November 23, 2007

Poultry Slam 2007

For Thanksgiving, the time of year when poultry consumption is highest, it's our annual program about turkeys, chickens, and fowl of all types.

Act One

Still Life With Chicken

Food writer Jonathan Gold tells what it's like to panfry a chicken—with a live chicken watching you the entire time. (14 minutes)
Act Two

Last Meal

When Francois Mitterand knew he was about to die, he decided that the last food to cross his lips would be poultry...a tiny bird that is actually illegal to eat in France. It's a bird that, by tradition, is eaten with a napkin covering your head. Writer Michael Paterniti set out for France to try the contraband capon himself. (11 minutes)
Act Four

The Meaning Of A Bird

Writer David Rakoff explains how his life was changed—in a single evening—in a room of 5000 chickens. (13 minutes)