Radio Archive by Tag

Food/Drinks/Cooking

  • The Hostess With the Toastess.

    520: No Place Like Home 03.14.2014

    John Gravois tells the story of a potentially annoying San Francisco food trend: artisanal ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Hungry Hungry People.

    518: Except For That One Thing 02.14.2014

    Producer Alex Blumberg interviews the writer Jon Mooallem, who just wrote a story for the ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Diet.

    511: The Seven Things You're Not Supposed to Talk About 11.08.2013

    Dr. Steven Bratman has spent a lot of time around people with extreme and unusual diets. He ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Dead Ringer.

    484: Doppelgängers 01.11.2013

    Ben Calhoun tells a story of physical resemblance — not of a person, but of food. A while ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Run Rabbit. No, Really, Run!

    480: Animal Sacrifice 11.30.2012

    Camas Davis tells a true story about a rabbit kidnapping that saves some rabbits' lives, kills ...ActivismAnimalsFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Latin Liver.

    452: Poultry Slam 2011 12.02.2011

    In order to make foie gras — goose liver — the birds have to be treated inhumanely, ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Message In a Bottle.

    427: Original Recipe 02.11.2011

    The formula for Coca-Cola is one of the most jealously guarded trade secrets in the world. So we ...BusinessFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Ira Glass Writes:

    427: Original Recipe 02.11.2011

    This episode of our show kicked off a wave of international press coverage that, inevitably, ...BusinessFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Prologue.

    412: Million Dollar Idea 07.16.2010

    Hanco's and Henry's are two restaurants in Brooklyn that sell Vietnamese sandwiches and bubble ...BusinessFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • The Early Bird Catches The Chicken.

    395: Middle of the Night 11.27.2009

    When a new Chick-Fil-A sandwich shop opens, people line up 24 hours in advance to be one of the ...Food/Drinks/CookingRetail/Commerce

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  • Prologue.

    394: Bait and Switch 11.06.2009

    A Holiday Inn comes up with a brilliant scheme to increase their roomservice orders. Former room ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Prologue.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

    When is a chicken your friend? When is he your dinner? TAL's former webmeister Elizabeth Meister ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Still Life With Chicken.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

    Food writer Jonathan Gold tells what it's like to panfry a chicken—with a live chicken watching ...AnimalsArtFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Last Meal.

    343: Poultry Slam 2007 11.23.2007

    When Francois Mitterand knew he was about to die, he decided that the last food to cross his ...AnimalsDeathFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Waiting For Joe.

    318: With Great Power 10.06.2006

    When you're powerless, you think a lot about the powerful figures above you. Especially when ...FictionFood/Drinks/CookingFunny

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  • Squashing The Creative Spirit.

    311: A Better Mousetrap 04.14.2006

    In San Francisco, Andy Raskin tells a story about the spirit of invention, and the forces that ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Working Class Hero Sandwich.

    287: Backed Into A Corner 04.15.2005

    Dawna Lentz was a new employee at Quiznos sub shop in Seattle when the franchise owners just ...Food/Drinks/CookingJobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • Prologue.

    273: Put Your Heart In It 09.24.2004

    When you're in school, you're supposed to be a Renaissance person — do art, literature, sports, ...Food/Drinks/CookingRetail/Commerce

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  • Take My Cheese, Please.

    270: Family Legend 08.06.2004

    We continue with the story of Eddie Schmidt and his parents, Josie and Bob, who tell the ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingParents

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  • Lunchtime With The King Of Ketchup.

    264: Special Treatment 05.07.2004

    Jonathan Goldstein with a story of the kind of preferential treatment we all dream of, where ...Food/Drinks/CookingRetail/Commerce

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  • The Way To A Boy's Heart Is Through His Stomach.

    264: Special Treatment 05.07.2004

    Lisa Carver's nine-year-old son, Wolfgang, was born with a rare illness that, among other ...ChildrenFood/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Life In The Fast Lane.

