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Adrian Miller, known as the “soul food scholar”, is a lawyer turned food writer who has written three books on the impact of African American foodways. He joins us for this special episode as we discuss his research on soul food, barbecue, and how he thinks food brings us together.  Adrian served as the keynote speaker for our 2022 MOmentum Gala, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ special initiative “A More Perfect Union”. 
In this episode, our conversation with Suzanne Corbett–acclaimed writer, producer, and food historian–digs into the many ways cookbooks, recipes, and ingredients serve as a unique kind of cultural heritage. We also discuss what it’s like to write about such an experiential topic as food, and how we can look to food writing, like cookbooks,  as a way to learn more about ourselves and our collective past.
This special episode is a recording of our 'Think-N-Drink" event that took place on April 20th, 2022, at Mother's Brewing Company in Springfield, MO. In this conversation with three local restaurateurs, we dive into how they are helping their community--and beyond-- think critically about the relationship between food, community, sustainability, and cultural ties. This event kicked off our symposium entitled "Humanities & Food: Sustenance & Sustainability in Our Communities" in partnership with Drury University.
In this episode, we highlight the surprising history of women in the beer brewing industry, and talk with two women who have made their mark brewing beer here in Missouri: Abbey Spencer of Third Wheel Brewing Co in Saint Peters, MO, and Bri Burrows at Big Rip Brewing Co. in Kansas City, MO. They discuss their unexpected career paths, some great resources available to aspiring brewers, and their varied experiences in this beloved, fast-paced, ever-changing world of beer.
In this inaugural episode, we discuss Columbia's Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) and their Henry Kirklin Black Farmer Scholarship Fund with Executive Director, Billy Polansky, and their first scholarship recipient, Eddie Linzie, who operates a small farm in Boone County. During our conversation we delve into the topic of representation of Black farmers in Missouri, the story of Henry Kirklin and his namesake scholarship, Billy and Eddie's agricultural backgrounds, and how their work impacts their local communities.
Our podcast hosts, Lisa and Caitlin, introduce listeners to our 2022 Signature Series and tease upcoming episodes.
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