9.21.15: Authenticity in Politics and Food, & Hoax Hunters
Donald Trump is praised as “authentic” because he speaks without a practiced politician’s filter. Meanwhile, pundits knock Hillary Clinton for not putting on a good enough show of authenticity – so, what does that actually mean? And politics is not the only arena where the meaning of authenticity is open to interpretation -- what about food? Today we take a look at the myth of authenticity – in politics…cooking…and the internet.
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Authenticity in Politics
Seth Masket is a columnist for Pacific Standard magazine, where he has recently written about the role authenticity plays in politics.
You can hear Slate's "Political Gabfest" episode about Hillary Clinton's campaign reboot here.
Authenticity is a loaded word in political circles, but it may be even more ambiguous in the context of food. Bill Addison is restaurant editor for Eater and producers Molly Donahue and Taylor Quimby spoke to him about the riddle of authentic cuisine.
All those pics of @kludt, @helenr, and me traipsing around Disney World in June, downing hundreds of dishes in the punishing heat? It's now a monster read at eater.com/Disney. This ice cream sandwich, held by a kind cast member, was about 40 seconds from melting. #eaterdisney A photo posted by Bill Addison (@bill_addison) on Aug 26, 2015 at 1:14pm PDT
The Billy Possum
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Internet Hoax Hunter
Taryn Wright is a futures trader by day, internet hoax-buster by night – she helped to uncover what is now referred the “Warrior Eli” hoax, and joined us talk about the phenomenon sometimes referred to as “Munchausen by Internet”.