The Feds & Our Food: "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Metro Connection

Filed Under:

The Feds & Our Food: "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?"

Play associated audio
Letter from Acting Secretary of State Robert Bacon to U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Whitelaw Reid Discussing Postcards Regarding the Chicago Meatpacking Industry, 10/09/1907.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/5589174383
Letter from Acting Secretary of State Robert Bacon to U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Whitelaw Reid Discussing Postcards Regarding the Chicago Meatpacking Industry, 10/09/1907.

The federal government has long been involved in what we eat. It sent food explorers to the farthest regions of the globe in search of new crops, and was encouraging healthy eating long before the creation of the now-obsolete food pyramid. The National Archives is exploring this little-discussed piece of U.S. history with the exhibit "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" Sabri Ben-Achour visits the Archives for a sneak peek.

[Music: "Sing For Your Supper" by Benny Goodman from Smoke House Rhythm]

NPR

In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again

Yotam Ottolenghi and his partner have a thriving food empire that includes wildly successful cookbooks. We go inside their London test kitchen as recipes are put through their paces.
NPR

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn't working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must "make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet."
NPR

Fact Check: 3 Questions Answered About Bill Clinton's LLC

Does Bill Clinton have a secret corporation that he is using to hide money? Is it intended to pay a lower tax rate? Or is it something else entirely?
NPR

Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.