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A smart, new podcast hitting earphones today has been years in the making, according to Peter Ogburn, the vice president of programming for District Productive (a podcast network and incubator that launched earlier this year).
“I’ve tried several times to do a food-related podcast, but I don’t know that anyone has cracked a formula on doing it a solid—they’re either over-thought or under-thought,” he says. Add Passion and Stir, which launched today with four episodes, hopes to change that.
Share Our Strength Founder and Chairman Billy Shore is the host.
Shore moderates critical conversations between heavy-hitting chefs like José Andrés and big thinkers like United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin about how food relates to human health, the environment, educational achievement, sustainability, and more.
“He [Billy Shore] sits down with a chef and talks to them with an intellectual, a writer, or professor to kick around why food matters,” Ogburn says. “Chefs have one approach to it, doctors and people like that have a whole other approach.”
This isn’t a podcast for people looking to learn where to score their next great meal. “Clearly we’re talking about food, but it’s why food matters,” Ogburn says. “If you’re listening, you probably already care about food, so that’s who it’s aimed at.” Share Our Strength, after all, is an organization focused on eliminating childhood hunger.
While Add Passion and Stir is for a national audience, expect to see a heavy dose of hometown talent including Kwame Onwuachi of the forthcoming restaurant, The Shaw Bijou. Ogburn says they’ll release one podcast per week on iTunes, SoundCloud, and the web.
A second food-related podcast to add to your feed is WTOP’s Capital Culture hosted by WTOP Living Editor Rachel Nania and WTOP Entertainment Editor Jason Fraley. They’re further into production with 14 episodes taped already and they aim to shine a light on the people and places that make D.C. unique outside of the Capitol Hill scene.
“If you think D.C. is all politics and traffic, think again,” Nania says, echoing the words that introduce her podcast. “We have a huge creative community here that’s just exploding.”
Podcasting gives Nania and Fraley a chance to use large portions of unused tape originally recorded for the airwaves. “We had these interviews that are up to 40 minutes on tape and we only get 35 seconds on air,” Nania explains. “I was getting some interesting conversations with chefs and people in the food industry and we thought there’s got to be a way to repurpose this tape.”
Nania says having more air time has inspired her to go after some bigger names in the industry such as Adam Rapoport, the editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit. “But this week we’ll have Nora Poullion and Jason has Robert Duvall.”
Capital Culture will also be released once a week. It’s currently available on iTunes, audioBoom, and the website. Soon they’ll be on PodcastOne.