Welcome to the Point of Origin Podcast!

Point of Origin, the podcast and the notion is about deepening our understanding by going to the source. Each week we travel to a new place in the world to explore where the things we eat and drink come from.

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Episode 1 : A Tale of Two Yoghurts

The tale of two yogurts and the fight to protect Goa’s fishing villages and waters, it’s all about preservation. It keeps us alive and teaches how to live.

Our inaugural episode features guests Amrita Gupta of the Food Radio Project, Sana Javeri Kadri of Diaspora Co and food writer and cookbook author Priya Krishna.

Episode 2 : Icelandic Foodways

We continue on our theme of preservation, and bring you on a trip to Iceland where we meet a chef turned geothermal salt maker, and a farmer there who’s making an extremely regionally specific dairy product. Our second episode Icelandic foodways of yesterday and today.

Thanks to our friends in Iceland, Gisli Grimmson, Bjorn Jonsson of Saltverk, and to Thorgumir Gubratsson of Erpstadir Skyr. Special thanks to Abbie Richert of Finca Coffee for bringing us a salty dispatch!


Episode 3 : From a Flower

All fruit come from flowers, but not all flowers become fruit. Once you start to see the two as the same, the world of both grow more interesting. Dates, honey and saffron, we’re gettin sweet and spicy with stories from Egypt to Iran.

In episode 3, we meet Leila Elamine of The Recipe Hunters, Gordon Hull of Heidrun Meadery, and spice expert Ethan Frisch of Burlap and Barrel.

Episode 4: Rice and Resilience

 From the oryza glabberima of West Africa to the oryza sativia Eastern Asia, humans across worlds and lifetimes are bound the story of rice.

In Episode 4, we listen to Jasmine Lee’s discussion with Robin Koda of Koda Farms, and we meet BJ Dennis, a chef from South Carolina.

Episode 5: Rice and Risilience Part 2,
The Story of Manoomin

This episode tells the story of sacred wild rice that grows on the water. Hundreds of years ago, the people called the Anishinabek, were visited by several prophets, two of which told them that people with white faces were going to be coming across the ocean and they needed to leave their homeland and travel westward to the place where the food grows upon the water, or risk being destroyed. Listen to their story and how they made their way down the Saint Lawrence River and then into the Great Lakes region where they found wild rice.

Our guests are Barb Barton, Author of Manoomin, the Story of Wild Rice in Michigan, Wasson Dillard a teacher, natural fiber weaver and basketmaker, and Shiloh Maples program director for the American Indian Health and Family Services in Detroit.