“The American Way of Eating”

Interesting conversation with Tracie McMillan about how we buy and eat our food {radio times}.

In addition to working undercover on a farm, at Wal-mart and Applebees—her street credentials include author of the The American Way of Eating {amazon} and being defamed by Rush Limbaugh.

The stuff about Applebees is particularly disgusting though. And I didn’t know they’re the country’s biggest sit-down restaurant chain. Guess it’s either them or Cracker Barrel though right?

Introspective to a Fault

Heard a really really good conversation about the “hidden value” of introverts on WHYY’s Radio Times. The guest was Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

It made me feel a little less crazy and a lot more organized. Check out the conversation here. Seriously an amazing piece of public radio. Good host, good guest, and great callers.

Amazon: I guess they were talking about the heat

Maybe Amazon wasn’t named amazon “because it was a place that was ‘exotic and different’ and the river [founder Jeff Bezos] considered the biggest in the world, like he hoped his company would be…” [wikipedia]

Maybe it’s amazon because their warehouses are really, really hot. Amazon rain forest hot. 

Perhaps I’m being flippant, but it seems as though there’s a dark side to free shipping on orders over $25.

Or so says a report released last month in the Morning Call:

During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat any workers who dehydrated or suffered other forms of heat stress. Those who couldn’t quickly cool off and return to work were sent home or taken out in stretchers and wheelchairs and transported to area hospitals. And [thanks to eager temp agencies] new applicants were ready to begin work at any time.

Take a moment and give thanks for your non-Amazon-warehouse job, find a local shop to do business with, and read the article or listen to the interview {via WHYY’s Radio Times}.

Philadelphia Public School Update

Great, detailed conversation about the state of public school in Philadelphia, including which services will be cut as a part of the $629 million dollar shortfall. It seems likely that any advances made to the quality of education in the past few years, in one of the country’s poorest cities, will be reversed.

Informing shows like this make me grateful for local public media!

{Radio Times}