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How did a story about hog rectum and calamari on public radio capture the public's attention and win a James Beard Award? Find out on a brand new episode of Eat Your Words, as host Talia Ralph is joined by Ben Calhoun, a producer for NPR's This American Life, who contributed the story about hog rectum to the popular public radio show. He got a tip about a meat plant selling pig intestines as fake calamari, wondered if it could be true, and decided to investigate. Tune in as Ben explains how the story came to life and shares why he became so emotionally invested in the possibility of pork bung masquerading as seafood. This program was brought to you by Consider Bardwell Farm

"I like finding all the paths to go down and chasing them all as far as they can possibly go." [06:00]

"Pricing in American food culture ends up obscuring so many other things that are happening with those foods." [25:00]

"The story appealed to different parts of my personality as a journalist and somebody who likes to make radio [...] I love the idea of it. If you didn't have to use the word rectum, it could be a children's book." [27:00]

"If you eat calamari in the United States, I can't guarantee anything but I'd bet everything I own that you're not eating hog rectum [...] eat your calamari with confidence!" [28:00]

--Ben Calhoun on Eat Your Words


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Forty years ago Kermit Lynch seemed like an unlikely wine hero. A struggling musician with a fledgling handbag business no one, least of all himself, would have predicted his groundbreaking future as a wine importer and retailer in Berkley California. The American wine-drinking landscape has been forever changed by his work. Kermit is the recipient of two James Beard Awards and was knighted by the French government with their prestigious “Legion d’Honneur”. In 1988, Kermit wrote “Adventures on the Wine Route", which many consider to be the best wine book on the business. Tune in to Evolutionaries to hear his story, in his words. This program has been sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards and Sons

"Of all the unsulfured wines I've imported, only one of them was 100% consistent." Kermit Lynch on Evolutionaries

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This week on Chef's Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton chats with acclaimed chef Dan Barber. Dan is the co-owner and executive chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of the forthcoming book, The Third Plate (May 2014, The Penguin Press). His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times, along with many other publications. Appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Dan continues the work that he began as a member of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture's board of directors: to blur the line between the dining experience and the educational, bringing the principles of good farming directly to the table. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the country's Outstanding Chef (2009).In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.

"The third plate is the basis of all great cuisines." [04:00]

"We're a very young country and we have this freakish soil fertility." [05:00]

--Dan Barber on Chef's Story


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