• Sep 11, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 48:32 mins

Guest: Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, Food Writer and Former Public Policy Researcher, Author of “Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat”  After two years of research, Anastacia Marx de Salcedo has determined that our kitchens have been invaded by the military. What’s more, were you to remove every product in a grocery store that was influenced by military research, the shelves would be half-empty. Some entire aisles would be bare. We’re not just talking SPAM. Even the boneless chicken breasts at the meat counter and the pre-washed bags of lettuce over in produce bear the finger print of the US Department of Defense.  Why We Memorialize Guests: Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Greg Dickinson, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University and co-editor of the book "Places of Public Memory: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials." Aaron Skabelund, professor of history here at BYU with an emphasis on collective memory and modern Japan. Scott Paeth, professor of Religious Studies, Peace, Justice and Conflict at DePaul University We hear from the man credited with getting one of the most iconic memorials in America built: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. That nearly-five-hundred-foot wall of black granite on the National Mall with more than 58,000 names of veterans engraved on it. Why do we feel the urge to memorialize moments of tragedy or events in history? What moves us to erect monuments to the fallen? Or to national heroes? Or to place flowers and teddy bears on the side of the road where an accident took place? We talk about the power of memorials and collective memory. This interview originally aired May 22, 2015.