Since the very beginning, PRI's This American Life has (every few years) commemorated Thanksgiving in the US with episodes about the exotic mysteries of turkeys, chicken and other fowl. They call it Poultry Slam
and episodes from 1995
are all available for your turkey day and I-refuse-to-even-look-at-a-Walmart day enjoyment.
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Nov 24, 2010 -
Flirting with the Forbidden,
for centuries, Romans and French have enjoyed the pleasures of a unique songbird. Once caught, this tiny bunting is kept in a small cage
, where its eyes are poked out. It is then force fed oats, millet, and figs until it's plumped up to four times its size. It is subsequently drowned alive in cognac, roasted at high heat, then served as an exquisite - and illegal - meal
. Traditionally the diner enjoys this delicacy - approximately the size of a human thumb - underneath an embroidered napkin
. The head is bitten off, the entire body eaten in one crunchy bite. Said to embody the "soul of France
," it was, reportedly, the last meal of Francois Mitterrand
. Writer Michael Paterniti recreates the experience
of dining on l'ortolan
, superbly told in an episode of "This American Life."
posted by Dr. Zira
on Feb 20, 2008 -
This American Life
is now offering free podcasts. A while ago, someone noticed MP3s of This American Life episodes were sitting in a publicly accessible directory. People soon starting making podcasts. This American Life asked them to stop. Most of them did
. Fans of the show were disappointed. Now the podcast is available directly from TAL for free.
posted by scottreynen
on Oct 12, 2006 -