All posts in October 2018

Episode 2 – Food of the Future

Air Date: Oct. 24, 2018
Episode: Food of the Future

On today’s show we’re talking about the future of food. In recent decades, globalization has dramatically changed the way we eat. Shipping food all around the world contributes to climate change, and so does meat produced on factory farms. As the earth warms, cycles of drought and flood will threaten the grain supply. On top of all that, the number of stomachs to fill, is only growing.


1. About 30 percent of the world’s population eat insects as part of their everyday diet. Now bugs are having a moment in the NYC culinary scene.
2. Inside FoodBytes, an annual pitch competition that introduces new technology to the food sector
3. Scenes from a bratwurst eating contest
4. A conversation about fair scheduling laws

NYC “Freegan” David Emanuel talks about food waste and “dumpster diving” in the city.

Singer-songwriter Kelly Quigley performs live.

Producer: Avi Scher
Host: Comice Johnson
Assistant Producer: Matt Cutler
Music Producer: Rob Dozier
Digital Producer: Allie Weintraub
Stories by: Ariama Long, Comice Johnson, Camille Smith and Max Zahn

Bass Culture Players
Rod Hamilton & Tiffany Seal

‘Salty Scorpions’: Insects Are Having a Culinary Moment
By Ariama Long

About 30 percent of the world’s population eat bugs as part of their everyday diet. They have more flavor than you might think. Crickets are nutty and scorpions are uncharacteristically salty. But Americans still haven’t gotten on board. Maybe, all it takes is some culinary creativity.

Inventors Pitch New Food Tech at NYC Competition
By Camille Smith

Last week, people from all over the world gathered in New York City for FoodBytes, a pitch competition that started three years ago to introduce new technology to the food industry. Nineteen start-ups took to the stage to showcase their inventions.

Scenes From a Bratwurst Eating Competition 
By Comice Johnson

Comice Johnson stops by a bratwurst eating contest at a bar in midtown called Bierhaus. Semi-professional eaters and amateurs battled for a $700 prize. The bar was packed with rowdy drinkers, who cheered enthusiastically.

Episode 1 – Good Grief

Air Date: Oct. 17, 2018
Episode: Good Grief

Loss is one of the hardest parts of life we have to cope with, whether it’s the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or anything important to us. Grief can be an arduous process that happens in stages: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression. But, hopefully, you get to acceptance.


1. Inside a 10-step program for climate grief
2. How people experiencing grief become the target of psychic scam artists
3. Why is economic loss threatening upstate New York?

We’re joined by “Teach Me How to Die” author Joseph Rauch, talking about grief in the digital age.

Also, our musical guest, Nick Klein, joins us for a live techno performance in the studio. 

Producer: Lea Ceasrine
Host: Josh Christensen
Assistant Producer: Matt Cutler
Music Producer: Rob Dozier
Digital Producer: Allie Weintraub
Stories by: Avichai Scher, Allie Weintraub and Matt Cutler

Music Credits: Blue Dot Sessions, Eola, Jorge Mario Zuleta and Foodman

10-step Program for Climate Grief
By Avichai Scher

Earlier this month, the UN released a report that said the planet could be facing catastrophic results. Mass migration, famine, drought. A humanitarian crisis on a scale we’ve never seen. The really frightening part of this report is that this could all happen much sooner than we thought. 

Reporter Avi Scher has been taking a look at how climate change has been affecting mental health and how some are coping with this looming threat.

Psychic Scammers Target Grieving Victims
By Allie Weintraub

People who are suffering from grief like a recent divorce, death of a family member, or a serious illness sometimes, understandably, turn to any number of places for comfort – and this vulnerability can make them easy targets. After one woman turned to spiritual intervention for career advice, a local psychic pried open her past and ended up taking much more.

Trade Tensions Threaten Town Near Canadian Border

By Matt Cutler

Recently, Canada and the U.S. finally agreed on a new set of trade rules. In the deal, some Canadian dairy tariffs were dropped and there are discounts for vehicles made in North America. That all sounds good, but the fight over trade was really bitter and and could have lasting impacts – some U.S. counties reliant on Canadian industry are nervous of how the fallout might actually hurt their economies.

Reporter Matt Cutler goes to a town about an hour south of Montreal dealing with this.