Local officials in D.C. recently convened a convention to draft a constitution that would put the city on the path to statehood. Under the plan, the District would adopt a new name: "New Columbia." But some of those who've been on the front lines of the fight for statehood aren't thrilled about how the process has worked so far - and where it might be going.
Food writer and historian Michael Twitty has deep roots in the Washington region – he grew up in the D.C. area and learned his scholarly craft by interning at the Smithsonian and studying at Howard University. In addition to his research on African American culinary history, Twitty is in dogged pursuit of his family’s personal history from Africa and Europe to America and from slavery to freedom–and he traces his genealogy through food. Twitty joins Kojo to discuss the importance of food history, genetics and his growing extended family and his forthcoming book, “The Cooking Gene.”
- Michael Twitty Culinary Historian, Writer (Washington, D.C.)
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