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Origins of Baby Food, Refugees and Statelessness

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jun 19, 2015
  • 01:43:47

Inventing Baby Food (1:10) Guest: Amy Bentley, Ph.D., is the author of Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet. She’s an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University.  With help from that famous cherubic face, Gerber has been the leader in baby food for decades. How it got there is the subject of Amy Bentley’s book, Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet. She traces the meteoric rise in popularity of those little bottles of multi-colored goo as an expression of American strength, power, convenience and modernity mid-century.  Statelessness, pt. 1 (51:54) Guest: Rachel Nolan wrote about the displaced and stateless people of Haitian decent born in the Dominican Republican in the May issue of Harper’s Magazine. She’s a doctoral candidate in Latin American and Caribbean History at New York University.  Statelessness, pt. 2 (1:20:30) Guest: Michael Kagan, a professor of immigration law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  Having a country to call home is not a given in this world.  In 2013 some 200,000 people born to Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic  suddenly found themselves stripped of any citizenship, any nation to call home.  They find themselves in limbo – potentially facing deportation to Haiti – a place they’ve never lived with a language they don’t speak. Show More...

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