The Fifty One
By DAME Magazine
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The Fifty One is a nod to the fact that women make up 51% of the U.S. population. In each season, we take a national issue and work with local reporters across the country to explore its impact on women at the local level. In season 1, we're tackling food insecurity—the drivers of it, solutions, and what it really looks like in communities across the country.
||CleanFrom Veggie Vouchers to Vertical Farming, Talking Solutions with Civil Eats||That's a wrap on season 1! In this episode we bring back Civil Eats' contributing editor Twilight Greenaway to talk about solutions big and small, the right way to talk about food access issues, and what the future may hold. Episode...||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSNAP, the Farm Bill, and More with The New Food Economy's Claire Brown||Food policy and environment reporter Claire Brown's first job in food was helping SNAP recipients use their benefits at New York farmers markets, so we invited her on to talk about everything from SNAP to the Farm Bill and how they do or don't address..||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Detroit Food Pantry Giving People Choices, Stability, and Dignity||In this episode we head to Detroit with WDET reporter Taylor Wizner to check out the Broadmoor Food Connection, run by Reverend Roslyn Bouier. Its client-choice model gives people struggling with food access in the area choices, stability, and...||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCommunity Coalition of South Los Angeles on the Intersection of Food Access, Transportation, Discrimination, Health, and Poverty||The Community Coalition of South Los Angeles, or Coco South LA, is known for looking at the complex web of factors behind community issues, and their approach to food is no different. In this episode reporter Melissa Chadburn takes us to South LA for...||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFood Is Medicine||Last year California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill providing $6 million over three years to the Food Is Medicine pilot. The pilot will provide medically tailored meals for 1,000 Medi-Cal patients struggling with either TypeII Diabetes or...||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Intersection of Colonization and Food Sovereignty for the Navajo Nation||Indigenous people in the U.S. are up to 400% more likely to experience food insecurity, according to the USDA. That's by design. A key aspect to colonization has always been to erode food sovereignty, but many tribes are working to reclaim it. That...||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRethinking "Poor People's Food" in Appalachia||Chef and farmer Mike Costello, from the 100 Days in Appalachia project, joins us to talk about re-imagining Appalachia's food history and how the stories we tell about the we eat impact access and health. 100 Days in Appalachia:...||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Link Between the Opioid Crisis and Food Insecurity in Dayton, Ohio||West Dayton recently lost the last of its grocery stores. Its food pantries are serving several hundred families every week, many of them grandparents raising grandkids orphaned by the opioid epidemic. This episode's sponsor is Sleep Number....||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTracing Red Lines and Food Insecurity in Birmingham, Alabama||When fifth-generation Birmingham, AL native Randi Pink started looking for her first home to buy, she realized there were no neighborhoods in her hometown that could offer both great food options and diversity. She set out to find out why, and takes...||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Redlining Helped Create Food Insecurity||Redlining effectively segregated U.S. cities for decades, and precipitated divestment from low-income neighborhoods. Those same neighborhoods are the ones struggling with food insecurity today. Next week, we'll explore one of those cities (Birmingham,..||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Role of Ethnic Markets & Bodegas in Addressing Food Insecurity||The traditional definition of the term "food desert" leaves out ethnic markets, which means these small food havens are also often left out of policy discussions and support programs. In this episode Amy Roost joins us to explore these markets as an...||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Web of Poverty, Racism, and Sexism Surrounding Food Insecurity||In the first episode of our first season, Civil Eats contributing editor Twilight Greenaway joins us to talk about the complexities of food access and how it relates to everything from urban planning to poverty to structural racism and sexism. This...||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to The 51, from DAME Magazine||In each season of DAME Magazine's The 51, we'll take a national issue and explore what it looks like for women living in communities throughout the country. In season 1, we're tackling food deserts. Back in 2011 when Michelle Obama announced The...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great host, and content
I enjoy this podcast. It is part conversation, part journalism and entirely illuminating.
Informative & Engaging Listen
It's rare to see a podcast that can tackle various social issues without things getting lost in the shuffle or info overload--The Fifty One's emphasis on highlighting issues on a local level is one of the rare gems where you feel like you're getting the whole picture AND the local solutions. I just finished the episode on The Role of Ethnic Markets & Bodegas and felt like I walked away with a foundation of knowledge that I definitely didn't have before...I had no idea how much representation played a role in food solutions.
It's also worth noting that the podcast is super easy to listen to. Great mix of voices and perspectives, and engaging the entire time. The Fifty One gets you noticing things in your community you might not have before, and I can't wait to keep listening. Bravo for highlighting local reporters and turning this into such a solution-focused space!
What we need right now!
From the first few seconds first episode I listened to, I had already learned something. "Food desert" was a term I had heard of, but wasn't even aware of the threat it poses to women in the U.S. today. I don't ever think about these issues on the day to day, but if this podcast can help to make me both more aware and accountable as a citizen, it's something I want to definitely hear more of!