look to many things to help us understand our place and identity in this world. We have maps, passports, languages, families, clothes, books and (among so much more) we also have food. At first thought,||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanV&B – The Past, Present, and Future of The Greek Economy||In this episode of Views & Brews, KUT’s Rebecca McInroy joins the hosts of KUT’s The Secret Ingredient podcast, Tom Philpott and Raj Patel, as they sit down with the eminent economist James K. Galbraith author of the forthcoming “Welcome to the||5/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Peasantry: Blain Snipstal (Ep. 13)||Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy talk with peasant farmer Blain Snipstal about the history of agriculture and racism in America, power, food sovereignty, La Via Campesina, land, and much more.||4/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSXSW: Tech & The Future of Food||In this special SXSW edition of The Secret Ingredient, Tom Philpott, Rebecca McInroy and Raj Patel talk about technologies that will shape the future of food. Technologies, as it turns out, that might surprise you, mainly biodiversity,||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuinoa: Tanya Kerssen (Ep. 12)||“While no one would argue that Bolivian farmers shouldn’t get a good price for their crop, these trends cannot be ignored—or left up to global market forces. Perhaps most tragic of all is that this boom (and booms are always followed by a bust) is l||4/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanV&B – The Secret Ingredient – The Future of Food||In this special The Secret Ingredient edition of Views & Brews, KUT’s Rebecca McInroy joins Tom Philpott, food and agriculture writer for Mother Jones Magazine, and Raj Patel from the LBJ school of public affairs,||2/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGolden Rice: Glenn Davis Stone (Ep. 11)||What is Golden Rice? If you know the answer to that question chances are you have a strong opinion on it. That is because a lot of the rhetoric swirling around Golden Rice is heated, but many times ill informed.||2/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHot Peppers: Gary Nabhan (Ep. 10)||In this edition of The Secret Ingredient we talk with Gary Nabhan, author of: Chasing Chiles – Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail; Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes and Cultural Diversity; and Cumin, Camels, and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey.||1/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJesus: Fred Bahnson (Ep. 9)||In this edition of The Secret Ingredient we talk with Fred Bahnson, author of Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith, about his spiritual journey through agriculture and how some faith-based organizations are re-energizing the conversat..||12/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharity: Janet Poppendieck (Ep. 8)||In this edition of The Secret Ingredient, we talk with Janet Poppendieck, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York and author of Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement (Penguin, 1999),||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSalmon: Valerie Segrest (Ep. 7)||As we observe Thanksgiving in the U.S. The Secret Ingredient takes a step back with this episode on Salmon with Valerie Segrest. Valerie is a native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods.||11/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrison Food: Dan Moshenberg (Ep. 6)||In this edition of The Secret Ingredient we talk with Daniel Moshenberg about the wide-ranging impact of food on prisoners in the US prison industrial complex. Dr. Moshenberg has worked with women in community-based organizations and social movements ..||11/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMilk: Alissa Hamilton (Ep.5)||In this edition of The Secret Ingredient, Rebecca McInroy, Raj Patel and Tom Philpott talk with Dr. Alissa Hamilton about her book, “Got Milked? The Great Dairy Deception and Why You’ll Thrive Without Milk.||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSoda: Marion Nestle (Ep.4)||In this edition of The Secret Ingredient, we talk with Marion Nestle about her latest book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning). She describes why it’s so difficult to find accurate information on soda consumption,||10/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBananas: Cynthia Enloe (Ep. 3)||In this episode our secret ingredient is Bananas! We talk with feminist writer and professor Dr. Cynthia Enloe, who’s latest book, Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics,||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPancakes: Toni-Tipton Martin (Ep. 2)||In this episode of Views and Brews we’ll tour over 100 years of southern cooking with Toni-Tipton Martin author of The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks! Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy, along with food writers and hosts of KUT’||9/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSugar: Sidney Mintz (Ep. 1)||In this episode we talk with anthropologist Sidney Mintz about his seminal work Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar In Modern History. Mintz takes us through our prehistoric relationship to sweetness–from the bloody history of slavery and sugar pro.||9/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Informative, thoughtful, inspiring
... and Raj Patel is so dreamy.
brilliant, fascinating dissection of what food means to us
As the curator of the health and medicine TED conference, TEDMED, I’m always looking for intelligent analysis and historic understanding of elements of our health. The Secret Ingredient not only does this beautifully, but it also weaves in politics, economics, gender relations, psychology, sociology, and culture. It’s 3 on 1 interviewing style comes from an old BBC show and works perfectly. The 3 interviewers play well off each other and have distinct, complementary perspectives. As an avid podcast listener of interview shows, compelling narrative, and geeky topics, this one feeds me on all levels.
Brilliant! Thank you!
This podcast is a free class about history, politics and society around my favorite subject: food. Thank you for answering the important questions about food, for exposing nutritionism, foodie naïveté, the problems with and solutions to First World Guilt, the facets of food beyond nutrition-- emotions, pleasure, taste, social relations, justice, the need to think intersectionally, transnationally, and locally, to look at the big picture or in Raj's brilliant words to make our modern world strange. Sidney Mintz, wow, what a neat way to start! Amazing commentary, amazing interviewees, funny, intelligent, deep, important, relevant, necessary. Gracias! Thank you for doing this!