Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidyanathan is professionally known as Padma Lakshmi. She is an author, actress, model, and television host.
Dave addresses the rapid closures of many independent restaurants across the United States (1:07) before bringing in ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Taste the Nation’ host Padma Lakshmi to discuss the inseparable relationship between American cuisine as we know it and immigrant culture (14:19).Make your voice heard to the United States Senate at (202) 224-3121.
In her new Hulu series, 'Taste the Nation,' Padma Lakshmi explores the different cultures that contribute to American cuisine. Lakshmi spoke with Terry Gross about splitting her childhood between the U.S. and India and her early modeling career.Ken Tucker reviews Bob Dylan's new album, 'Rough and Rowdy Ways.'Patrick Stewart is back as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the CBS All Access series 'Star Trek: Picard.' He says he's changed as an actor over the years: "I am not averse to risk-taking and I don't judge myself."
In her new Hulu series, 'Taste the Nation,' the 'Top Chef' host and executive producer explores the different cultures that contribute to American cuisine. Lakshmi spoke with Terry Gross about splitting her childhood between the U.S. and India, speaking out about sexual assault, and her early modeling career.
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Sep 1st, 1970
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5 hours, 47 minutes
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