C-SPAN In the Classroom Podcast: S2 Ep. 6 Food & Culture

By | November 19, 2022

Bread puns happen when you yeast expect them. But as they say, thyme is money!

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Hello friends we're back with another Episode of the C-SPAN in the classroom Podcast And I am on a seafood diet every time I See food I eat it I'm Zach and I'm Joined by my colleagues Craig and Pam What a Cheesy opening Zach indeed a Crummy joke sorry guys but I hope our Audience will relish the rest of this Episode As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday we decided to spend This week reflecting on the significance Of the connection between food and Culture And unlike the milk that has been Sitting in your fridge for a few weeks This spoiler alert should come as no Surprise we'll be exploring the topic Using resources from C-SPAN classroom And c-span's archives of course Food has played a central role in many Areas of our lives with often our Earliest memories having something to do With food From helping us to connect with people In politics to fostering cross-cultural Experiences with others food connects Each of us when we gather at our tables With family friends and strangers Food also serves as a spark for Collaborative efforts to make our Communities better Food is at the heart of our daily lives

In this episode we'll take a look at Examples of how food has impacted our Culture and our communities so stick Around like the strawberry jam on your Toast we'll be right back With this week's episode exploring the C-SPAN archives for programs related to Food culture and politics our thoughts Jumped immediately to our regular Coverage of a program titled politics And eggs which began in 1996 in Manchester New Hampshire the state that Is home to the country's first in the Nation presidential primary Politics and eggs has historically Attracted the majority of those folks Who have considered running for President but in years since the program Has grown to include forms with other Guest speakers including journalists Presidential cabinet members Governors And other leaders from around the Country The New England Council describes the Program as a forum for local Business Leaders to hear from candidates in an Intimate setting as they visit the Granite state to campaign and build Early support for their candidacy In addition to sharing breakfast with The members of the New England Council Part of the experience includes the Guests autographing a symbolic wooden Egg and engaging in a period of q a with

The moderator and the attendees we'll Post an example of some recent politics And eggs events on our website for you To see what the experience is like Continuing on with the political theme For those running for president part of Every campaign season involves traveling Across the country and engaging with People in their communities That inevitably means sampling some of The local food and it often means eating While numerous news media cameras are Trained on the candidates every bite Let's listen to a clip of Temple University Communications Professor Bruce Hardy talking about how candidates Have used the food photo op to make a Personal connection with the communities They are visiting the food Full of political campaigns the food Photo [Music] Mediated campaign the more personalized Presidential campaign the candidates Come into the community they want to Show the community that I understand you I understand your values I care about You and it gives them a personal light To their campaign in terms of years that This started what what decades are we we Saying where it really caught on oh I Mean I think this has been going on Probably since post-war campaigns you Know since we started introducing

Massanav to the the campaigns in the 50s Um and you know when the candidates come In they stop at the uh the right bar They drink the right beer they Shake Everyone's hand and it really connects With the community second to language Food is a tire among the community so we We refer to food in terms of in terms of Geographic region right Italian Indians So it's really connected to the Community so some of the more memorable Food photo ops of recent years what are Some examples sure um so for example Here um in Philadelphia in 2004 John Kerry came in and ordered a Swiss cheese On a Cheesesteak he got a lot of flack For that in 2012 Mitt Romney Um walked into a KFC and ordered Fried Chicken but took the skin off because he Wanted a more a more nutritious or Healthier option and everyone knows you Don't take you don't eat fried chicken By taking the skin off in the South um In 1980 Gerald Ford bit into a unshot Tamale and been into the corn husk and At the Alamo and that Community was Shocked by them in the full clip on the C-SPAN classroom site Professor Heidi Goes on to talk about how a candidate Would do well to make sure they know the Traditions of the community that they Are visiting so a fun extension activity You could explore with your students After watching this clip would be to

