With corporate money at the wheel, whither then for the progressive?
As the populist wave that swept President Obama into office gives way to Business as Usual, Americans are waking up to the realities of life in a plutocracy. Both Frank Rich in the New York Times and Chris Hedges on Alternet reflect on this point in grand fashion. Rich, in a column titled "Who Will Stand Up to the Superrich?" writes that the issue is "issue is whether the country can afford the systemic damage being done by the ever-growing income inequality between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, whether poor, middle class or even rich."
Host Eugene Bradley interviews Hrold McGee, noted food expert and award-winning author of the culinary bible On Food and Cooking and "The Curious Cook" column in The New York TImes. They discuss McGee's new book, "Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Food and Recipes."
Our October show featured all things fermented and French. First, organizers of Portland's second annual Fermentation Festival joined us in-studio to tell us about the D.I.Y. pickles, krauts and kefirs they exhibited at the second annual Portland Fermentation Festival. Then David Welch, the co-owner and bar master at Lincoln, stopped by to plug another D.I.Y. event. He's running a "Bar Camp" to take the fear out of mixing old-fashioned cocktails. Finally, Laura presented a brief recording with favorite cookbook author Dorie Greenspan, who has just published Around My French Table.