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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.

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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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    What Our Region Grows: Briefing on Newly-Released Agriculture Report

    DYK that less than 3% of the tomatoes, potatoes, and blueberries consumed in the Washington, DC area are grown here? The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments just released a report that is the closest thing we have to a real-time snapshot of farming in the broader DC foodshed. Kiko is the first to interview Lindsay Smith, who coordinated the report as the Council’s Regional Food Systems Program head. We learn further insights about agricultural land use from Chris Van Vlack, a hay farmer and conservationist with the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District.

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    Teaching Food, Episode 7: Mark Bittman on Teaching Home Cooks

    Through his New York Times columns, his 20 cookbooks and beyond, Mark Bittman has mastered the art of meeting the "student" where we are. His novel recipe formats--from the "Recipe Matrix" to "Vegan Before 6" to the "Choose Five" approach--have made cooking less intimidating, and more creative. In the last episode of Lunch Agenda's Fall "Teaching Food" series, Bittman reflects on his work as one of America's most famous teachers of home cooking.

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    Teaching Food, Episode 6: Teaching Food Growing

    How do city folks learn to grow food in their urban garden plots? And how do farmers learn to grow food in huge quantities on production farms, with all of the machinery, strategic planning, and environmental knowledge it requires? Kiko catches up with three food growing teachers: Shawna DeWitt and Attila Agoston of Mountain View Farm in Neersville, VA and Dana Bourne of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Grow NYC. We talk about what techniques they think are most important for rural and urban food growers to know, and get their recommendations for each of us to seek out agricultural learning opportunities wherever we live.

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