HRN (Heritage Radio Network) is a nonprofit media outlet that empowers eaters to cultivate a radically better world through transformative exchanges about food. Since its inception in 2009, HRN has been a platform to discuss the real issues affecting the global food supply. We believe food is the most critical issue of our time– it brings people together in celebration of diverse cultures, but it also highlights our planet’s greatest challenges. That’s why HRN is committed to using the power of educational storytelling about food to build a more equitable, resilient food system.
We’ve been serving up thought-provoking conversations ever since Heritage Foods founder Patrick Martins and an intrepid group of visionary thinkers banded together to build a recording studio out of two recycled shipping containers in the backyard of Roberta’s Pizza, a restaurant at the forefront of Brooklyn’s culinary renaissance. We still operate from that same studio today, and also broadcast from live events across the country, and virtually from around the world. We pass the mic and give the farmers, chefs, servers, activists, and entrepreneurs working to improve the food system a megaphone. HRN’s mission is inspired by the Slow Food Movement, their vision of “good, clean, and fair food for all,” and their work to preserve heirloom foods. The word ‘Heritage’ refers to rare-breed animals and edible plants; HRN also uses it to represent our commitment to preserving both biodiversity and diversity of perspective in the food world. By telling inspiring stories via podcasts, workshops, and culinary experiences, HRN is educating generations of food activists and growing a community of changemakers.
HRN airs dozens of weekly podcasts about food, beverages, and agriculture. Since our very first show aired in 2009, HRN has produced 84 podcast series with more in development. We bring listeners dynamic stories from across the food chain, including ones on food policy, cocktail culture, history, technology, and so much more. You can listen on demand here on our website, or find all of our programming for free on your favorite podcast app. Browse HRN's archive of 16,000+ episodes for a treasure trove of culinary history.
HRN’s 6-month internship program gives college students and young professionals invaluable podcast production experience. We teach crucial audio journalism skills—including writing, interviewing, reporting, audio editing and design—during a 15-20 hour work week. At the end of the program, every intern has a strong portfolio, including many audio segments for Meat + Three, HRN’s flagship show. They also enjoy participating in professional networking events and mastering social media, marketing, and strategic planning skills.
Podcasts are just one way we raise awareness about the food on everyone’s plate. We also produce meaningful events, including culinary salons, food and drink tastings, festival programming, cooking demos and media training workshops. These events both entertain and educate guests about the culinary world. Attendees can count on delicious bites and sips but also the opportunity to meet extraordinary people and learn something new.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Nonprofit communities like HRN depend on all kinds of support to thrive. Our podcast hosts generously contribute their time and wide-ranging expertise. Our success is also rooted in the diverse community of restaurateurs, farmers, policy experts, and thoughtful eaters who share their dollars and ideas in support of HRN’s programming both on and off the air. We believe that one person can help change the world one bite (or sound bite) at a time. And we rely on listener support to help us continue the good fight– and keep our content free. Donate or underwrite today and become a member of HRN’s food revolution!
The views and opinions expressed in the shows and podcasts contained herein are those of the hosts and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of Heritage Radio Network. Heritage Radio Network provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or medical history. HRN's internship program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.