A Time and a Plate
About This Show
It might seem impossible to believe that we have a lot in common with a peasant toiling in a medieval field at the turn of the second millennium, or a Venetian pirate as plague rampages through your city’s canals, or a young girl on trial for witchcraft, or a chef who cooked for princes and kings. But here’s the thing, everyone has to eat, and that primal need has been one of the major forces in world history since we gathered around the promethean fire. That’s what we’re exploring in this season’s podcast - how food has shaped who we have become. Super casual, right? One thousand years of history, explored plate first.
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Dec 6 16
Apocalypse. The End of the World. We kind of morbidly fantasize about it. Any zombie movie reflects back our vision for our own end. Overpopulation, greed, arrogance, the world moving too quickly for its own good, humanity’s god-complex: any of these could be plot points for the first five minutes of a sci fi horror film, or the last five minutes - depending on whether you’re watching Terminator or 28 Days Later.
But here’s the thing. The world has already ended. At least, that’s what it felt like almost 700 years ago.
On today’s episode, we sail on Venetian galleys into battle, get a front row seat to the apocalypse, have a wake for the world, and watch a great city fade into a living museum. But don’t worry, there’s pasta along the way.