As a kid, I remember hearing that one of my favorite bands was going to be interviewed on the radio, and so I would carefully set my tape recorder next to the radio speakers so that I could capture the important conversation for subsequent listening sessions.
I'm happy to say that technology has progressed since then. I can now hear interviews with some of my favorite food systems experts with just a few clicks on my computer thanks to the work of fellow Melinda Hemmelgarn, who is frequently referred to as the Food Sleuth. Food Sleuth Radio, which can be heard live on KOPN Radio in Columbia, Missouri, now has an extensive list of interviews available online. Interested in hearing Angie Tagtow talk about soil and human health, Debra Eschmeyer talk about farm to school? Or fellows Jennifer Wilkins, Zoe Bradbury, Curt Ellis, Lisa Kivirist, Rose Hayden-Smith, Jim Goodman, and T. Susan Chang talk about their areas of expertise? Interviews with all of these fellows and many others is now available.
It should also be said that part of the joy of the interviews is to also gain the insight of Melinda, who is a registered dietitian and urges people to "think beyond their plates," and connect the dots between food, health and agriculture. Melinda wrote a weekly "Food Sleuth" column for 25 years and continues to serve as an investigative nutritionist. Check out the Food Sleuth!