This episode covers everything from puttanesca to patriarchy as three female chefs discuss sexism and racism in the kitchen. Plus, of course, snacks! First, we talk with Top Chef star Karen Akunowicz about how she handles being an executive chef at a super busy restaurant. Then, writer and chef Soleil Ho shares an essay on race, food, and identity and talks about the politics of the James Beard Foundation Awards. We close out the show hearing reporter Sayaka Matsuoka talk to one of America’s only female sushi chefs, Mikiko Ando, about old-school taboos that blocked her from getting her dream job for years. In between the interviews, we spice things up by taste-tasting weird recently invented snacks. Tune in!
INTERVIEW WITH KAREN AKUNOWICZ
“CRAVING THE OTHER” BY SOLEIL HO
MAKING SUSHI WITH MIKIKO ANDO
This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. The first documentary about the women’s liberation movement, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a critically-acclaimed film now available to own. Featuring the women who made change happen - then and continue to bang the drum of equality today. Look for it on DVD, iTunes, Amazon Video and wherever you watch movies.
- Read our full interview with Top Chef Karen right here.
- Soleil’s essay “Craving the Other” can be found in Bitch magazine’s 20th anniversary issue. Her analysis of the race and gender of James Beard Award nominees is online here. Read up!
- As mentioned on the show, Soleil and journalist Zahir Janmohamed are starting up a podcast all about race and food called Racist Sandwich.
Our show will be transcribed by Cheryl Green of StoryMinders. We’re proud to make Popaganda accessible to people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.