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First Aired - 02/06/2014 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on A Taste of the Past: is candy food? Linda Pelaccio interviews Samira Kawash, author of Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure. Samira explains to us how difficult it was to make candy back in the 1800s, and how technological innovations allowed the candy industry to boom. Later, she and Linda discuss society's perception of candy, how many other foods and beverages are less healthy, yet candy can be an easy scapegoat. This program has been sponsored by Many Kitchens. Today's music provided by Takstar.

"The tradition in the 19th century was candy was a luxury, and it was for special occasions." [9:40]

"I think it's easy to look at candy and see it as really the scapegoat of our anxieties around the role of sugar in our diet and the dangers of eating foods that are far away from the farm." [17:25]

Samira Kawash on A Taste of the Past


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First Aired - 03/08/2012 02:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on We Dig Plants, Carmen Devito talks with Blake Schreck, founder of Garden Tool Company. Carmen and Blake talk about the importance of using and purchasing high quality garden tools. Tune in to learn what makes strong, long-lasting tools- whether it be steel quality, the firing process, or the type of wood used in the handles. What is Blake's list of essential gardening tools? Listen to find out! This show was sponsored by Cain Winery.

"[The manufacturers of 'lifetime' tools] have been making these tools for over a hundred years! They've been perfecting them for so long, that you get a well-balanced tool that feels good in your hand." -- Blake Schreck on We Dig Plants


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First Aired - 03/22/2012 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on A Taste of the Past we're talking about the history of bread with hostess, Linda Pelaccio, and her guest, William Rubel. William authored the hearth-cooking book The Magic of Fire, and now has a new book called Bread: A Global History. Listen in as Linda and William discuss the ancient roots of bread making, the social and class implications of certain types of flour and bread, and bread's place in different religious traditions and texts. This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market.

"Bread is a staple that allowed for the accumulation of material culture, the building of cities. It allowed for the accumulation of surplus, which lead to craft." -- William Rubel on A Taste of the Past


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