The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

From KUT 90.5

In each episode of The Secret Ingredient, we chose one food to investigate. Hosts Raj, Tom and Rebecca talk with the people whose life's work has been to understand the complex systems of production, distribution, marketing and impact these foods have on our lives. Join us, and dig in! We won't tell you what to eat, but we will tell you why you're eating it.More from The Secret Ingredient »

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Tips: Saru Jayaraman (Ep. 22)

"Building unity across divide is possible. Building something even better than we had before, out of terrible tragedy, is possible. A movement for change is never more ripe than when we are, in some cases, at our lowest moment. Because it's the moment in which we are going to demand absolute transformation, and I have...

Op-Ed Teaching Public Policy In A Trump Administration: James K. Galbraith

From The New Deal until the present moment the architecture of The United States formed around some basic principles of public policy; principles that will no longer apply under a Trump administration. With all the questions that are on the table when it comes to this transition, Dr. James K. Galbraith asks: "Is the study...

Op-Ed Teaching Public Policy In A Trump Administration: James K. Galbraith

Ethnic Food: Krishnendu Ray (Ep. 22)

Krishnendu Ray is the chair of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University, and author of The Ethnic Restaurateur. Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy spoke to him Ray on the day after the 2016 presidential election about his book, and the current political landscape, where change and transformation is possible through food.

Bush Tea: Annalee Davis (Ep. 21)

Annalee Davis is a Barbadian artist and activist, who's work addresses at the complicated legacy of slavery in the Caribbean. On this edition of The Secret Ingredient Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy enjoy her serving of Bush Tea at the KUT studios in Austin, Texas where she was preparing to open her show...

Spin: Anna Lappé (Ep. 20)

"There isn't a single aspect of what we eat that is not touched by industry spin." -Anna Lappé There are so many logistical barriers to healthy, fresh, ethically produced and farmed foods — from food deserts to our busy daily schedules — that managing to eat well is a challenge. But there is another layer...

TSI Extra – Hoover Alexander [Part Two]

Explore the past, present and future of food in Austin with local legend Hoover Alexander alongside the hosts of The Secret Ingredient (Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy). Hoover's long career in cooking tracks incredible changes that have taken place in Austin— from The Night Hawk, to Good Eats, to Hoover's—and his perspective can...

TSI Extra – Hoover Alexander [Part One]

Explore the past, present and future of food in Austin with local legend Hoover Alexander alongside the hosts of The Secret Ingredient (Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy). Hoover's long career in cooking tracks incredible changes that have taken place in Austin— from The Night Hawk, to Good Eats, to Hoover's—and his perspective can...

School Food: Alexa Delwiche

"As the food movement has gotten stronger and stronger, and people have been asking many more questions, not just about, where is my food coming from? But, how is it produced? Who's being harmed along the way? Food service directors have been asking those same questions." -Alexa Delwiche When you think about school food certain...

V&B: The Secret Ingredient: Feeding Austin's Hungry

In this special edition of Views & Brews, KUT's Rebecca McInroy joins the hosts of The Secret Ingredient, Raj Patel and Tom Philpott, as they talk with guests Edwin Marty, the Food Policy Manager for the City of Austin, and Erin Lentz, from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, to ask: Why are people starving in one of the...

Whiteness: Breeze Harper (Ep. 18)

"America was built on a white supremacist caste system which centers whiteness as the norm..."-Dr. A. Breeze Harper On this edition of the Secret Ingredient the secret ingredient is whiteness. Join Raj Patel, Tom Philpott, and Rebecca McInroy as they sit down with Dr. Amie Breeze Harper, author of Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in...

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