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Milk's Leap Toward Immortality: The Story of Cheese (Episode #108)

KQED Plus: Sun, Nov 18, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

The first cows in the Western Hemisphere were brought to the Caribbean by Columbus and were soon producing milk which the colonists turned into cheese. This program traces the history of cheese with a close look at what has happened in California - the largest dairy-producing state in the United States. We'll find out how cheese is made, visit a few women who make some of the finest cheeses in the world and find out how cheese is used in cooking.

The Seed of Life: The Story of Corn (Episode #107)

KQED Plus: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

On the 4th of November 1492, Columbus came ashore on what is now the island of Cuba. The natives greeted him with a gift of corn. Because it is a strong plant, grows fast and produces food for both people and animals, it has been cultivated everywhere but the North and South Poles. We'll see how corn oil, corn starch and corn syrup have become essential to every industrial society on the planet. We'll discover the source of corn flakes, and find out how gourmet popcorn was invented.

This Spud's for You: How The Potato Changed The World (Episode #106)

KQED Plus: Sun, Nov 4, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

On two occasions the potato, which originated in South America, changed the course of world history. The first time was when it fed the great Inca Empire and the Spanish explorers who conquered it. The second was when it arrived in Europe, fed an expanding population that provided the workers for the Industrial Revolution, and allowed a small group of Northern European nations to dominate the world for over 200 years. This program looks at the details behind these stories: how the potato became a hidden food that saved people during times of war, how it changed the way people farmed, caused a population explosion in Ireland and then destroyed millions of Irish farmers. We'll discover when the French fry arrived in America and how it got turned into a chip.

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