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            Food Chain Radio Host Michael Olson
            Urban Farming Agriculturalist

Can we learn to cook, eat and live with abandon?
Guest:  Karen Karbo, Author Julia Child’s Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life

At six foot three inches, she was taller than most men, not particularly pretty, and had a voice like a cartoon character.

Some say she was a Che Guevera armed with a pound of butter and a sauce pan.  Maybe so, but she was not born the revolutionary of cooking, eating, and living.

In fact, she was born into a straight-laced family, a formica kitchen, tv dinners, and oh yes, golf at the country club.  Then war came and everything changed for Julia.  She found herself working intelligence in Asia, where she met a man named Paul Childs.  After the war, she became Julia Childs, and the Childs ran off to Paris, where Paul took her to dine at a favorite restaurant. That meal marked the birth of Julia Childs, revolutionary.

Julia Childs’ kitchen revolution leads us to ask…

Can we, too, learn how to cook, eat, and live with abandon?

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            Food Chain Radio Host Michael Olson
            Urban Farming Agriculturalist

Why did Stalin’s government starve millions to death?
Guest:  Professor Walter Zaryckyj Center for U.S. – Ukrainian Relations

In 1932 and 1933, approximately seven million Ukranians and Cossacks were starved to death in the breadbasket of the Soviet Union by the central government of Joseph Stalin.

Some scholars suggest the Holodomor (“extermination by hunger”) was caused by bad weather and poor planning – an accident of policy­.  It was, after all, the time in which Stalin’s central government was going about the countryside eliminating private property.  The resulting economic chaos, the argument goes, was enough to cause the killings.

Other scholars suggest the Holodomor was an act of willful intent. This argument points to the recalcitrance of the Ukranian people toward Stalin’s central government.  The Holodomor, their argument goes, was a deliberate act of genocide.

Stalin’s starving to death of tens of millions of Ukrainians and Cossacks leads us to ask…

How did Stalin’s government take control of the Ukraine’s food?

How did that government manage to withhold the food from the people who grew the food?

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            Food Chain Radio Host Michael Olson
                 Urban Farming Agriculturalist

Can junk food be re-engineered to health food?

Guest:  David H. Freedman – Author “How Junk Food Can End Obesity,”   Tune into the Food Chain Radio Show Live on November 10, 2013 Saturday 9AM Pacific

Like Time Magazine’s “God is Dead” cover back in the sixties, The Atlantic’s “Michael Pollan Has No Clothes” did indeed succeed in capturing my attention.

‘What,’ I wondered, ‘could this piece of foodie sacrilege have up its sleeve?’

Reading along the “How Junk Food Can End Obesity” article by David H. Freedman, I then came upon an assertion made by the journal Obesity that Americans living today can expect to collectively lose one billion years of life to obesity.

Freedman’s piece suggests the movement to a diet consisting of fresh, whole foods, as epitomized by the work of Michael Pollan, was rather missing the target with respect to addressing the obesity epidemic, and that we would be well advised to turn our attention away from the Whole Foods Market to “junk” food, which is also called “fast” food, and even “industrial” food.

Junk foods, Freedman asserts, are where we are getting too many calories, too quickly, and where we can really do something about losing one billion years to obesity.  And so we ask…

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