    259: Promised Land 02.20.2004

    For millennia, people have tried to reach a spiritual promised land by fasting. Jesus did it. ...Food/Drinks/CookingReligion

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  • A Can Of Worms.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    David Sedaris wishes he could take back a wish. He's the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and ...Food/Drinks/CookingLive PerformanceWriting

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  • The Journalism Of Deprivation.

    256: Living Without 01.09.2004

    Sarah Vowell introduces you to a magazine that—if you're lucky—you've never had to read. A ...Food/Drinks/CookingWriting

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  • The Call Of The Great Indoors.

    256: Living Without 01.09.2004

    Every week, Chelsea Merz has lunch with a homeless man named Matthew, in the same restaurant. ...Food/Drinks/CookingHomelessness

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  • Prologue.

    252: Poultry Slam 2003 11.28.2003

    Host Ira Glass and his friend Danielle, whose family says they're eating fish when in fact it's ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Does Niceness Pay?

    245: Allure of the Mean Friend 09.05.2003

    In which we conduct a little scientific experiment—on tape, with hidden microphones—about ...Food/Drinks/CookingRetail/Commerce

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  • A View From The Mop.

    236: My Two Cents 04.11.2003

    A guy who writes under the pen name Greg Tate wrote a book called 11 Years, 9 Months and 5 Days, ...Food/Drinks/CookingWriting

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  • Act Three.

    235: The Balloon Goes Up 03.21.2003

    What's French for French Fries? David Sedaris has been following the diplomatic fiascoes of the ...Food/Drinks/CookingPolitics

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  • What Daddy Wants.

    216: Give the People What They Want 07.12.2002

    In any family, giving other people what they want becomes fantastically complicated, often ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/Medicine

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  • When The Job That Takes You Off The Streets Is On The Streets.

    208: Office Politics 03.15.2002

    This American Life senior producer Julie Snyder explains the office politics of street vendors ...BusinessFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • It's Another Tequila Sunrise.

    205: Plan B 02.01.2002

    John Hodgman first encountered Cuervo Man on a press junket to Cuervo Nation, a small island ...Advertising/MarketingFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Special Effects Story.

    203: Recordings for Someone 01.11.2002

    Kevin Murphy is a college student in Idaho who stutters. Using the power of radio editing, he ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Prologue.

    177: American Limbo 02.09.2001

    Ira talks with Lee Qi, who came to America from China. He worked in Chinese restaurants in small ...CityFood/Drinks/CookingImmigration

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  • Day.

    172: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple 11.17.2000

    In this act we hear several stories that happened during the daylight hours of the diner's ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingFriendship

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  • Night.

    172: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple 11.17.2000

    In this act we hear from the rowdier, drunker late-night patrons of the Golden Apple. A guy ...AlcoholFood/Drinks/CookingFriendship

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  • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

    169: Pursuit of Happiness 09.29.2000

    Every year, the Emerald Society, an association of Irish Chicago police officers, flies in ...AlcoholCityFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • The Sun Never Sets—On The Moosewood Restaurant.

    155: Hoaxing Yourself 03.17.2000

    The story of two young people who, in their search to figure out who they were, pretended to be ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Duki.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

    The story of a typical American family—imaginary poultry—and a handpuppet. (17 minutes)AnimalsChildrenFamily

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  • Still Life With Chicken.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

    What happens when a chicken crosses the thin yellow line that divides the animals we eat from ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/CookingTheater

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  • How To Do The Funky Chicken.

    145: Poultry Slam 1999 11.26.1999

    The true story of how a multinational chicken company turned a white man into a black man. The ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/CookingRace

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  • Silent Partner.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Sean Cole visits Chad's Trading Post in Southampton, Massachussetts. One person who works there ...BusinessDeathFamily

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  • Sleepless In Seattle.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    What if you asked people for advice and actually took all the advice that everyone gave you? As ...ChildhoodFood/Drinks/CookingFunny

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  • Prologue.

