Posts Tagged ‘food’

The Rise and Fall of the TV Dinner

March 18, 2020

Broadcast television changed the way mid-century America was informed and entertained, and even how it ate. Frozen TV dinners became popular, and even had their own furniture. The origin of the TV dinner, though, wasn’t media-oriented, it was a business miscalulation.
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Hot Pockets Heiress Guilty in College Admissions Cheating Scandal

February 27, 2020

Hot Pockets Heiress Guilty in College Admissions Cheating Scandal

Michelle Janavs, heiress to the Hot Pockets microwave snack fortune, has been sentenced to 2 minutes on High in a 1880 watt oven five months in federal prison after pleading guilty to helping her daughters cheat the college application process. Ms. Janavs admitted to paying $100,000 to have to have someone cheat on her daughters’ ACT exams. She also agreed to pay a USC athletic official $200,000 to have one daughter recruited to the college as a beach volleyball athlete when her only qualification was owning a swimsuit. On the bright side, some low-security federal prisons have volleyball courts, so maybe Ms. Janavs will be able to coach her daughter after she’s done her time.

Michelle Janavs must also pay a $250,000 fine, was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service, and faces two years of supervised release after she’s freed from prison.

More:

“Hot Pocket Heir Michelle Janavs Was Sentenced To 5 Months In Prison In The College Admissions Scandal,” Ellie Hall, BuzzFeed News

“A Trojan horse: USC was the most frequent target in alleged admissions scheme,”
Moriah Balingit, Susan Svrluga, and Nick Anderson, Washington Post

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A brie(f) history of cheese

December 19, 2019

“A brie(f) history of cheese,” a TED-Ed video by Paul S. Kindstedt, directed and animated by Charlotte Cambon.

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‘Butter Of The Sea’

December 16, 2019

A brief explainer on uni, “sea urchin” in Japanese and the “butter of the sea.” A Gothamist video by Jessica Leibowitz.

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The Golden Temple Feeds 100,000 People Each Day

December 6, 2019

The Harmandir Sahib, chief place of worship for the Sikh faith, is a major place of pilgrimage. The temple’s huge kitchen feeds visitors, serving 100,000 free meals a day.

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Future crops

November 12, 2019

By 2050 there’ll be nearly 10 billion people on our planet. Agricultural demand is predicted to rise by 70 per cent. An Oxford Sparks video.

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Cabbage and the Russian Economy

October 30, 2019

Finalcial Times Moscow bureau chief Henry Foy explains the Russians’ cabbage obsession and how the staple’s price affects Russians.

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Eating healthy is expensive in America

October 21, 2019

Julia Belluz of Vox explains why eating healthy is so expensive in America.

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Sustainable Seafood

October 11, 2019

It’s not easy being pescatarian. You get some advice that’s downright, um, fishy. Eve Andrews searches  for sustainable seafood. A Grist video.

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Meat. Is it bad for you?

September 20, 2019

Eating meat has been associated with health risks like heart disease, cancer and an early death. What’s up with that? A video by Kurzgesagt (“In a Nutshell”).

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