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Lunch Agenda is a virtual lunch date that offers us all a chance to be food activists. Kiko spent three years interviewing neighbors served by the Capital Area Food Bank about how they like to eat. She’s learned that in order for everyone in America to eat better, we need to listen to different perspectives from our own and pursue change on many levels. She’ll sit with doctors, parents, policymakers and more to hear their agenda for the food system, and will ask each guest for one action listeners can take to change things for the better.

This show records and broadcasts LIVE on Full Service Radio from the lobby of the LINE DC in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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    Investing in Food, Episode 4: Reaching for Food Sovereignty

    If you’re an investor looking to drive equity through your funding decisions, today’s episode is for you. Kiko talks with Dennis Derryck of Corbin Hill Food Project about how he’s structured that non-profit around equitable ownership and participation. Then Olivia Rebanal of Capital Impact Partners shares her perspectives as a funder who has worked to break down barriers for those traditionally left out of food investment so they can equally access the funds on the table. Leave this series armed with practical tips to inform your action plan for consciously driving towards the food system you want to see!

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    Investing in Food, Episode 2: Filling the Gaps with Chris Bradshaw & Tom McDougall

    Chris Bradshaw and Tom McDougall identified gaps in Washington’s food landscape, and founded a non-profit (Dreaming Out Loud) and a business (4P Foods) to address them. In the second episode of this series, the two entrepreneurs are joined by Katie Jones, the Director of the Bainum Family Foundation's Food Security Initiative, to discuss how they source and deploy investment to fuel their work.

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    Investing in Food, Episode 1: Inside the Mind of the Investor

    Want to get inside the head of people who invest in food concepts? In partnership with the Bainum Family Foundation, Kiko kicks off a special series all about the who, why and how of food investment. Today’s guests--Eric Kessler of Arabella Advisors, Leila Otis of the Bainum Family Foundation, and Celeste James who leads Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Philanthrophy in the Mid-Atlantic region--help us understand the different types of food funding that exist in 2019, and give us a window into how funders make their decisions.

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    Black Food History Month, Episode 3: Tambra Raye Stevenson on Marking this Moment

    We’re nearing the end of February and Black History Month, but there are 10 months left this year to mark the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans landing on American soil. Kiko talks with Tambra Raye Stevenson, the DC-based food educator and founder of NativSol Kitchen and WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture, about creative ways to honor the milestone. We preview the workshop we'll offer at Rooting DC this Saturday 2/23, and explore how to teach black food history without being “Tone Deaf as F%$k".

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    Black Food History Month, Episode 2: Leah Penniman on Agricultural Organizing

    Leah Penniman co-founded Soul Fire Farm with a committment to ending racism and injustice in the food system, and last year published Farming While Black, a how-to guide for African-heritage people ready to reclaim their agency. In today's episode Kiko asks her about Ujumma, Susus, and other ways African farmers have organized, pooled resources and supported each other both in Africa and her diaspora.

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    Black Food History Month, Episode 1: Michael Twitty on Culinary History

    This week marks the beginning of Black History Month, and this year marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade beginning in the United States. In that spirit, Kiko kicks off a new Lunch Agenda series in conversation with Michael Twitty, a black culinary historian, food writer, and author of the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Book of the Year, The Cooking Gene. She'll ask him to school her on foods and traditions that travelled across the Atlantic from Africa, evolved along with the African American community since, and have shaped the food experiences of us all.

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    5th Grade Special: School Kitchen Investigation

    Fifth graders from Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School take the mic to interview Chef Dot Steck about their school's own from-scratch kitchen, and Lea Howe of DC Greens about work being done across DC to improve school food. These students have persevered for months to learn about podcasting, explore topics, identify expert guests, write and rewrite their script, and practice for their Full Service Radio debut!

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    Holiday Variety Show

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so we take a break from hard hitting food system topics for a little holiday mixup. After the last Food News headlines of 2018, Kiko introduces three other food and drink-focused Full Service Radio hosts worth listening to over your holiday break. PLUS: A sneak peak at what's to come when Lunch Agenda kicks off its second year in January!

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    That Great Paradox: Food Professionals and Eating Disorders

    Many of the people who work in food jobs haven’t always had the most balanced relationship with food in their own personal lives. An extra layer of shame sits with those of us who aren’t sure we have the right to teach healthy eating, or to feed others, if we at one time struggled to feed ourselves. Joined by Lina Salazar, Maddy Beckwith and Patrilie Hernandez, Kiko opens up about her past struggles. We dig into the impacts of this reality on our work and mental health, and how to move forward.

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