Place reflections on toast in your ear.
In the 1960s, using the most primitive of tools, an American plant scientist demonstrated that a small family, working not all that hard for about three weeks, could gather enough wild cereal seeds to last them easily for a year or more. Jack Harlan’s experiments on the slopes of the Karacadağ mountains in Turkey offer a perfect gateway to this exploration of the history of bread and wheat.
I’m not a podcast listener—but I think I’m beginning to understand them. At least,
the two kinds that are: a conversation or a story. (The recent hypertext conversations
on my site can feel stilted and I miss the natural alternate listening cycle of a vocal
conversation. And simply just reacting with nods and movements of the eyebrows.) And,
strangely, I always did like radio, being a long-time listener of WFMU.
So this podcast about bread is by Jeremy Cherfas—who I see around the Indieweb
here and there—and it’s all about bread, which is a favorite topic of mine, having
saved my brother-in-law’s sourdough starter after he died and continued its lineage.
He did 31 podcasts throughout August.