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What’s With All The Broken Dishes?

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Apr 27, 2020
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We asked for your stories about broken dishes, and you delivered. This week, we wonder why everyone seems to be breaking so much stuff. Dan's math says it's not just that we're home more, so it might be because we're using our homes in different ways. Right now, your kitchen might also be your office or a classroom for your kids. We also hear the personal stories behind some of your most treasured items. Cartoonist Liana Finck, whose work you might have seen in The New Yorker or on Instagram, tells us about the special significance of two items that were recently broken in her home. She even drew the cartoon that's featured above!

Plus, listener Karen Jones shares a story about a teacup that she broke and then repaired with a Japanese technique called kintsugi:

Then, Mandy Lee of the "angry food blog" Lady and Pups joins us to discuss her mad scientist approach in the kitchen (Mexican bibimbap? Marshmallow scallion popovers?) and her new cookbook, The Art of Escapism Cooking. Are some foods better for distracting yourself during tough times? Mandy has the answers, because she spent years rarely leaving her home in Beijing, using cooking as a way to channel her anger and frustration. It helped her get through a difficult period in her life, but she also realized that her obsession with cooking became unhealthy.

This episode contains explicit language.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

- "Mars Casino" by Jake Luck and Collin Weiland

-"Sun So Sunny" by Calvin Dashielle

-"Mouse Song Light" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt

-"Dilly Dally" by Black Label Productions

- "Rooftop Instrumental" by Erick Anderson

-"Shake and Bake" by Hayley Briasco

Illustration courtesy of Liana Finck. Photos courtesy of Karen Jones and Mandy Lee.

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