Discuss foods that make your community Unique and ways in which a candidate Could impress or ruin the opportunity of Publicly eating those Foods in front of Members of your community sticking with The topic of Local Foods how people Connect and the impact on a community I Experienced a fun change when I moved From the New York City area to Annapolis Maryland now I knew Maryland was known For their crabs but I quickly learned That there was so much more to Simply Having crabs as a meal it was a Culturally shared experience among Family and friends with butcher paper Mallets and crackers melted butter and Of course Old Bay and while I'm still Not very skilled at picking crabs I Enjoy the whole process and another Important food I learned about since Being here are oysters I know my family Loves eating them and and I have a Nephew who is actually very skilled in Shucking them so that's another way that Food brings people together but I've Also learned how they are important Factor in the ecosystem in Chesapeake Bay and we're quote the biggest money Maker from the mid-1800s to the Mid-1900s according to the Annapolis Maritime Museum website We have a clip from a C-SPAN programming When one of our C-SPAN teams visited the Museum in Annapolis so let's listen as

Museum docent Mark Bartlett talked about The oyster packing in the city Well oyster packing in Annapolis was a Huge industry for many years there were About 17 facilities most of them were in The town of Annapolis proper the mcnasby Oyster Company Was the only facility on this Eastport Peninsula where we're located Oystering really goes back even to the Indians there's plenty of evidence that The local Indians ate oysters but in the Early 1800s oystering became A a growing industry up to shortly after The Civil War it really began to Blossom There were probably thousands of boats At any given time Oystering on the Chesapeake Bay boats From Skipjacks like we have here at the The pier today And many smaller boats as well he goes On to talk about the purchasing and Processing of oysters in Annapolis and Takes you on a tour of the old shucking Room as he describes the job of Oyster Shuckers during that time This is a great visual clip to use with Students so they can learn about the History of industry in the area A local sourcing of food can have great Impact not just in the community but Regionally as well as Mark Bartlett Explained the oyster industry expanded The Chesapeake Bay Area which led to

More jobs and increase in Commerce and Culture of the city as well Mark Bartlett continues the oysters from the Annapolis Area and other towns on the Chesapeake Bay really were shipped all Over the Eastern United States There were a lot of Rail lines and Obviously there are big markets north of Here Baltimore Philadelphia New York Boston and so the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Was a prized oyster for its flavor low Salinity and was highly sought after In the Annapolis Area mcnastby's was Probably a pretty typically sized Facility there were as many as 17 Facilities like this in the Annapolis Area one time Annapolis is pretty small Town so you can imagine that was a Dominant Industry here in Annapolis unfortunately There's been a decline in the Oyster Population over time in this area The cause and effect of over harvesting Led to negative impacts on the Environment and pollution and disease Have contributed to the loss as well There's so many lessons students can Take away from using this one resource We have on our website from learning About local resources jobs and the Economy the impact on the environment And steps they can take to remediate it So they can apply what they learn Through this example to their own

Communities speaking of our own Communities you know I live just hop Skip and jump down from Annapolis so Pam What's the best seafood restaurant in Annapolis Beats the heck out of mizak good one Beats well let's now talk turkey This next clip features a few of President Joe Biden's jokes during last Year's presidential Thanksgiving turkey Pardon let's listen I'm honored to Welcome you for the first time as President to a Thanksgiving tradition Here at the White House Reminds us to have a little bit of fun And always be grateful You know as the University of Delaware Man I'm partial to Blue Hens But today we're going to talk turkey Thank you uh uh Pete Sager our chairman Of the National Turkey Federation for Continuing to the tradition of Presenting the turkey to the president That goes back to President Truman Yes Yes And pardoning the turkey goes back to George H.W bush look and special thanks To the students at Ellie and Jack's School in Jasper who submitted the names Of these two fine turkeys Two names I couldn't agree on more Who better help celebrate the holiday in Which they break the bread for two

Turkeys named peanut butter and jelly I have to admit to you my wife doesn't Like me admitted that's what I like for Lunch peanut butter and jelly But I also want to thank the farmers who Were selected by the National Turkey Federation to raise what's called the Presidential flock That's a group of 20 or so turkeys vying To make it here today In other words the turkey presidential Primary since July they've been Preparing the flock for this day and I'm Told the turkeys even listened to music To get used to the crowd noise And they've interacted with children and Visitors to get used to the their visit To Washington And eventually peanut butter and jelly Were selected based on their temperament Appearance and I suspect vaccination Status I Laughs No is it Yes instead of getting basted these two Turkeys are getting boosted Uh Yes here I love them talking to me like this you Might be thinking to yourself how could I possibly use this clip in my classroom Well if you teach presidential roles and Responsibilities I'd argue that this Clip could serve as a timely example of

