Food Trends: May 2019 Podcast Brunch Club listening list

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Creation Date April 8th, 2019
Updated Date Updated May 18th, 2020
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This is the podcast playlist that Podcast Brunch Club members worldwide listened to and discussed in May 2019. Find more info at:
  1. From diet pills to vomit rooms, the Food Chain investigates the rise of eating disorders in China. Is this an inevitable consequence of economic development? And if so, why are eating disorders still all too often seen as a rich white woman’s problem?’ In the first of two episodes to explore the rising prevalence of eating disorders outside of the western world, Emily Thomas speaks to women with the illness in China and Hong Kong, who explain how hard it is to access support for binge-eating disorder, bulimia and anorexia, because of attitudes to food and weight, taboos around mental health, and a lack of treatment options. They describe the pressure on women to be ‘small’ and ‘diminutive’, but still take part in the country’s deeply entrenched eating culture. A psychiatrist working in China’s only closed ward for eating disorders blames an abundance of food in the country, parental attitudes and the competitiveness of Chinese society. She also warns of the dangers of the uncontrolled diet pill industry. From there we delve into the sinister world of ‘vomit bars’ with a social media analyst. We also explore the link between the rise of eating disorders and economic development. Does there need to be an abundance of food in a society before these problems develop? If you or someone you know has been affected by the issues in this programme, please see the links to resources at the bottom of this page. (Photo: Woman behind glass. Credit: Getty Images)
  2. Macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese. American kids are known around the world for their bland, boring palates. But what happens if you never outgrow the kids’ menu? Today on the show, we’re exploring the secret lives of adult picky eaters. Why are some people so finicky about their food? Is it psychological? Physiological? Can we blame our parents, just like we do for everything else? Is pickiness incurable? And why do we even care what foods other people do or do not put in their mouths?This episode features: Alissa Nutting, novelist, author of Made for Love, and professor of creative writing at Grinnell CollegeKimberly Trout, certified nurse midwife at Pennsylvania Hospital and professor of women’s health at the University of PennsylvaniaCatherine Crawford, author of French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian ParentingStephanie Lucianovic, food writer, children’s book author, and author of Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate
  3. CBD Gummies, CBD croissants, CBD coffee, CBD pesto, CBD beer... CBD is everywhere. Presenter Charlotte Smith tells the story of how this oil from cannabis that doesn’t get you high is becoming the biggest buzzword in food and drink from its beginnings in the US with the legalisation of medical cannabis through to the proliferation of products on the market today that claim to help with everything from pain to public speaking. Can it live up to the hype? Charlotte heads to the UK's first cannabis-infused restaurant, Brighton's Canna Kitchen, to try it for herself. Producer: Tom Bonnett
  4. Question: What has 3 times the protein, uses 15 times less water, and produces 2,000 times less methane gas than beef? Answer: crickets! Indeed, many believe that insects will be the food of the future, and crickets are one of the most palatable, sustainable, and nutritious options. Robyn Shapiro, CEO and Founder of Seek Food - makers of cricket protein food brands - joins host Jenna Liut to discuss how her company is working to make eating insects more mainstream in the West. Robyn also talks about the company's exciting new line of baking flours, celebrity chef partnerships, and Kickstarter campaign. Eating Matters is powered by Simplecast.
  5. Why do we eat cake on people's birthdays? Why do we blow out candles? What on earth is "birthday cake" flavor?? Anney and Lauren explore the answers to these and other layers within birthday cakes. Learn more about your ad-choices at
  6. Adela and Sara discuss the podcast playlist on Food Trends, which included episodes from The Food Chain, Why We Eat What We Eat, The Food Programme, Eating Matters, Savor. Then, as usual, they diverge from the assigned listening list to talk about podcast burnout. We talked about: Cricket chips! Chirps is a Podcast Brunch Club partner this month! Chirps makes chips We’ll be listening to an episode about crickets as an alternative and sustainable food source. Give Chirps a try and use CHIRPS4BREAKFAST at checkout for 15% off your entire order! Helen Zaltzman published her 100th episode of The Allusionist. Alie Ward, creator of Ologies, was featured as the first guest on Bill Nye’s new podcast Science Rules Science Vs. episode on Abortion Lez Hang Out – a podcast covering topics focused on lesbian experiences, representation, culture, life, love, etc. Becca Bryers, the PBC-Leicester chapter leader, won a British Podcast Award in the Best Radio Podcast category for her podcast, Multi Story Sara-Mae Tuson, a member of our PBC-London chapter and one of the creators of the Sugar Baby Confessionals podcast, won the bronze award in the Best Sex & Relationships Podcast category of the British Podcast Awards. Sara was underwhelmed by the much-hyped The Shrink Next Door At Liberty – a weekly podcast from the ACLU that explores the biggest civil rights and civil liberties issues of the day Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend episode with Bob Newhart Get involved in the podcast discussion! Find out how Podcast Brunch Club works. Join PBC: newsletter, in-person chapter, Facebook Group, twitter, subreddit Join Audible Feast: website, newsletter, Facebook, twitter Audio editing and production by Steven Zampanti of Conceptual Podcasting. Music included in this episode was ”Elephant Walk” by Podington Bear and “Paradise” by Misael Gauna. Organizational Partners include: Critical Frequency – “a podcast network for everyone else” Podchaser – “the IMDb of podcasts” Audioboom – check out Dead Man Talking podcast Listen Notes – “the best podcast search engine” Podbean – use the code “pbc” for one month free on podcast hosting The Venn – a weekly list of handpicked, unbiased political podcasts Support Podcast Brunch Club

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