Add Passion and Stir: Big Chefs, Big Ideas is the weekly Share Our Strength podcast about people who are changing the world. Each week, Billy Shore, the founder and chairman of Share Our Strength, has a conversation with a guest from the culinary world and an industry thought leader creating a thought-provoking discussion. As much as food has become a source of pleasure and celebration, it’s amazing how food is central to our health, environment, educational achievement, sustainability, and overall quality of life.
George Stephanopoulos Examines the Changing Politics of Poverty
Good Morning America’ co-anchor and former White House Communications Director George Stephanopoulos joins hosts Billy and Debbie Shore to discuss politics, the media, and the drastic differences between the Trump and Biden Administrations.
Changing 400 Years of History: Poverty Researcher Kathryn Edin on the New Child Tax Credit
Can we shift our historic stigma about people living in poverty? Princeton poverty researcher and author Kathryn Edin joins hosts Billy and Debbie Shore to discuss how changes to certain tax credits in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief American Rescue Plan will give more Americans support to move out of poverty. “We have turned 400 years of history about how we treat the poor and think about the poor... on its head,” says Edin. “The message [these new credits] is sending to people who are struggling is, ‘we trust you and we want to support you.’ This is literally the opposite of the message we’ve been sending for over 400 years.”
Edin describes the welfare reforms in the 1990s that were based on the fear that recipients would become dependent on the system. “The pandemic has revealed this sea of need that was sitting underneath the radar for the last 25-30 years since we reformed the welfare system, steadily growing worse,” she reports. “We’ve created a very expensive problem: generations of children who aren’t getting the basics that they need to thrive and that affects the whole economy,” Edin believes. “Providing this kind of stability is really going to enable people to get out of the tunnel and lead to the kind of long-term thinking that can aid in mobility from poverty,” she concludes.
Join us to learn about how these historic tax credits can create hope for so many Americans and how we can all work to make these new supports permanent.
Congressman Mike Thompson and Chef Patrick Mulvaney Find Reasons for Hope
How do we continue to care for each other as the pandemic draws to a close? Congressman Mike Thompson from California’s 5th District and influential Sacramento chef Patrick Mulvaney join host Billy Shore to discuss how the pandemic has affected the food and wine industries. “The [recently-passed] FEED Act is pretty straightforward: It recognizes that at times of disaster, food insecurity is heightened and we need to do more,” says Thompson. “What we saw was empty kitchens, antsy cooks, and foods in the field that weren’t being sold… How can we afford not to?,” recalls Mulvaney about coordinating with funders like No Kid Hungry and Sacramento County and others in his community to deliver more than 250,000 meals through schools and seniors during the pandemic so far.
Both changemakers are hopeful about building our country stronger after the pandemic. “I’m excited about the things that we can do. If we work together, there’s no stopping us,” Thompson believes. “What I feel now is hope… There’s a sense that any of us that have made it this far are going to live to see the other side,” says Mulvaney.
Join us and be moved by two community leaders who do so much to protect and care for those in need through difficult times.
Inequitable: Former Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. on Repairing Racial Disparities in Our Schools
Former US Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. joins Share Our Strength Managing Director of DEI Robert Simmons and Billy Shore to discuss the inequities in our education system.
Ben & Jerry Serve Ice Cream with a Side of Social Justice
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream join Billy Shore to talk about feeding hungry kids, police reform, and how businesses can make a difference on social issues.
It Changed Me Forever: Renee and John Grisham Fighting For Justice
Bestselling author John Grisham and Share Our Strength Board member Renee Grisham join Billy Shore to discuss their partnership, philanthropy, and how they choose to support issues that are personal to them.
Guests are so impressive!
The guests they secure for this podcast are so impressive and inspiring! I love the pairings of amazing voices, the range of topics so relevant and important to today’s current events, and the hosts’ natural and engaging demeanor with the guests.
Every episode inspires me
I love listening to these podcasts, they are inspiring, smart and funny with interviews from passionate people.
Makes me want to be a better person
I love the way Billy and Debbie Shore conduct the interviews with their guests. Thoughtful and smart! Every time I listen I learn something new and am inspired to be a part of my community. Having been in the restaurant industry, it’s great to hear the chefs speak about their backgrounds and how, in spite of working such long hours, being of service is part of what makes them tick.