The role of Chief citizen a topic that Your students could explore with our Presidential roles lesson which has Students explore all 11 roles of the Nation's chief executive as always we'll Link to this resource to our podcast Page for easy access But aside from the jokes both President Biden's and the ones that we keep having In this episode the president continues Later in the ceremony with this second Clip where he discusses the purpose of The turkey pardon celebration and the Importance of what he calls a quote Cherished tradition in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic Before he pardons peanut butter the Turkey of course folks as I've said Before every American wants the same Thing they want to be able to look the Turkey in the eye and tell them Everything's going to be okay and so Folks it's going to be okay in all Seriousness it's important to continue Traditions like this to remind us how From Darkness there's light and hope and Progress and that's what this year's Thanksgiving and my view represents and As we reclaim our cherished tradition Let's commit ourselves to what the Psalmist wrote Said the Lord is my shield and my Strength and with my song I give him Thanks

Let our song be ones of lives saved Breaches repaired nation made whole And that's the America I know great Nation because we're good people You the American people I forever am grateful for your trust you Placed in me and from the Biden family Of yours we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and may bless God bless you All and may God protect our troops and May get to the business of the pardon Thank you Foreign States I pardon you I pardon you this Thanksgiving Go ahead say something [Music] Aside from nutrition and the fact we all Need to eat to survive food can play a Central role in bridging gaps and Bringing people together We hope some of the examples we've Shared with you will spark interest in Exploring some of the many resources we Have available in our C-SPAN classroom Website to further engage your students As we wrap this episode we wanted to Share a clip of Chef Restaurant owner And author Alice Waters talking about The significance of educating young People through food whether it's your Students or sharing a meal with family And friends at your dining table so Let's listen I thought about my teaching

And how Public education is our last truly Democratic institution nearly every Child goes to school and I thought That's the place to reach them is when They're very little and bring them into A really positive relationship to food And to Nature and all of my Montessori Training just sort of came back to me And she believed in educating the whole Child and educating the senses because Those are our Pathways into our minds Our touch our taste our smell are seeing Or listening and if our if our Uh senses are closed down We are not able to connect with the World around us And I really believe that our senses Have been closed down Many uh in the way That Montessori talked about her work in The slums of Naples and in India But ours Have been closed down by the fast food Culture that we live in Everything is meant to be fast cheap and Easy and we are not touching and we're Not tasting And we're not gathering at the table Anymore and yet we're telling our Children to wait for things and so you Know exactly yeah and when 85 of the Kids in this country don't have one meal With their family we're losing our

Our Humanity our connection with each Other our sharing of food And those two little girls that you were With in Puerto Rico the idea is that you Should wait till everybody has food Before you eat I mean That's an idea that comes from eating Around the table and knowing how much Food there is and being able to share With everybody who's there and saying Please and thank you in the full clip Which you can find on our C-SPAN Classroom website Alice Waters goes on To share how you too can tie the study Of food and culture into a classroom Activity where your students create a Placemat that features different facts About a region city or country and Includes pictures and descriptions of Some of the unique food that is shared Among the people who live there now that We're getting into the full swing of Holiday season a conversation about food While sharing a meal together can lead To interesting conversations through Which young people can learn and perhaps Find new interests and solutions to Improve how they associate and Understand nutrition cultural Significance and a general understanding Of how food systems work so whether you Travel far or not at all or whether you Celebrate with turkey and stuffing or With a fresh pepperoni pizza or whether

You dine with family and friends or with Co-workers or by yourself we hope you Take the advice of Alice Waters and Consider how your teaching can help Leverage students senses their sight Sounds smell taste and touch to build Connections this Thanksgiving season And always remember bread puns happen When you yeast expect them We can always count on Zach to be corny But as a reminder you can access all of The resources we've highlighted in this Episode and more on our featured Resources page at c-span.org classroom And if you would ever like to connect With our team to learn more about what We have to offer for teachers and Students please email us anytime at Educate C Hyphenspan.org and that's it for this Week You're not hangry with us for all of our Puns in this episode but it was just too Good to pass up thank you for joining us And please remember to like and follow Our podcast wherever you listen so you Don't miss our next episode see you next Time Foreign

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