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October 11, 2021

Taco Misinformation

By: Mando Rayo

Since the turn of the century, the taco has become a staple of American cuisine, one on par with sushi and pizza. And yet misinformation about the dish (and Mexican food in general) still runs rampant in the United States. For example, did you know that the misconception that taco trucks are somehow dirtier or less sanitary than other operations can be traced back to bigotry against the first Latina entrepreneurs who sold street food in San Antonio in the 1800s? In this episode, we take a deep dive into the long and messy history of Mexican Food misinformation and how that misinformation continues still today. Guests include Dr. Mary Beltrán, of the University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark of, the University of Texas at San Antonio.


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December 6, 2021

Austin’s Taco Mile

Beneath the city's trendy surface, Austin's undersung "Taco Mile" (located up north on Rundberg Ln.) is serving up some of the most authentic tacos in the area. In this episode, we'll examine how this hidden gem of a taco scene reflects Austin's segregationist history, changing demographics, and the plight of immigrants in Texas' capital city. Guests include Laura Toledo, owner, and operator of Taqueria Ceibas, Greg Casar, Austin City Council Member, Representative for Austin's District Four, and Jose Carrasco, Director of the Family Resource Center at Austin's Dobie Middle School.

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November 22, 2021

The Book of Tacos

Located in the heart of San Antonio, UTSA's academic library boasts one of the oldest, most comprehensive collections of historic Mexican cookbooks in the world (many of which are over a century old). In this episode, we'll explore what these archaic texts teach us about Mexico's rich culinary history and how its dishes are prepared today. We'll talk with Rico Torres, a James Beard-nominated chef who's built a career off of recreating these age-old recipes at his uber-popular restaurant, Mixtli and Steph Noell, the University of Texas at San Antonio's Special Collection's Librarian.

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November 8, 2021

Taco Font

Some taco trucks are colorful, some hand-written and painted, and others are inspired by the food they make. In this episode, we'll capture the most creative taco trucks, the inspiration, and stories behind the art, and eat along the way. Guests include muralist, Ernesto "Cheche" Hernandez (El Paso) and Reyna and Mariza Vasquez, Veracruz All Natural (Austin).

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