Teacher, scholar, cook, author, historian, traveler, curator, lecturer, Dr. Jessica B. Harris is an expert on everything from the foods of the African diaspora to the history of enslavement. On this episode, Harris explains the importance of the "table" for “commensality” and shares stories from a life of extraordinary meals, encounters, voyages, and friendships. Listen in as she schools host Dana Cowin on the dishes that serve as the thrumming heartbeat of American cuisine, and on the people who made them possible.

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