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A show about the brilliant, powerful women breaking ground in the food world. Host Dana Cowin, former long-time Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine, holds intimate conversations with successful and boundary-pushing female chefs and innovators. These are moving, personal stories of struggles and triumphs, personal and professional, that can provide lessons and inspiration for anyone looking to succeed in any industry.

Speaking Broadly Heritage Radio Network

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    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

A show about the brilliant, powerful women breaking ground in the food world. Host Dana Cowin, former long-time Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine, holds intimate conversations with successful and boundary-pushing female chefs and innovators. These are moving, personal stories of struggles and triumphs, personal and professional, that can provide lessons and inspiration for anyone looking to succeed in any industry.

    Roots & Rights: Candace Thompson

    Roots & Rights: Candace Thompson

    Artist, activist, founder of C.U.R.B., Candace Thompson will change the way you see the natural world around you—if you're ready to pay attention. Candace's trained looking and researching includes an appreciation of spontaneous urban plants, known to many of us as weeds. "Those plants are the ones that are adapting to be able to survive and some of them are wild crop cousins to the plants that we eat everyday. Like black nightshade, it's the wild crop cousin to our tomatoes. At what point are we gonna need to be able to call on some of that genetic legacy and bring it back to our tomatoes?" On this episode, Candace uplifts people working directly with the land and creating abundance, from Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco at the Next Epoch Seed Library to Sheryll Durrant and Renee Keitt of Kelly Street Garden to Nathan Hunter at the Bronx River Foodway. Listen in to hear about urban foraging, optimistic ideas about climate change, and more.

    Want to stay up to date on the latest Speaking Broadly episodes? To hear more conversations with Dana Cowin and her fierce guests, subscribe to Speaking Broadly (it’s free!) on iTunes or Stitcher. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate + review us on Apple’s podcast store and follow Dana on Instagram @speakingbroadly and @fwscout. Thanks for tuning in!

    • 49 min
    When Vegan Meets Soul: Shenarri Freeman

    When Vegan Meets Soul: Shenarri Freeman

    Shenarri Freeman's vegan soul food at Cadence has lit up New York City—her rolled, fried lasagna was a classic from day one. Yet her success was unexpected. Freeman left a restaurant job in Times Square during the pandemic and was ready to quit the industry altogether when fate intervened and she got a job which led to a series of life-changing events. Listen in to learn about the power of serendipity, the magic of remedial herbs, and what happens when soul food meets vegan.

    • 32 min
    Catering for Change: Liz Neumark

    Catering for Change: Liz Neumark

    Through her successful catering company, Great Performances, Liz Neumark has become a powerful advocate for social justice issues in NYC. Listen in to hear how Liz stepped up to help the city feed homebound elderly during the pandemic; launched The Sylvia Center to teach kids about food and cooking; and is steeping herself in issues important to the Bronx community after moving her headquarters there.

    • 36 min
    The Gifts of Ghana: Zoe Adjonyoh

    The Gifts of Ghana: Zoe Adjonyoh

    Chef and author Zoe Adjonyoh is one of the most vocal and visible advocates for Ghanaian food. This position made her uncomfortable for a long while. At the outset, as a third culture kid in London with an Irish mother and Ghanaian father, she even asked herself if she was appropriating her own culture. She only had a small repertoire of dishes she learned from her reticent dad. Eventually a trip to see relatives in Ghana cleared up the notion of one standardized cuisine and freed her to follow her own instincts as she created Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen in the UK. And in doing so found a larger mission. Listen in to hear about the journey from accidental pop-up star to determined social justice advocate through food. And check out her recently re-published book, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen!

    Photo courtesy of Sarah Crowder.

    • 53 min
    Where Decadence Lives: Claire Olshan

    Where Decadence Lives: Claire Olshan

    Decadence has gotten a bad name, and Claire Olshan is ready to rehabilitate it. Olshan launched DADA Daily to "make you feel great about snacking, about eating, about entertaining, about being decadent on a daily basis." Listen in as she shares how she went from reluctant art gallery salesperson to founder of a game-changing fashion retail shop (Fivestory) and most recently to creator of a maximalist lifestyle brand. How maximal, you ask? Let's just say that body parts are hanging out on the table in the form of candles, chocolates, and surrealistically carved silverware.

    • 42 min
    A Barista's Perspective on the Business: Ashley Rodriguez

    A Barista's Perspective on the Business: Ashley Rodriguez

    In part four of the Speaking Broadly coffee series, Boss Barista podcaster Ashley Rodriguez shares her thoughts on aspects of the coffee industry that deserve more attention: past-crop coffee, pay transparency for farmers and baristas, why the coffee narrative is centered on do-gooder American importers, along with clever tips on how to make latte art and pull the perfect espresso. Listen in for insights from a barista with a broad and deep understanding of the industry.

    Want to stay up to date on the latest Speaking Broadly episodes? To hear more conversations with Dana Cowin and her fierce guests, subscribe to Speaking Broadly (it’s free!) on iTunes or Stitcher. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate + review us on Apple’s podcast store and follow Dana on Instagram @speakingbroadly and @fwscout. Thanks for tuning in!

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Victoria Spruiell ,

Great Podcast I Just Discovered!

I just discovered this podcast and love it so much! I really enjoyed your conversation with Karis Jagger and Fabienne Toback and learning about the High on the Hog documentary, which I’m interested in watching! Looking forward to new episodes!

ChimeraCom ,

My old boss is rockin’ the podcast world!

Dana was my boss when I was a wee-intern at Vogue. She was one of the approachable ones...although only a couple of years my senior, she was a memorable mentor to me. Years and an amazing career later for Dana, she now brings that approachable style to her interviews and lets her guests be exactly who they are. Continued congrats Dana! And it was great to hear a Brit say that they normally drank “bloody f’in awful tea!”
Like Folgers in your cup to a coffee drinker! Haha. Signed Nancy B.

rkgar ,

The smartest and most engaging

Dana Cowin is one of the best interviewers I've ever heard--smart, subtle, challenging while inviting. She sees food from the widest cultural angle--and the format of a conversation between women feels natural yet so elevated here.

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