This is Episode Five of Modernist BreadCrumbs: “Against the Grain,” on politics.

How does bread play a part in politics you ask? Withholding grain has been part of party lines as well as a catalyst of war. Though the fight still continues to bring bread to those impoverished and underfed around the world, we urge you to chew on this: become as active as a sourdough starter, and be part of the bread revolution. Rise up!

Modernist BreadCrumbs is a special collaborative podcast series with Heritage Radio Network and Modernist Cuisine, that takes a fresh look at one of the oldest staples of the human diet—bread. Although it may seem simple, bread is much more complex than you think.

From the microbes that power fermentation to the economics of growing grain, there’s a story behind every loaf. Each episode will reveal those stories and more, beginning with bread’s surprising and often complicated past, from the perspective of people who are passionate about bread, and shaping its future.

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Music by Thomas Hughes and Gretchen Lohse

additional music:

"A Perceptible Shift" by Andy G. Cohen, released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

"She Moved Through the Fair" by Sláinte is licensed under a Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License

"Modum by Kai Engel is licensed under a Attribution License

"Shab Ayum" by Turku, Nomads of the Silk Road is licensed under a Attribution License

"Greenhorn" by Mystery Mammal is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License

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