Books Jennifer P. Mathews Books by Jennifer P. Mathews Jennifer P. Mathews has written books about: Nonfiction History & Society Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Jennifer P. Mathews The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books 'Chicle': A Chewy Story Of The Americas July 12, 2009 Chewing gum may be a $19 billion industry, but it's not a universally accepted practice. Author Jennifer Mathews examines the cultural history of bubble gum, which stretches from the mouths of prostitutes to the pockets of G.I.s. 'Chicle': A Chewy Story Of The Americas Listen · 5:25 5:25 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/106439600/106521662" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Books Excerpt: 'Chicle' July 12, 2009 : Food Chicle Gum A Truly American Chew July 12, 2009 Chewing gum goes back a long way, nearly 11,000 years. Host Liane Hansen speaks with writer Jennifer Mathews about the history of the sticky substance. Mathews is the author of Chicle: The Chewing Gum of the Americas, From the Ancient Maya to William Wrigley.