Books Chicle The Chewing Gum of the Americas, From the Ancient Maya to William Wrigley by Jennifer P. Mathews and Gillian P. Schultz Paperback, 142 pages, Univ of Arizona Pr, List Price: $17.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleChicleSubtitleThe Chewing Gum of the Americas, From the Ancient Maya to William WrigleyAuthorJennifer P. Mathews and Gillian P. Schultz Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Chicle 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.