E55: LOUISVILLE’S SUPER CHEF (W/ DARNELL FERGUSON)

Roxanne Scott and Darnell Ferguson

Roxanne Scott and Darnell Ferguson

 

Guest interviewer Roxanne Scott chats with chef and television fixture Darnell Ferguson about what it means to be the only Black executive chef in Louisville, Kentucky. In this frank interview, Ferguson reveals his approach to mentorship and the work it takes to ensure his message of positivity gets to the people who need it.

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by AF the Naysayer and Blue Dot Sessions.

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THE KUNDIMAN 2018 SERIES, PT. 1

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This summer, Soleil stopped by the Kundiman writer’s retreat at Fordham University to record snippets of poetry and prose from this year’s writing fellows. Each year, Kundiman brings upcoming Asian American writers together for a week of mentorship, workshops, and master classes. On this bonus episode, you’ll hear the first of the 16 recordings she made, featuring Aurora Masum-Javed, Doreen Wang, Matthew Olzmann, and Janine Joseph.

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by Lobo Loco, Les Cartes Postables Sonores and Rushmo.

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E53: EATING INTUITIVELY (W/ HEATHER ARMSTRONG & KIMBERLEY WILSON)

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In this second episode of a two-part series on mental health, Soleil speaks with Heather Armstrong and Kimberley Wilson on the links between diet and mental health. Armstrong, a blogger and writer also known as “Dooce,” tell us how her last attempt at veganism resulted in the worst depression of her life. Then, psychologist Wilson talks to us about her work busting myths about clean eating and dieting in the UK.

Produced by Juan Ramirez and Stephanie Kuo. Music by AF the Naysayer and Blue Dot Sessions.

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E51: KEEPING IT TOGETHER IN THE KITCHEN (W/ HANNAH HOWARD & CASEY REBECCA NUNES)

This is the first of a two-part series on mental health. Soleil sits down with author Hannah Howard and chef Casey Rebecca Nunes, who both open up about their own mental health struggles in the food industry. In the first part of the episode, Howard describes a scene from her new memoir “Feast: True Love in and Out of the Kitchen,” and talks about grappling with an eating disorder while working at a fine dining restaurant. Nunes then explains how she balances the pressures of being a chef with self-care routines.

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by AF the Naysayer and Blue Dot Sessions.

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E49: FIGHTING OCCUPATION WITH FOOD (W/ REEM ASSIL)

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In this episode, we hear the morning keynote address at the La Cocina food conference delivered by Reem Assil, the founder of Reem’s Bakery and the newly opened restaurant Dyafa. Reem speaks about the targeting of civilians in Gaza and how she uses food as a way to push back against the Israeli occupation and its attempted erasure of Palestinian lives. We also hear from one of Reem’s employees about how the design and decor of Reem’s bakery reflects their mission and philosophy.

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by AF the Naysayer and Blue Dot Sessions.

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E47: BIRD’S NEST (W/ LIANA AGHAJANIAN)

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In part one, Soleil, Zahir, and Juan meet up at La Cocina Conference in San Fransisco and Soleil shares some exciting news.

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In part two, we commemorate Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day by interviewing journalist Liana Aghajanian about what it was like to come to the US as a refugee from Iran, how the Armenian genocide impacted Armenian food, and what exactly a dowel is.

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by Blue Dot Sessions and AF the Naysayer.

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E32: Because I Don’t have Papers (w/ Armando Ibañez) July 27, 2017

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Juan speaks with Armando Ibañez, an undocumented queer filmmaker who produces Undocumented Tales, a web series that is loosely based on Armando’s experience as a waiter in LA. Armando talks about what is like to be undocumented in the US while working as a server in the food industry and how his love for film helped him feel comfortable about his sexuality.

“Sometimes I ask my self, How have I last 16 years in the restaurant industry? and then I answer myself—because I don’t have fucking papers!”, says Armando.

We also dive into the violence street vendors often experience while working, including a recent incident that sparked controversy after a man flipped over Benjamin Ramirez’s cart.

Produced by Juan Ramirez. Music by AF the Naysayer and Blue Dot Sessions.

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Undocumented Tales
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The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign