Episode 46: From Food Industry to Food Hero with K80 Jones

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I am incredibly excited to kick start our THIRD season today, complete with a brand new theme song by Lukas Wojcicki!  

This season is going to be particularly unique, as I will be sharing some on-the-ground interviews I was lucky enough to do at the 2019 Terroir Food Symposium in Toronto this past May. So for the rest of the summer season, you’ll get a new long-format regular interview every OTHER week, and between these biweekly interviews, I’ll be sharing some mini pop up interviews from Terroir. These are shorter, and admittedly steeped in a lot of noise from the crowds during the event, but they were incredibly moving discussions and I’m really excited to share these on top of the normally scheduled interviews.

SO with that all being said, let me introduce this week’s guest: K80 Jones of one of MY favourite shows, Food Heroes Podcast!


K80 and I established a friendship over social media pretty early on when I started AnthroDish, and we’ve been each other’s cheerleaders ever since. It’s always incredibly cool to establish a connection with someone so far away and then have it turn into a real, tangible conversation around food, something we’re both very passionate about!

For those of you who do not know K80, she is an innovator and self-proclaimed food geek with over a decade of experience in the food industry. She created new product categories while working as a Food Technologist in the Organic and Natural food industry. Her concern for the future of food led to the creation of the Food Heroes Podcast.

Today on AnthroDish, we’re exploring K80’s passion for positive conversation around food systems and sustainability. We explore her past in the food industry and how that’s helped to fuel her show and the themes she tackles on it. We also have a really cool chat about what it’s like hosting and creating food podcasts, so if you’ve ever had questions for K80 or I about what it’s like creating these shows or some of our thought processes while we interview, stay tuned for that too! Many thanks to K80, it’s such a pleasure to connect with fellow podcasters around the topic of food, and I really enjoyed getting to know the woman behind the show more!

Listen to the episode in the player above, or find us on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and iHeartRadio!

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45: Behind the Scenes with Sarah and Lukas!


In a special episode to wind down Season 2, host Sarah Duignan and sound producer Lukas Wojcicki are doing a super fun behind the scenes episode! We put out a call for questions on social media last week, and tried to answer most of your questions. We talk about our process of starting the show, some of the learning curves and ways in which our own understandings of food have changed since we first launched the podcast in July 2018. We also highlight some of our personal favourite episodes, and drop some hints about what to expect in season 3! 

**AnthroDish will be on a break for May, with regular Season 3 interviews starting up again June 4th. Until then, we might have a couple of surprise mini-episodes coming your way! 

Thanks for listening as always, and be sure to drop us a line on social media, we always love hearing from this wonderful food community! Listen to the episode in the player above, or download on your preferred podcasting platform!

Episode 44: Latinx Navigations of Diet, Health, and Illness in Chicago with Dr. Lilian Milanes

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My guest this week is Dr. Lilian Milanes, an assistant professor of Anthropology at William Paterson University in New Jersey. As a Floridian Cuban-American, she received her B.S. in anthropology from the University of Central Florida and earned her PhD in anthropology at the University of Kentucky. As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Milanes focuses on the various contexts of health inequities in the US, especially surrounding Latinx communities. Her dissertation research emphasized health narratives of Chicago Latinx in their experiences with diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. As a product of various mentoring villages, she is passionate about supporting undergraduate research opportunities and community engaged research.

I was first introduced to Dr. Milanes work at the AAA meetings this past November in San Jose, and was completely struck by her research, as she was speaking on some of the difficult negotiations and dietary shifts experienced by Latinx communities with respect to chronic health conditions. We speak today on some of the themes she brought up in her AAA talk. We unpack how Latinx communities can get homogenized in health strategies and guidelines, and how communities and researchers are working to create more contextual and culturally specific dialogues to help improve access to healthcare. Dr. Milanes is someone I admire a lot, and it was so wonderful being able to speak with her and learn more about her work.

Check out the full episode in the player above, or on any major podcast platform!

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Humboldt Park Ethnographies/Reading Recommendations

  • Felix Padilla (1988) "Puerto Rican Chicago"

  • Gina Perez (2004) "The Near Northwest Side Story Migration, Displacement, and Puerto Rican Families”

  • Marilyn M. Thomas-Houston (2004) "'Stony the Road' to Change: Black Mississippians and the Culture of Social Relations" 

  • Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas (2005) "National Performances: The Politics of Class, Race, and Space in Puerto Rican Chicago"

  • Merida M. Rua (2008) "A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago's Puerto Rican Neighborhoods"

  • Lilia Fernandez (2014)"Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago"

  • Jonathan Rosa (2019) "Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad"

Episode 43: Can We Really Have a Global Diet? with Dr. Sarah Rotz

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I came across this week’s guest on Twitter and was so grateful for it, because her perspective and research on food systems is a complete inspiration. I’m interviewing Dr. Sarah Rotz, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Geography at Queens University, as part of the CIHR funded “A SHARED Future” project. Sarah has a PhD in geography from the University of Guelph and has published on topics ranging from the political economy of farmland tenure and critical perspectives of big data in agriculture, to the ways that settler-colonial logics and gendered narratives uphold extractive practices and relationships on the land.

As a settler-scholar-activist, Sarah’s work focuses on political ecologies of land and food systems, settler colonial patriarchy, and concepts of sovereignty and justice related to food, water, energy and the ecosystems that support them. Her current research critically explores how settler and Indigenous relationships are emerging through land-based, Indigenous food and energy sovereignty projects across Canada.

We’re focusing this conversation around the idea of a global diet or globalized food systems. Given Sarah’s unique perspective and research on food systems as they relate to ideas of power, colonialism, and Indigenous sovereignty, I was really excited to speak with her on the strengths and limits to globalized food systems approaches. I definitely have a tendency to become somewhat negative or in my head when it comes to thinking about solutions and changes to our relationships with food and land, and Sarah shares some incredible perspectives and ways to navigate how we feel and emotionally connect with food systems.

Check out the episode in the player above, or download on any major podcast platform!


Episode 42: Natural Wines and Sustainable Viticulture with Emily Harman

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This week I’m speaking with the very cool Emily Harman, a sommelier and wine consultant. Emily is the independent owner of VinaLupa, a sommelier consultancy which she began in 2015 by working with restaurants and hotels in London England, advising them on aspects relating to wine and providing training to food and beverage teams. Since then, the business has grown and expanded, now reaching across a number of countries and markets in the UK, Germany, and USA. She is also one of the hosts and creators of JUICE podcast, an entertaining and accessible podcast in which Emily and her co-host Guen Douglas share stories, knowledge, and banter on their favourite bottles of wine.

Today we explore the topic of natural wines and sustainability with a bit more depth – she kindly explains what the term “natural wine” encompasses, some of the challenges and benefits to these modes of production, and the integral role of farming and landscape. She also explores what makes our current era such a fascinating and fun time to be a wine consultant, and the ways wine culture is shifting for the better. For those of you listening who may be a bit daunted by the subject, Emily is wonderful at breaking down the hurdles of language and the broadness of the topic in a clear and fun way!


Episode 41: The Neurobiology of Eating Disorders with Dr. Jillian Lampert

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If you’ve been listening to AnthroDish for a while, you know that the topic of disordered eating is one that holds tremendous meaning for myself both personally and from a research perspective. I am always passionate about exploring the spectrum of eating disorders with experts and had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Jillian Lampert on the neurobiology of disordered eating. Jillian is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Emily Program, a US-based program that is recognized for its compassionate and personalized approach to eating disorder awareness, treatment, and lifetime recovery. She is also the co-founder of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium, and the Treasurer for Eating Disorders Coalition. If you ask Jillian what her goal in life is, she says its to raise her 14 year old daughter to grow up loving herself. So basically, she's awesome.

It is clear when Jillian speaks that she has a passion for sharing her story and educating others about eating disorders. In our conversation, we discuss which sorts of people are more vulnerable to develop eating disorders. She explores how we have varied responses to hunger and satiation, and how that impacts our behaviours around eating. Something I really appreciate about her as a science communicator is her ability to break down neurobiological research in an engaging way, so I am excited for you to hear about all the cool work she’s been a part of.

Enjoy the episode in the player above, or download on your preferred podcast platform!

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