Monthly Archives: April 2020

Tracing Banh Mi



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Banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich, has become a widely beloved dish. With its unique combination of flavors—crunchy bread, sour pickled carrots, fresh cucumbers, savory cold cuts, among other things—banh mi has captured the imagination of people, even at non-Vietnamese establishments. How did this happen? What can we learn when we examine the history of this distinctive sandwich, from the time of French colonization in Vietnam, to the period of refugee migrations following the Vietnam War, to now?

Episode Guests:

Quan Tran, lecturer in the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program at Yale University
Soleil Ho, restaurant food critic at the San Francisco Chronicle
Duc Nguyen, a banh mi chef and shop-owner of Duc’s Place in New Haven, CT.

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Ep. 30 – Sonia Shah on how animal microbes become human pandemics



Roughly two-thirds of emerging infectious diseases — including COVID-19 and almost all recent epidemics — originate in the bodies of animals. Microbes have spilled over from animals to humans for time immemorial, but, as our species dominates the biosphere and transforms the frequency and nature of human-animal interactions, the rate at which microbes are jumping the species barrier is rapidly accelerating. In this episode, we speak with investigative journalist Sonia Shah, author of “Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond,” about the history of viral infections and how our treatment of animals and the planet — via the burning of fossil fuels, biodiversity loss, deforestation, factory farming, the wildlife trade, and more — is fueling the eruption and spread of infectious diseases.


The Skills To Pay The Bills: Acquiring Professional Experience



The group chats about the various ways by which individuals can identify professional experience, specifically existing experiences in their lives without needing to take on yet another hobby or side hustle. Assigning value to these experiences is immensely important and usually our own humility and modesty become our own worst enemy! This episode offers ways to combat that and move forward in a successful and confident manner.