After a tick bite, Amy Pearl developed a meat allergy called alpha-gal. (We shared her story in an episode a few years ago -- longtime listeners already know that she is one of the most hilarious people on the planet.) This week, Amy draws on her experience to help a listener whose serious food allergy is affecting his relationship with his fiancée. Plus, what do you do when your husband won’t stop slopping hummus onto everything you cook? And why won’t Amy accept Dan’s instagram request? Today's sponsors: Visit (promo code: SPORKFUL).
Jelly: A Musical Odyssey
From the Harlem Renaissance to Beyonce and beyond, we explore references to jelly in music that span decades and genres. Along the way, we hear the story of a famous moment in internet history, explore depictions of black women in music, and learn how jelly became an affirmation for LGBTQIA+ identity. For the grand finale, we compose and perform an original song about jelly. Today's sponsors: Go to (promo code: SPORKFUL).
Live: Pigs In Blankets: One Woman's Journey
Mary Giuliani grew up as one of the few Italian kids in a mostly Jewish town, so she went to lots of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs – the Jewish rite of passage that comes at age 13. And at these parties, while the other kids were slow dancing awkwardly, Mary was engaged in a different kind of youthful discovery – she was falling in love with pigs in blankets. Little did she know that this classic appetizer would become the foundation for her meteoric rise to catering stardom. In this week's show, taped live on stage, Mary talks about what she learned from her Grandma Lucille – a powerful hotel owner when few women held such a job -- and how working crazy hours, and struggling with infertility, affected her marriage. Today's sponsors: Go to (promo code: SPORKFUL).
Live: Marcus Samuelsson: "Somebody Lied"
The TV host and chef behind Red Rooster Harlem was taught in culinary school that French cuisine is the gold standard of cooking. One day, he realized, "Somebody lied." In this week's show, taped live on stage at the Museum of the City Of New York, Marcus Samuelsson talks about the life experiences that have informed his approach to food, responds to criticism of his restaurants, and tells us about a new dish he’s working on that gives a rare window into the mind of a chef. Today's sponsors: Go to (promo code: SPORKFUL).
Andy Richter Bought A Midlife Crisis Fridge
Conan O’Brien's sidekick tells us why he chose a really nice refrigerator over a sports car. And he talks about his lifelong struggles with his weight, saying, "When you feel bad, eating something that tastes good feels like you're fighting the feeling bad." Today's sponsors: Go to (promo code: SPORKFUL).