As summer hits its stride, the nation’s farmer’s markets are filling up with fresh-from-the-farm produce. Peaches, blueberries, beets, lettuce, and okra are all in season. New York Times food writer Melissa Clark and Taja Sevelle from Urban Farming, a national nonprofit group dedicated to growing food in abandoned spaces, join The Takeaway for a look at the season's most delicious food. Garlic scape pesto anyone?
Chamomile Simple Syrup
Makes about one cup• 1 cup water
Put water and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil. Add chamomile flowers. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Let cool. Strain.
Serving suggestions: Brush syrup on pound cake. Add to iced tea. Macerate any type of berry in a few tablespoons of syrup.
Garlic Scape Pesto
Makes about 1 cup• 10 garlic scapes, finely chopped
Put the scapes, 1/3 cup of the cheese, almonds and half the olive oil in a food processor (or use a blender or a mortar and pestle). Blend all the ingredients. Add the remaining oil and, if you want, more cheese. If you like the texture, start eating. To thin, add more oil, a tablespoon at a time. Season with salt.
You can store the pesto in the refrigerator for up to a week or saved in the freezer for up to two months.
Serving suggestions: Add to pasta. Dress a tomato salad. Brush on toast for bruschetta.
After 16 years, Vibe magazine made a big announcement: it's closing. The magazine founded by Quincy Jones covered the world of hip hop. But as the economy slumped, so did ad sales. Essence Magazine Senior Editor Patrik Henry Bass sees the closing of Vibe as another sign of the death of hip hop. Patrik is author of Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963
Nas said it three years ago: Hip Hop is Dead
In his new book Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back, author Douglas Rushkoff says that to get out of the current economic crisis, Americans must rethink their relationship with companies like Wal-Mart. He favors local economies, local currencies, and even the old-fashioned concept of getting to know your neighbors. He joins The Takeaway with more.
For a sneak peek at the book, here's a brief film of Life, Inc.
"The amount of corruption scandals that the IOC has been involved in over the years would make an Illinois politician wince."
— Sports writer Dave Zirin on choosing a new Olympic sport
Residents of two Miami neighborhoods have been terrorized by a string of gruesome cat killings over the past month. On Sunday, police arrested a local teenager and charged him with the crimes. The Takeaway talks to Miami Herald Reporter Jose Pagliery about an the cat serial killings that have disturbed the whole city.
***UPDATE*** Miami-Dade police have made an arrest in this case. Tyler Hayes Weinman, an 18-year old who divided his time between the two neighborhoods where the killings took place, was taken into police custody and charged with 19 counts of felony animal cruelty, 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body and four counts of burglary. Each of the felony counts carries a minimum mandatory fine of $5,000, six months in prison and psychological counseling.
For more on this story, watch the video below.
Just back from a trip to China is Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow, who joins The Takeaway to discuss how talks are going. Click through for the full transcript of the interview.
With the auto industry in crisis, Detroit residents are looking to their NHL team, the Red Wings, to bring a smile to their city. Tonight the Red Wings battle the Pittsburgh Penguins for hockey's Stanley Cup. The Takeaway talks to Red Wings fans Michele Rastelli and Jason Dritsan about the city's hopes for a win.
Highlights from Game 6:
""We don't want to give the illusion that all madrassas are innocent, but we also want to say very clearly that they're a very small number. And of that small number, a smaller number yet are actually involved in the production of terrorism."
— Christine Fair of the RAND Corporation on Pakistani madrassas.
Lard was once the most common fat for baking, but came to be seen as dirty and unhealthful. Now, food scientists have shown that home-rendered lard isn't as bad for your health as, say, margarine. And it tastes wonderful! Our guest, discussing the benefits of lard, is food writer Regina Schrambling. Also on the show is chef Zarela Martinez, a self-proclaimed lard crusader. She has been preaching the gospel of lard for over fifteen years and is glad that people are finally listening.
For pie crust and chocolate cupcake recipes, click here. Those recipes come from Southern cooks (and lard fans) Matt and Ted Lee.
Watch Zarela Martinez demonstrate how easy it is to render lard at home:
Twenty years ago today the Chinese army rolled their tanks into Tiananmen Square in Beijing and quashed the massive protests that were taking place there. Seven weeks of uprisings, demonstrations, and hunger strikes were wiped out under the treads of Chinese tanks. Casualties numbered in the hundreds or the thousands — there has never been an official accounting — but the toll on the democracy movement was near fatal. To help recreate the scene for us we are joined by the BBC's Kate Adie, who reported from the ground in Tiananmen Square. We are also joined by photographer Jeff Widener, who captured the quintessential image of the struggle — a lone man standing against a line of tanks.
See also the New York Times Photo Essay Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen.
Also: watch a BBC interview with Kate Adie about her experiences that day and her hopes for the future of democracy in China.
Glamorized in the movies, the 1920s were a gala time of flappers, jazz, and the eighteenth amendment. The so-called Noble Experiment of Prohibition created a culture of subterranean speakeasies where people could illicitly imbibe. But according to New York Times writer William Grimes, the atmosphere may have been lively, but the drinks were lousy. That hasn't stopped a new interest in underground cocktail lounges from popping up across the country. From Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco to Milk & Honey in New York, there's a speakeasy renaissance going on. And this time, the drinks are good. William Grimes joins The Takeaway with a look at the past, present, and future of speakeasies.
Read William Grimes' article in today's New York Times on the new speakeasy: Bar? What Bar?
And to learn what goes into these Prohibition drinks check out the Grimes' list of Prohibition-era cocktails.
Just two weeks after President Obama called for "fair-minded words" to be used in the debate over abortion rights, Dr. George Tiller was gunned down at his church. The accused killer is Scott Roeder, a 51-year-old Kansas resident with a long history of anti-government and anti-abortion actions who was involved with the leaders of the anti-choice movement. It's been ten years since a doctor was killed for performing the procedure, and Dr. Tiller's death is sending shock waves through the tight-knit community. How will doctors act now — and what affect will the killing have on women seeking abortions? To hear reactions from the frontlines, The Takeaway talks to "Jeffrey," a clinic manager in Kansas City, Kansas and to Dr. Bill Harrison, an OB/Gyn in Fayatteville, Arkansas.
The poem Dr. Bill Harrison reads is called "Where are you?," and is by Dr. B. J. Issacson. Read it here:
Where are you?
For over 16 years we have provided
you with choices
I sometimes cried with you.
Choices, nevertheless, when you were desperate.
Remember how we protected you privacy
and treated you with dignity and respect
had been brought to us in shackles
with an armed guard, or
that you would run into
one of your students?
I remember each of you.