FROM Alan Levinovitz
'The Gluten Lie' We recently received a basket of fruit here at KCRW. It looked like orange cherry tomatoes. The press release that came with the fruits said they’re an “antioxidant-packed superfruit” called “Pichuberries.” It seems like a product aimed directly at us here in L.A., where detoxing is a team sport and yoga teachers are as likely to be the source of diet advice as doctors. But, are antioxidants really all that good for you? And what is a superfruit, anyway? We hear from an author who’s written a book about popular food myths, including cautionary tales about gluten, sugar, fat and salt.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."