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Season 2009 Episode 0515

Food For Thought with Mark Kurlansky

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Food For Thought with Mark Kurlansky
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Award-winning New York Times-bestselling author Mark Kurlansky takes us back to the food and eating habits of a younger America.In the 1930s, with the country gripped by the Great Depression and millions of Americans struggling to get by, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Federal Writers' Project under the New Deal as a make-work program for artists and authors.A number of writers, including Zora Neale Hurston and Eudora Welty were dispatched all across America to chronicle the eating habits, traditions, and struggles of local people. The project, called "America Eats," was abandoned in the early 1940s because of the World War and was never completed.The National Constitution Center hosts a conversation with Mark Kurlansky about the WPA's portrait of food in Pre-World War II America. Rick Nichols of the Philadelphia Inquirer moderates.moreless
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