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New Generation Thinkers: A social history of soup: Tom Scott-Smith uses four recipes to track social reforms and changes in what we value.

New Generation Thinkers: A social history of soup: Tom Scott-Smith uses four recipes to track social reforms and changes in what we value.

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New Generation Thinkers: A social history of soup: Tom Scott-Smith uses four recipes to track social reforms and changes in what we value.

FromArts & Ideas

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Length:
13 minutes
Released:
Apr 21, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

The potato famine saw a Dublin barracks turned into place where starving people were given six minutes to eat their soup in silence. Tom Scott-Smith researches humanitarian relief and his Essay takes us from the father of the modern soup kitchen in 1790 Bavaria and the meaning of "to rumfordize" to Boston, America a hundred years later and a recipe developed by an MIT Professor, Ellen Swallow Richards, which dunked meat in condensed milk and flour. What lessons about society's values can we take from their different recipes for soup?

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

Tom Scott-Smith is Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. He has published a book called On an Empty Stomach: Two Hundred Years of Hunger Relief, and taken part in a film project Shelter without Shelter which was the winner of one of the 2020 AHRC Research in Film Awards. This research was featured in an exhibition staged by the Imperial War Museum which you can hear about in the Free Thinking episode called Refugees.. New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to chose ten academics each year who use their research to make radio programmes.
Released:
Apr 21, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode