The Food and Environment Reporting Network Partners with Producer Lisa Morehouse to Distribute and Promote California Foodways as a Podcast
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) has partnered with California Foodways, the critically acclaimed public radio series by award-winning reporter and producer Lisa Morehouse, as she expands it into a podcast. In California Foodways, Morehouse travels county by county in California, reporting stories that explore the intersection of food, culture, history, labor, economy, and environment. The podcast, which launches on June 26th, will include a mix of new stories as well as previously aired favorites, all chronicling Morehouse’s extensive travels around the state.
“California’s story cannot be told without telling the story of its food,” explains Lisa Morehouse, California Foodways creator and producer. “And while the state is known for its incredible food production, culinary trends, and massive $100 billion food industry, the more compelling story involves how California’s people, work, and land connect to food.”
“Lisa’s captivating California Foodways project deserves the biggest audience it can garner,” said FERN Editor-in-Chief Sam Fromartz. “While we’ve worked with Lisa on selected segments, partnering on the podcast will expand the listenership even further. These stories have national resonance.”
Listeners can subscribe to the California Foodways podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and Google Play. The stories can be heard on the FERN website and californiafoodways.com. Upcoming podcast episodes will include stories on The Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino (which inspired a community, a fast food empire, and national desegregation law), the relationship between rice farmers and wildlife conservationists, and the unnatural origin story of trout in the eastern Sierra Nevada.
Since 2014, California Foodways stories have been featured on KQED’s The California Report which airs on over 30 public radio stations throughout the state. Segments have also run on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Latino USA, and other national shows including The World and The Splendid Table. In 2016, Morehouse won a national Edward R. Murrow award for “Grapes of Wrath: The Forgotten Filipino-Americans Who Led the ’65 Delano Grape Strike,” produced in partnership with FERN and KQED.
About the Food & Environment Reporting Network
The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) is the first and only independent, nonprofit, news organization that produces award-winning, high-impact investigative and explanatory reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health through partnerships with regional and national media outlets. Through impartial “watchdog” journalism, FERN seeks to shine a light on injustices and abuses of power within the food system — both corporate and governmental — while taking full measure of the true impact food and agriculture have on public health and the environment. FERN’s vision has resulted in partnerships with more than 45 media outlets including Mother Jones, Harper’s Magazine, and The Atlantic and scores of stories that have reached millions of people. FERN has been honored by the James Beard Foundation, Association of Health Care Journalists, The Society of Professional Journalists, National Headliner Awards, New York Press Club Journalism Awards, and the New York Society of CPA’s Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards.
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