18 episodes

Around the Table is a podcast from Stanley Ulijaszek, Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Oxford and Director of UBVO, and Dr. Tess Bird, an anthropologist of household uncertainty and wellbeing, and Mellon Fellow at Wesleyan University. We interview nutrition, food, and health experts as well as everyday households from around the world, filling in some of the gaps between scientific knowledge and everyday practice.

Around the Table: Food Stories from Science to Everyday Life Dr. Tess Bird and Prof. Stanley Ulijaszek

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Around the Table is a podcast from Stanley Ulijaszek, Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Oxford and Director of UBVO, and Dr. Tess Bird, an anthropologist of household uncertainty and wellbeing, and Mellon Fellow at Wesleyan University. We interview nutrition, food, and health experts as well as everyday households from around the world, filling in some of the gaps between scientific knowledge and everyday practice.

    Sociologist Claude Fischler on Food Studies and Commensality

    Sociologist Claude Fischler on Food Studies and Commensality

    Stanley interviews Claude Fischler, a French social scientist, Senior Investigator Emeritus with CNRS, the French National Science Center, and a former director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Contemporary Anthropology in Paris. In this episode, he talks about the importance of food to humans, beginning with why he decided to pursue the study of food. He defines commensality, explaining where this word comes from and how it manifests today. He also discusses the contemporary eating habits of the French and how they compare to other countries.

    • 27 min
    Season Two Introduction

    Season Two Introduction

    Season 2 is here! In this season, we have bite-sized interviews with experts in food and nutrition, and other issues that impact the biological body. We will pepper these with interviews with households on the topics discussed. Write to us! DM us on Instagram @aroundthetablepod or send us a message at anchor.fm/aroundthetablepod

    • 4 min
    Stanley and Tess in Conversation: Themes and Thoughts on Season 1: Lock Down Food

    Stanley and Tess in Conversation: Themes and Thoughts on Season 1: Lock Down Food

    We cover some of the themes that came out through our interviews, from creativity in the kitchen to inequality, obesity, and Covid-19. For those of you that don't know, Stanley is a nutritional anthropologist whose work centers on the evolutionary basis for, and cultural diversity in, nutritional health. This includes both undernutrition and obesity, and the diseases associated with them. Tess asks him a few questions about the future of food and science when it comes to obesity and Covid-19. Just a reminder that all thoughts are preliminary: we put this podcast out to think and muse as things unfold.

    • 26 min
    Interview with Dr. Amy McLennan, a human scientist and social researcher in Australia

    Interview with Dr. Amy McLennan, a human scientist and social researcher in Australia

    Stanley interviews Dr. Amy McLennan, a human scientist and social researcher in Australia, who discusses how Covid-19 has impacted the meat industry, exposing issues of structural violence and inequality. She also discusses the implications for the global meat supply chain, including what it means to live in a society that has aimed to eliminate food storage. Once you give it a listen, here are some additional articles about some of the topics covered, including the US vs. Australian meat industry, a mobile butcher in Germany,  how the pandemic is messing with AI models, and the plant-based boom.

    • 18 min
    Interview with Stephanie Morphew, Researcher and Writer

    Interview with Stephanie Morphew, Researcher and Writer

    Stanley talks to Steph Morphew, a food writer and service industry worker who discusses direct to consumer selling from the restaurant industry during lock down and what our future access to good food might look like.

    • 14 min
    Interview with Lou Chatey, co-owner of Westford Hill Distillers

    Interview with Lou Chatey, co-owner of Westford Hill Distillers

    Tess interviews Lou Chatey, the co-owner of Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford, CT. He talks about how the pandemic has impacted business, including answering the demand for hand sanitizer, as well as his spring forages and cocktail creations. 

    • 13 min

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