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12.30.14: The History Of Three Square Meals & Following The Path Of 6 Literary Alcoholics

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The image of the family gathered at the table for the evening meal is a durable American tradition. Only it’s a myth. On today’s show, a food historian describes how most families ate for most of American history.

Plus, researchers at Cornell offer tips on how to navigate the all you can eat buffet without gaining a pound.

Then, we move from food to booze: hard drinking writers, like Ernest Hemingway and John Cheever fortified the myth of the alcohol-soaked genius. An author who explores why writers drink, and dispels any myths about booze as muse.

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When Did Three Square Meals Become The Norm?

When Did Three Square Meals Become The Norm?

Putting Healthy Food First at the Buffet

Putting Healthy Food First at the Buffet

Saying Goodbye to Food

  • In 2003, as one of WYNC’s radio rookies, Samr "Rocky" Tayeh first told listeners about his struggle with obesity. A lot changed for Rocky since he first went on the air. At the age of 19, as a freshman in college, he made a bold decision: to undergo weight loss surgery.
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Trip To Echo Spring

  • Olivia Laing traveled across the U.S. to follow the paths of six famous literary alcoholics, two of whom ended up suicides, the others dead by middle age. Her book is called The Trip to Echo Spring and is now available in paperback.
Trip To Echo Spring

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