Artist Conrad Benner Tackles Public Art, Economic Worries, and Endangered Foods in New Interview

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but with the uncertain economic outlook, consumers are making big decisions about their spending habits. Are they planning to splurge or save? To provide insight into holiday spending and consumer confidence, we have invited Wharton marketing professor Cait Lamberton to share her thoughts.

Meanwhile, there’s another issue that’s at risk of extinction – our country’s historic foods and foodways. Culinary historian Sarah Lohman has traveled across the United States to uncover rare foods that are at risk of disappearing, such as New Jersey cider apples, sweet Carolina African runner peanut, Buckeye chicken, Coachella Valley Dates, and Hawaiian heritage sugar cane. She met with farmers, ranchers, scientists, and activists who are working to preserve these foods. Lohman joins us to discuss her new book “Endangered Eating” and the importance of bringing heirloom foods back to our tables.

Finally, WHYY is set to debut a new podcast focused on Philadelphia’s public art scene called Art Outside. Hosted by Street Dept blogger Conrad Benner, the series will showcase five street artists and explore their impact and motivation for creating outdoor art. The first episode will feature an artist known as “the Philadelphia Bansky,” who is taking on the Philadelphia Parking Authority with his art. Benner will discuss the series and the artist featured in the inaugural episode.

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