This special episode features three documentary stories about the ways in which, as the old saying goes, "you are what you eat." The modern industry of food, the ritual of eating, and the politics of agricultural production. You'll hear about how long a twinkie can last, and about whether or not the US government puts its money where its mouth is, regarding what it tells us to eat, compared to what it subsidizes through the farm bill. What we eat - and how we eat it - reveals the workings of our societies.
Host: Bonnie Swift Producers: Micah Cratty and Jonah Willihnganz Featured: Bonnie Swift, Jessica Schaefer, Mozzi Etemadi, Katherine Wells, Sherrie Chung, Micah Cratty Music: David Chilsolm, John Serna, Taylormayd Video Podcast: Pie from Scratch by Matt Harnack
This piece reveals the hidden powers of an archetypal American junk food: the Twinkie. Even though the Twinkie seems devoid of nutritional value, it has nonetheless evolved into a cultural symbol. And there's power in symbols.
Story 3: Does the gov't put its money where its mouth is?
An interview with Professor Walter Falcon about the political forces that shape our everyday choices in the grocery store. The FDA recommends certain foods - but which foods are actively subsidized by the government?
The Storytelling Project is supported by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Continuing Studies, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.