16 episodes

An in depth look into the intentional politicization, economics and community impact of food on a global scale. Food impacts more than just our daily nutrition and can be a way to wage wars & control populations. Through conversations with experts and everyday people, we will learn the true impact of food.

Politics of Food DCP Entertainment / Westwood One Podcast Network

    • Arts
    • 4.2 • 16 Ratings

An in depth look into the intentional politicization, economics and community impact of food on a global scale. Food impacts more than just our daily nutrition and can be a way to wage wars & control populations. Through conversations with experts and everyday people, we will learn the true impact of food.

    Breaking Bread

    Breaking Bread

    Today we’re taking a trip to Dayton Ohio to speak with 2 people dedicated to bringing diversity to the table, literally and figuratively, and how that action can change a city into a community.
    First, we’ll hear from Bryan Stewart, founder of the Longest Table Dayton, a community movement that hosts community meals and encourages conversation between neighbors. Second, we’ll talk to Amaha Sallasie, co-founder and board chair of the Gem City Market, a food co-op. We’ll also hear from listeners who tell us about a person with an opposing political view who they wish they could break bread with.

    Executive Producers: Cristina Gonzalez, Jackie Garofano, Adell Coleman
    Senior Producer: Ryan Woodhall
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    • 44 min
    Understanding Eating Disorders

    Understanding Eating Disorders

    While awareness about eating disorders in America has improved, there’s a misconception about who is experiencing them, why they are experiencing them and while we focus on obesity as a national epidemic, anorexia is on the rise. Today we try to better understand eating disorders with our guests, Dr. Christine Peat and author Anissa Gray.
    The stress of COVID-19 and the isolation of quarantine has increased depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. While we have learned that eating disorders are only partially about body dysmorphia and body image, we also know that they often stem from an attempt to achieve control while in a state of anxiety or uncertainty. Cristina and Dr. Peat discuss the ways in which the pandemic has exacerbated the suffering of people with these disorders, signs we can look out for and ways we can better understand and help the people we love who may be suffering. Next, we'll talk with author Anissa Gray who bravely talks about her own experience with an eating disorder, how that influenced aspects of her book, "The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls" and shares advice for listeners who may be suffering. We’ll also hear from listeners who bravely share their experiences with Eating Disorders or challenges.

    Executive Producers: Cristina Gonzalez, Jackie Garofano, Adell Coleman
    Senior Producer: Ryan Woodhall
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Food Is My Love Language

    Food Is My Love Language

    You may have heard people say ‘Food is my LOVE LANGUAGE,’ meaning that cooking and feeding others is their way of saying, "I Love you" in the most nurturing and generous way possible. 
    In this episode Cristina talks with two chefs who speak the language fluently. First she and Chef Vikas Khanna discuss how Vikas expresses himself either in person, in his Michelin Star restaurants or through service with his Feed India Initiative, which has fed over 50 million Indians who have struggled in Covid, all from his home office in New York. She’ll also talk with Chef Cristina Martinez best known for her restaurants in Philadelphia, she’s now a James Beard Award Nominee for the work she and her husband do with The People’s Kitchen, a place that provides free meals for their neighbors and supports undocumented workers in need throughout the pandemic. We’ll also hear from listeners who will tell us how they express love through food.

    Executive Producers: Cristina Gonzalez, Jackie Garofano, Adell Coleman
    Senior Producer: Ryan Woodhall
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    A Perfect Storm

    A Perfect Storm

    85% of food consumed in Puerto Rico is imported to the island. How does food dependence on the US mainland affect the relationship between the two? How does the addition of a Category 5 Hurricane affect an already perilous system? Cristina talks with Tara Rodriguez Besosa, an organizer and architect about creating a non-profit collective there called El Departmento de la Comida, and its mission to create agroecological concepts that can be used to create resilience through food sovereignty on the island and beyond. In the second half of the show Cristina talks with Chef Alejandro Perez, who started working with World Central Kitchen, an organization that responds to global emergencies, literally after Hurricane Maria hit and devastated his hometown. Chef also tells us what drives him to continue his work providing much needed food relief and comfort to survivors and aid workers on a global level with WCK.
    World Central Kitchen - https://wck.org/
    El Departmento de La Comida - https://www.eldepartamentodelacomida.org/abouteldepa
    Proyecto Matria - https://www.proyectomatria.org/

    Executive Producers: Cristina Gonzalez, Jackie Garofano, Adell Coleman
    Senior Producer: Ryan Woodhall
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Politics at the Table

    Politics at the Table

    As kids, a lot of us are taught that it is bad manners to engage in thoughtful political discourse over a meal. Is it based on a fear of causing an argument or is it that we don’t know how to have difficult conversations in a constructive way? To get to the root of the issue Cristina talks with two people who never shy away from giving their opinions, Toure and Danielle Moodie, hosts of the podcast, Democracy-ish. We’ll also hear from listeners about people in their lives with whom they share polarizing political beliefs and what they think would happen if they shared a meal together and let their feelings fly freely.

    Executive Producers: Cristina Gonzalez, Jackie Garofano, Adell Coleman
    Senior Producer: Ryan Woodhall
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    • 50 min
    Their Last Meal

    Their Last Meal

    Despite ongoing debate, Capital Punishment also known as the Death Penalty, is still practiced in 27 states in the United States. The act of giving last meals to those on death row has always been a particularly complicated fascination. Why do we choose to do something so humane for incarcerated folks in their last moments? What is that food tied to? In the first half of the show we’re joined by Henry Hargreaves, a professional photographer from New Zealand whose series, “No Seconds” explores the Last Meal tradition for people on death row.
    Then, we talk to writer Maurice Chammah who studies and examines capital punishment as a journalist for The Marshall Project and authored a book about the subject. We’ll also hear from listeners who have called in to share their thoughts about last meals.

    Executive Producers: Cristina Gonzalez, Jackie Garofano, Adell Coleman
    Senior Producer: Ryan Woodhall
    DCP Entertainment
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Raf Shim ,

Cristina’s love for food and movement is contagious.

Cristina, herself an organizer and political strategist, is able to open a sometimes inaccessible movement to newcomers. Food isn’t used as a gimmick here but as a thread through our cultures and histories, and makes for a useful and fun vehicle to explore complex topics. Cristina’s background also gives her access not only to political movers who are notable but those who are up and coming with their hands in the mix of the next big revolution.

1millie ,

Informative podcasts

During the beginning of the pandemic, we were like a deer who is blinded by the car lights. We didn’t know how we were going to do the simple, ordinary things like buy groceries, go to school or work, if we were going to be evicted, etc. since it was all new to everyone. The first episode informs us how they managed to feed a million people/day in NYC. How were farmers getting their produce and meat to the people so it wouldn’t spoil? None of this was in the news. How did it affect the restaurant industry was in the 3rd podcast and it was very good. Interviewing a famous chef, Marcus Samuelson, and someone who worked as bartender/server, helps us realize how many people are affected when a restaurant had to close. It’s the behind-the-door worker also who gets things ready. In all I have enjoyed these podcasts and recommend them highly.

Melanated Mom Talk ,

Great Show Topic 🏆

Looking forward to this series!!

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