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Underground Airwaves – City Pigs with Catherine McNeur

When cities formed, they were essentially just groups of people coming together in one place. What we imagine as a city now is a far cry from what they were originally.

Catherine McNeur, a historian and professor at Portland State University, takes a look at New York City during it’s infancy in her book Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City.  The book covers a period of time when a politician’s view on the issue of urban pigs could make or break them.  On this episode of the podcast, Catherine talks about the book, including the early pig riots, how the city interacted with the nearby farms, and the push away from local foods. She also tells a story about her move to Portland and how she kept running into urban livestock while finishing the book.

The story and interview were recorded at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, OR. Find more information about Taming Manhattan at CatherineMcNeur.com.

 
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Underground Airwaves: Chef Dan Barber & The Third Plate

1304p40-healthy-habits-hero-dan-barber-mWhile “farm to table” eating is exciting and inspiring and focuses on many of the problems of industrial agriculture, it has mostly failed to change the way we eat. In his book, The Third Plate: Field notes on the Future of Food, chef and author Dan Barber discusses the next steps in creating a sustainable food system. In this episode, Dan talks about learning from the process of attempting to translate the agricultural landscape in the Spanish Dehesa to upstate New York. We also discuss the book, what a sustainable food future entails, and the chefs role in that future.

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Underground Airwaves: Christopher Leonard

-1Investigative reporter Christopher Leonard has spent years researching the poultry industry in the southern United States. In his book, The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business, he writes about the vertical integration of the poultry industry and the rippling effects it has on farmers, consumers, and the entire U.S. food system. In this episode of the podcast, Leonard discusses the book as well as a chance encounter with Don Tyson – a man who carries great responsibility for the state of the poultry industry – in an Arkansas hotel restaurant.

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