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Emma is a writer, editor, and multimedia storyteller based in the Washington, DC metro area. She is the person behind Plate Less Ordinary, where she shares stories about food, culture, and technology. In a world that prioritizes quantity — see social media algorithms and food porn — Emma chooses quality. She believes everyone owes it to themselves to eat well and hopes those who visit her website will learn something and come away with a new perspective. In this featured interview, Emma brings to light some of the ways food can be an offering or collaboration to connect people of differing lifestyles and backgrounds. She also gives us some tips for how to think and talk about food in a way that is welcoming rather than othering. Listen to the end for her cookware and food-to-share favorites.
The Three Random Facts Wendy Sheridan and Robin Renée impart earlier in the show this time involve how to escape the jaws of a crocodile, an interesting offer to made to prisoners in Paris in 1719, and coincidences between the people Robin knows named Wendy. Andrew Yang’s new Forward Party, COVID-19 deaths worldwide, the latest from SCOTUS on abortion laws and representation for Washington, DC, and The Washington Post timeline of the January 6th insurrection are all in the News segment. In a bit of positive nature news, five dozen bison were released on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and monarch butterflies return to Pismo Beach in force. Robin and Wendy return to the comfort of The Blanket Fort for an emotional check-in and at the end of the show, they respond to a question from the Icebreaker Deeper Talk Deck.
Things to do:
Keep up with Emma at platelessordinary.com, on Twitter, and on Instagram.
View a vintage menu from Ginsberg & Wong, Cherry Hill, NJ.
Listen back to Episode 111 to hear the interview with Christiana Gaudet that inspired Wendy!
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Watch “Wolakota Buffalo Release Celebration (2021).”
Sound engineering by Wendy Sheridan
Show notes by Robin Renée
Fake sponsor messages by Ariel Sheridan
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