Episode 57: "Extra Virginity: the Sublime & Scandalous World of Olive Oil" with Tom Mueller[ 59:58 ]Play Now | Play in Popup | Download
Hosts Sara and Jessica talk about flooding in Italy, Berlusconi’s resignation and what’s next for the Italian government. Then we speak with special guest Tom Mueller about his upcoming book on the “sublime and scandalous world of olive oil.”
Tom Mueller writes for The New Yorker and other publications. He lives in a medieval stone farmhouse surrounded by olive groves in the Ligurian countryside outside of Genoa, Italy. He’s the author of an upcoming book about extra virgin olive oil called Extra Virginity: The Sublime & Scandalous World of Olive Oil.
Hosts Sara and Jessica discuss the weekend riots in Rome, and George Clooney finally opens up about his evening with Silvio Berlusconi. Then we speak to filmmaker Sarah Marder about her documentary “The Genius of a Place” about the town of Cortona and the concept of sustainable development.
Sarah Marder grew up on a farm in Kansas, and she’s a corporate-manager-turned-filmmaker who has lived in Italy since 1988. Since 2008, she’s been working on the documentary about which we’re going to chat today – “The Genius of a Place,” about sustainable development as seen through the lens of Cortona in Tuscany.
Hosts Sara, Jessica, & Michelle talk about the Italian economy being downgraded, Wikipedia Italia’s blackout, & an award-winning Italian chef working for McDonald’s. Then we speak with special guest Mike Duncan, the host of the History of Rome podcast, about his podcast & his love of Roman history.
Mike Duncan was born and raised outside of Seattle and has a degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Western Washington University. He is married with two pets and began writing the History of Rome podcast on a whim in July of 2007. He has been chained to his computer ever since.