what I listened to, mid-October edition

This week’s recommendations for your listening pleasure:

–are you curious how monstrosities such as the Double Down come to be? (If you don’t know, God bless you, keep it up. The Double Down is a chicken ‘sandwich,’ but it uses fried chicken as a bun instead of bread. Yes, really.) Listen to the first story on This American Life here.

–Want to know how cultures interact? Listen to Backstory’s episode on Chinese-American relations, and hear how fusion Mexican-Chinese food came to be, what it means to be a model minority, and the role pingpong played in bringing Nixon to China.

–Radio West ran an episode with journalist Michael Isikoff, about the American government’s war on gays and “sexual deviants.” Worth knowing about. You can listen here.

–I’m spending time in California this week, so this was good timing: Planet Money’s episode on Silicon Valley called “Bubblelicious” in true economy nerd fashion.

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