    117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    Host Ira Glass talks about the role of mealtime in family dynamics. (2 minutes) ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Breakfast.

    117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    A story by Jay Allison and Annie Cheney, from Jay's Life Stories series. Annie tells a story of ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Lunch.

    117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    Family dynamics seen strictly from the parents' perspective. A story by Ian Frazier, Laws ...Food/Drinks/CookingReligion

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  • Dinner.

    117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    To end this show about parents and children at mealtime, a story about what happens when ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingParenting

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  • Prologue.

    116: Poultry Slam 1998 11.27.1998

    When is a chicken your friend? When is he your dinner? This American Life's former webmeister ...AnimalsChildrenFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Still Life With Chicken.

    116: Poultry Slam 1998 11.27.1998

    Food writer Jonathan Gold tells what it's like to panfry a chicken—with a live chicken watching ...AnimalsFood/Drinks/CookingFunny

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  • Last Meal.

    116: Poultry Slam 1998 11.27.1998

    When Francois Mitterand knew he was about to die, he decided that the last food to cross his ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Ladies And Germs.

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    The burden of keeping germs from hurting us in our everyday lives has fallen mostly on women, ...Food/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/MedicineHistory

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  • You Gonna Eat That?

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    Reporter, author and apple farmer Frank Browning on how irrational fear of germs means that you ...Food/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Taste.

    110: Mapping 09.04.1998

    Los Angeles Times food writer Jonathan Gold goes to the places on Pico Boulevard in Los ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Dish Out Of Water.

    74: Conventions 08.29.1997

    Dishwasher Pete, author of the book Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty ...BusinessFood/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue. Passing.

    65: Who's Canadian? 05.30.1997

    The true story of a dinner conversation in which several Americans came to realize how many ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Tao Of The Dumpster.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Writer Dirk Jamison, who gave up a 9-to-5 job and succeeded in getting something for nothing: he ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • How Sinatra Affects Us.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    New York writer Camden Joy tells what happened when in a greasy spoon restaurant filled with ...Film/Film MakingFood/Drinks/CookingTelevision

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  • I'm Ferdinand. I'm Glad to be Your Steak Tonight.

    51: Animals Die, People Ponder 01.24.1997

    Jay Allison presents a woman who "talks" to animals and a slaughterhouse owner. (5 minutes)AnimalsFood/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • On the Edge of the World.

    50: Shoulda Been Dead 01.17.1997

    The day Matthew Goulish saw Brigid. (2 minutes)CancerFood/Drinks/CookingHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Duki.

    44: Poultry Slam 1996 11.29.1996

    When Danielle's family serves poultry at their dinner table, no one utters the word "chicken." ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Act One.

    33: A Night at the Wiener Circle 08.23.1996

    Ira meets the workers of the Wiener Circle; they're screaming and cursing at each other, and the ...Food/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • The Customer.

    33: A Night at the Wiener Circle 08.23.1996

    Playwright and contributor Beau O'Reilly talks about a more typical relationship between ...Food/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • A Parable of Politics.

    33: A Night at the Wiener Circle 08.23.1996

    Reporter Shirley Jahad investigates the politics of the Chicago hot dog on Navy Pier. (11 minutes)Food/Drinks/CookingPolitics

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  • Fast Food Heart.

    33: A Night at the Wiener Circle 08.23.1996

    Cassandra Smith has temptation in Kyoto.Food/Drinks/CookingTravel

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  • Act Five.

    5: Anger and Forgiveness 12.15.1995

    A story by Cheryl Trykv, read by the author in front of a live audience at The Hothouse, ...Food/Drinks/CookingFriendshipFunny

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  • Act One.

    3: Poultry Slam 1995 12.01.1995

    Duki's story. When Danielle's family serves poultry at their dinner table, no one utters the ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Act Four.

    3: Poultry Slam 1995 12.01.1995

    Verda Mae Grosvenor, host of NPR's Seasonings, shows Ira how to tell a chicken is done simply by ...Food/Drinks/Cooking

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