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Theresa Studio

Follow hosts Theresa Marquez and Anne O'Connor as they expose the realities of our broken food system and explore solutions put forward by our country's brightest changemakers.

There is a need for honest—yet personable—education amid the rampant apathy, ignorance, and worse, denial about the true state of food and farming in our country today. As we face a food system that is increasingly dangerous to human and environmental health, we need to amplify the hard truth with compassionate and honest voices, balancing the doom-and-gloom with real-life solutions that contribute to a sustainable future.


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Rootstock Radio: Author Kristin Ohlson & How the Soil Will Save Us

Kristin Ohlson is an independent journalist and author of the book The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet. A prolific writer, her articles have been published all over the place. Currently, Kristin is working on a book about two of our favorite things here at …

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Rootstock Radio: Farm Labor Rights and “Ecofeminism” with Rosalinda Guillen

Rosalinda Guillen is a widely recognized rural justice leader and a champion of farmworker rights. Born in Texas, Rosalinda spent her first decade in Coahuila, Mexico before emigrating with her family to LaConner, Washington in 1960. At the age of ten she went to work as a farmworker in the fields in Skagit County. Today, …

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Rootstock Radio: Hippies, Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs & Revolutionaries

Jonathan Kauffman is a San Francisco-based writer who’s made food the subject of his career. For eleven years he reviewed restaurants in the Bay Area and Seattle as the staff critic for the East Bay Express and the Seattle Weekly. In 2015, he joined the food section at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he broadly …

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Rootstock Radio: Connection, Resistance and Reform Through Food

 Julia Turshen is the bestselling author of Feed the Resistance, named the Best Cookbook of 2017 by Eater, and Small Victories, named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2016 by the New York Times and NPR. She is currently working on her newest cookbook, Now & Again, which will be released September 2018 (mark …

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Rootstock Radio: How One Organic Farmer Fought For Her Rights—And Won

Atina Diffley is an organic farmer, a public speaker and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award Winner Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works. Her advocacy has addressed the pressures of suburban development, and she successfully led a legal and citizen campaign against the notorious polluters, Koch Industries, to create an Organic Mitigation Plan …

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Rootstock Radio: Pesticides and Birth Defects—What You Should Know

Dr. Paul Winchester is the Medical Director of the NICU at Franciscan St. Francis Health and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also conducts research on the epidemiology of birth defects, including the effects of prenatal exposure to pesticides. On this episode, Dr. Winchester talks about how his …

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Rootstock Radio: Inside the Chocolate Industry with Simran Sethi

 Simran Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change. She is the author of the book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, and creator of the podcast The Slow Melt, which explores the world through the rich, delicious—and often illuminating—lens of chocolate. In this episode, Simran discusses …

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Rootstock Radio: Inside the Coffee Industry with Kickapoo Coffee

 TJ Semanchin and Caleb Nicholes are the co-founders of Kickapoo Coffee, a gourmet coffee roaster based in Viroqua, Wisconsin. The skills and passions of these men reflect directly in their craft: TJ is a veteran of the coffee world who spent time working, traveling and focusing on sustainable development in Latin America. Caleb is …

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Rootstock Radio: Inside the Tea Industry with Ahmed Rahim

Ahmed Rahim is the co-founder, CEO and “Chief Alchemist” behind Numi Organic Tea, the largest premium, organic, fair-trade-certified tea company in North America. He and his sister, Reem, were inspired to create Numi Tea by the desire to share a tea made from dried desert lime that they enjoyed as children—the drink of hospitality in …

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Rootstock Radio: Who Owns Our Seeds?

Download Dr. Bill Tracy is the Clif Bar Family Foundation / Organic Valley endowed chair of organic plant breeding and chair of the department of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His expertise—his art, truly—is sweet corn. While Dr. Tracy’s first foray into plants and seeds was unsuccessful (as a boy he planted …

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