“What you think of sliced white bread says a lot about who you are” writes AARON BOBROW-STRAIN, Associate Professor of Politics at Whitman College in Washington. His new book WHITE BREAD: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE STORE-BOUGHT LOAF is a fascinating and surprising account of how “industrial white bread” came into being and evolved to become the preferred bread of much of America. It’s a wild story that centers on a national fear of food impurity, a fear of immigrants and the quest for a bread of the future that would be untouched by human hands. It didn’t matter if it was tasteless and doughy as long as it was good for the country. Tune in tonight for an entertaining story of America and the staff of life.
Inquiry welcomes back award-winning author and illustrator GRACE LIN. Her two new books are WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEETS THE MOON and STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY. These are complex wonderful imaginative novels profusely illustrated by full color plates and intricate drawings that echo Chinese paper cut art. Both books are inspired by traditional Chinese stories and culture, yet are also unique expressions of Lin’s imagination. Tune in and learn about how Grace Lin’s recent trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China inspired parts of her books and Grace even tells the listener how to eat with five-foot long chop sticks.