Burt Wolf: What We Eat
Burt travels through the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the US to uncover how the migrations of people, plants and animals that started 1492-1502 continues to impact the culture, economics and the diet of the world today.
Some Like It Hot: The Story of Chili Peppers (#103) Duration: 25:16 TVG
When Columbus set out from Spain his objective was to get King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella into the black pepper business. He believed that the islands he landed on in the Caribbean were off the coast of China. When the natives showed him chilies he decided to call them "peppers" and he had two good reasons. First, when it hit his tongue it felt like black pepper. Second and more importantly, he was getting paid to find "peppers" and so he did. This program looks at how the hot pepper spread around the world and changed the way we cook from China to India to Texas. We'll follow hot peppers into outer space, find out how they affect our brains, how they help to cure the common cold and how they may soon be used by pharmaceutical companies as the primary ingredient for 21st Century pain killers.
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Domesticated Bliss: The Story of Livestock In America (#104) Duration: 25:13 TVG
When Christopher Columbus sailed into the Americas there were no chickens, no pigs, no horses, no cattle - no large animals to ride or help with the farming. When the domesticated animals of Europe arrived they changed the way people ate, how they lived and traveled, and even the surface of the land itself. We'll find out how the piggy became a symbol of bankable security, how Spanish ranchers, British Highlanders and West Africa slaves developed virtually every name and task we associate with western cattle ranching from cowboy and bronco to lasso and rodeo. We'll discover the origin of the barbecue, visit the site of the earliest ranches in North America, find out why we love beef, and see how the horse turned Native Americans from subsistence farmers into great buffalo hunters.