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September 13, 2021

West Texas: The Origins of the Discada

By: Mando Rayo

Using the Disco, (a cooking apparatus whose origins are often attributed to the camaraderie between Mexican and Chinese rail workers in the early 20th century), we’ll trace how traditions and cultures intersect, and what effects that cultural fusion has on subsequent generations for years. We’ll explore the connections and history of the Chinese and Mexican roots of their own versions of the disco. Guests include Dr. Guillermina Gina Nunez-Mchiri, UT El Paso (El Paso), and Francisco “Paco” Wong (El Paso).


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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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