FROM Kim Severson
New Orleans Food Scene Shows the Katrina Recovery Turtle soup, pecan pie and shrimp po-boys are synonymous with New Orleans, which has always been famous for food. But Katrina drove some beloved institutions quite literally under water. Ten years later, the restaurant scene has not just recovered, it’s better than ever, according to Kim Severson, food correspondent for the New York Times . We also hear from Tia Moore Henry, who was studying to be a nurse before Katrina, and now runs Café Dauphine in the Lower 9th Ward. Shrimp salad at Café Dauphine A menu from Coquette's no-menu Tuesdays Your menu's presented at completion of your meal. It's a surprise what you're served! Photo courtesy of Bill Kleiman
The Crusade against Gluten: Health, Hype and Big Money Gluten is a protein, which humans have been consuming for some 10,000 years, mainly as a component of wheat. For about one percent of the population, gluten causes celiac disease, which involves stomach problems. But now, some one third of Americans are trying to avoid gluten — so many that gluten-free food has become a $10 billion industry that’s still growing. The phenomenon is so much part of the culture that animated series South Park devoted a whole episode to it. Critics call it a fad based more on fear than science. In this rebroadcast of our November 27 discussion, we separate fact from fiction.
Going Gluten-Free: Science or Fiction? Gluten is a protein, which humans have been consuming for some 10,000 years, mainly as a component of wheat. For about one percent of the population, gluten causes celiac disease, which involves stomach problems. But now, some one third of Americans are trying to avoid gluten — so many that gluten-free food has become a $10 billion industry that’s still growing. The phenomenon is so much part of the culture that animated series South Park devoted a whole episode to it. Critics call it a fad based more on fear than science. We separate fact from fiction.
State Finances and Taxes on Alcohol It's harder than ever to raise taxes in the midst of a recession. Around the country, states are beginning to increase levies on alcohol. How long has it been since California increased alcohol taxes? Alcohol Justice has just published a study called " Drunk with Power : Industry Kills Alcohol Mitigation Fees in California 2010."
Emergency Preparations Ramp Up as the Northeast Waits for Irene Even before Hurricane Irene hit the Carolinas, evacuations were underway as far north as New York and New Jersey. President Obama said federal agencies are preparing with states and cities for a "historic" storm that could be "extremely dangerous and costly." As many as 55 million people live in areas threatened with power outages, high winds and flooding where heavy rains already have saturated the ground. Major airports are in the path of the storm, rail lines could be under water and highways are closed — with potential impact on transportation nationwide. We hear what's being done to prepare for the worst and the possible aftermath.
Walmart's Plan to Sell Healthier Foods Walmart sells more groceries than any other American company, enough to make it a major force in shaping the marketplace. Today, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared with Walmart officials, including Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon, as the company announced a five-year plan to make packaged foods healthier and fruits and vegetables cheaper. The announcement was made at a community center in Washington's Anacostia neighborhood. Kim Severson, who writes about nutrition for the New York Times , is the author of Spoon Fed : How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, due out in paper in March.
Who's Having Free-range Turkey This Thanksgiving? You may think that today's traditional Thanksgiving meal is the same as it always was, but that's not necessarily so. The food Americans eat is changing. Farmers' markets are all the rage, and in grocery stores, consumers are reading nutrition labels on bottles and cans. With celebrity chefs appearing on TV, cooking and eating habits are changing, too, but not everybody can afford to go green and organic. We hear about changes in food, shopping, cooking and eating from upscale suburbs to urban ghettos, and from region to region. From posh neighborhoods to urban ghettos, from region to region America's food is changing. So are the ways we produce it, buy it, cook it and eat it.
The Creole Controversy in New Orleans "Creole" is thought of as a defining word in Louisiana. Recently a magazine writer who denied that Creoles exist became as unpopular as FEMA , insurance companies or people who deal with levees. But that doesn't mean it's easy to determine exactly what "Creole" means. That's according to a New York Times journalist, the only food writer to go to New Orleans after Katrina.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?