Meet the guy who cooks for flies–and for science
Earth Eats
by Indiana Public Media
5d ago
“Bloomington is known in the science world--if you say Bloomington, people think fruit flies.”  This week on our show, we tap into the 15 years deep Earth Eats archive, for one of my very favorite stories. It’s about our visit to the kitchen of a science building on the campus of Indiana University, where they prepare food for a tiny organism that supports genetic research around the globe. This one is from 2020, so you’ll hear some mention of the global pandemic. This is a strange one–but fascinating ..read more
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Author Jori Lewis on the natural and human history of the peanut
Earth Eats
by Indiana Public Media
1w ago
"Peanuts had become popular because of this movement of new American pastimes that were accessible to like the common man, or the common person. So, baseball and theater halls and circuses--all of those places became places where people were interested in buying peanuts." This week on the show Kayte Young talks with Jori Lewis. She’s an award winning journalist and the author of, Slaves For Peanuts: A Story of Conquest, Liberation and a Crop That Changed History. It’s a book about the natural and human history of the peanut and the role it played in West Africa as the transatlantic slave trade ..read more
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When the apocalypse comes, what will we eat?
Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living
by Indiana Public Media
2w ago
“There’s a feeling to it that’s kind of satisfying in that way. It doesn’t feel so much like we could survive on it, as we’re able to provide some of our sort of staple foods.” On today’s show we’re continuing to celebrate our 15th anniversary with a favorite story from 2020 about my visit to a farm East of Bloomington Indiana, to speak with Denise and Sean Breeden Ost.  We talked about growing food, preserving food and eating food.  We check out their dry bean threshing techniques and reflect on the notion of  food self-sufficiency. Plus, food news from Harvest Public Media ..read more
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“We don’t own the land, we’re taking care of it”--conversations on leaving a land legacy
Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living
by Indiana Public Media
3w ago
“I think our approach is: making it better–improving the land every time we have a chance.  We are benefited by the sweetness of the maple, right? So, that’s a source of sweetness for us and for the people to come after us. And hopefully the pawpaws will be. One of these days, somebody can enjoy that fruit. Yeah.”  This week on the show we explore what it can look like to have a vision for your land that extends beyond yourself and even your family. We speak with Larry Gillen and Helen Vasquez about their decision to gift their farm to a tribal college.  And Josephine McRobbie v ..read more
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Celebrating 15 years of food stories with chocolate, pupusas and urban farming
Earth Eats
by Indiana Public Media
1M ago
“...Call them tamale pancakes, stuffed masa frita, the humble lovechild of a quesadilla y calzone…” This week on the show, we’re celebrating 15 years of Earth Eats with favorite stories reaching back to 2018. We visit a midwest chocolate factory crafting world-class chocolate and a poet making pupusas in his kitchen. We talk with Suzanne Babb, an urban farmer with La Finca del Sur in South Bronx and hear about how home canning is making a comeback (that last one is from Harvest Public Media, and it’s new!)  ..read more
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High school students learn about plants (and life) in their school garden
Earth Eats
by Indiana Public Media
1M ago
 “For me it feels like we live in an age where you look on the news and it just feels like everything is going wrong. And so gardening feels like a small way we can have an actual, tangible, positive impact on the world around us. In a world where it’s easy to feel like everything is just falling apart, it’s a small way to actually see progress.” This week on the show, it’s back to school part two. We talk with high school students and educators about what their school gardens mean to them.  ..read more
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Farm-to-fork education for elementary students
Earth Eats
by Indiana Public Media
1M ago
“Society has gotten so far disconnected from where their food comes from, that if we can begin with the students, start with children, teaching them how to grow food, they will be much more interested in where their food comes from as they get older. I think that’s a very important part of the process” This week on the show, we talk with Kendall Slaughter, he’s the farm-to-school coordinator for Springfield Public Schools in Southern Missouri. We’ll tour an elementary school designed as a sundial, meet the bunnies and the chickens and hear about how the school system is building a sustainable ..read more
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When a library includes a teaching kitchen, community connections multiply
Earth Eats
by Indiana Public Media
1M ago
“When you think of literacy and you think of what does that mean and what are all the parts of it– think about reading a recipe. Think about measuring the ingredients. Think about learning how to cook.  Think about planning a meal, or budgeting for that meal.There are so many things that are learning-through-play, learning-through-doing-it, in a teaching kitchen. That’s the reason  why we call it a teaching kitchen. It really is about learning literacy as well as some skills that are very specific to cooking.” This week on the show, conversations with an architect, a library dir ..read more
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Make pizza like a pro–at home
Earth Eats
by Indiana Public Media
2M ago
“Double zero refers to the fineness of the grind–so it’s super fine because of that designation, which also helps make it be as smooth and glutenous as possible in the final dough. I buy it in these 55 pound bags through a restaurant store and I just have it shipped to me.” This week on the show we talk with Pete Giordano about what it takes to make the perfect, Neapolitan-style pizza at home. And we learn how to make persimmon pudding using a recipe from Clara Kinsey ..read more
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Winter holiday foods
Earth Eats
by Indiana Public Media
2M ago
“I love cookies. They’re hands-on, there’s a lot of technique involved in them,  they’re really fun and easy to do with kids,  they bake quickly,they’re perfect for gift giving any time of year, and they’re great.” Holidays and baking go hand in hand. Join us for a collection of favorite wintery stories for the holiday season with Earth Eats.  We drop in on a cookie baking workshop with kids at a food pantry, we enjoy a hot cup of coffee on a chilly bike ride, and we toast up a batch of maple granola for holiday gift giving.  All that, plus CHESTNUTS on the Earth Eats Holid ..read more
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