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First Aired - 11/29/2009 01:15PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week: an impromptu introduction of our "Trash Talk" segment plus Frank Reese and Verun Mehra.
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Frank Reese, Good Shepard Poultry, American Poultry Association, the definition of a heritage chicken, USDA, the bird grows slowly, mature weight for processing is 16-18 weeks, breed definition, Jersey Giant, factory farm system, there is one company controlling all the genetics worldwide, Tyson, chicken processing, market weight, Cornish Rock Hen, why should we care about heritage breeds?, biodiversity, heritage breeds have better immune systems, commodity birds grow 300 times faster, you have to wear a hazmat suit when to avoid getting the chickens sick, Dan Barber, Blue Hill Farm, high prices are due to infrastructure, labor eats you up when you work by hand, turkeys are a different issue, it's impossible to compete with commodity, turkey eggs, to do everything truly sustainable and naturally is very expensive, chickens are different, they are cheaper to raise, most animals are killed after they stop laying eggs, there were a lot of struggles this year with turkey's, www.reeseturkeys.com, Frank invented the word heritage, Cargill, turkeys and chickens in grocery stores come from mega farms, supermarkets, www.meetingplace.com, farm forward, www.farmforward.com, if you think it's too expensive: pay now or pay later, everybody wants to eat heritage breeds but not everybody can afford them, Men's Health, Butterball turkeys, sixty percent of the price hike is from the postage, the problem is not the turkeys it's the shipping and handling, poor people should not eat unhealthy food, animal rights, sustainable food, people are greedy, if you raised the heritage chicken yourself it would cost 50 cents a pound,

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First Aired - 11/22/2009 01:15PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Food historian and friend of the show Andy Smith stops by to give us some context for the food we eat on Thanksgiving. Also on the show, Curtis B. Wayne.
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Roberta's, The Main Course Part Q, Andy Smith, food historian, Curtis B. Wayne, Burning Down The House, Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine, Thanksgiving food, venison, turkey, foul, pigeon, pheasant, quail, swan, Native Americans, Edward Winslow, New England, a small footnote on a letter noted that it was the first Thanksgiving, there was no description of dinners until the 1780's, political climate, Sarah Josepha Hale, Northwood, pot pies, fall vegetables, America needed a fall holliday, The Civil War, the conformity of the foods we eat, wild rice, heritage breeds, Minesotta wild rice, green beans and gravy, cream of mushroom soup, marshmallows, egg whites and sugar, 1920's, corn syrup, holiday tradition,
Wild Turkey! (10:00)
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food factoids, The New School, Drinking History, historical recipes, modern recipes, Esquire, whiskey and sugar, whiskey, turkey is the centerpiece for every description of a meal in America, pigs, the goal of Thanksgiving is to bring family together, the turkey feeds a lot of people, turkeys are smaller and faster now, big turkeys couldn't fly, wild turkeys used to be larger than domestic turkeys, enormous wild turkeys in Staten Island, rapid transit train, Patrick Martins, Naraganset breed, broad breasted white, Moses crossing the Red Sea was an original symbol idea for America, The Bald Eagle was chosen, the turkey would have been better, the turkey was an asain bird, guinne hens come from Africa, American Indians think Thanksgiving should be celebrated as a day of mourning, fish on Thanksgiving, oyster stuffing, New York Harbor was the largest oyster bed in the world in colonial and american times, Perry Rosso, wild turkeys were feared for extintion, first animal that was reintroduced to the wild sucessfully, more wild turkeys in America today than when Europeans first arrived, lyme disease, Eerie Canal, American's loved inexpensive foods, sweet potatos, Central South America, kasava, peanuts changed the economy, Washington Carver did not populize peanuts!,
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Roberta's, peanut butter, Geroge Washington Carver, sweet potatos, peanuts as a sharecropper crop, one of the first African Americans to address Congress, peanut companies latch on to him, lard, Crisco, the Yam is an African plant that comes into America through slave trade, the sweet potato inside can be any color, Yams was slang for sweet potatos, Thanksgiving was a northern holiday, celebrated in some parts of the south, it wasn't a state holiday until the late 1900's, celebrated in the South before The Civil War, potatos started in South America then went to Europe then the United States, starch crops, food history, tomato blight, blight, rooftop garden, tomatos didn't become popular until the 1820's, The Spanish don't run into the tomato until 1518, first recipe was published in Italy in 1543, ketchup, catsup, corn, cornbread, beans, turducken, renaissance recipe,

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First Aired - 11/15/2009 01:15PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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On Part Q of The Main Course, Katy is joined by independent book maverick Henry Zook of Brooklyn Book Court & Drew Becher of NYRP.
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Hearst Ranch, Drew Becher, Executive Director for the New York Restoration Project, founded in 1995 Bette Midler, started with volunteers cleaning up New York City, helped clean up the canyons in LA, Fort Washington, High Bridge Park, community gardens, saved 120 properties, urban farms, parks, in 2006 A Million Trees NYC was launched, NYC 2030 plan, parks department, honey locust, Harlem River master plan, NYRP, Swindler Cove Park, Bloomberg, children's garden, The Manhattan Project, http://www.NYRP.org, green collar jobs, Obama administration, internships, summer programs, one on one help and assistance, job training, urban gardening, The New Leaf restaurant, Roberta's, an acre can feed 50,000 people a year, this can be an amazing model for other cities, farming is one of the biggest polluters in the country, tomato blight, cooking classes, Alice Waters, http://www.nypr.org, recreational opportunities, vertical farming, seasonality has become frivolous,
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Henry Zook, Brooklyn Book Court, http://www.ibnyc.org/, catty teenage girls, Barnes & Noble, consignment, self published authors, Brooklyn, community authors, book tours, local radio, local television, www.bookcourt.org, Brownstone's, Zack Zook, best seller lists, Shelf Awareness, Costco, Sam's Club, big box deals, 40% of all books in the country go to wholesale clubs, eBooks, Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, Greenlight, screening process for authors, sales, internet promotion, facebook, twitter, free marketing tools for authors and bookstores, the author has to do more legwork themselves, self promotion, New York Times book review, Oprah, there are few outlets for book promotion, Independent Book Sellers of New York City, independent authors are approachable, corporate chains, independent book sellers are like a book review,

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