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Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry drops in to talk about his big new project in Nashville, why he judges a restaurant by the quality of its burger, and why nothing (except maybe the food) grabs his attention at a restaurant as much as the music. Jack Crowther of the Australian psychedelic pop band the Babe Rainbow (scroll down for a video) takes a break from his band’s U.S. tour to explain permaculture farming to us. Yes, permaculture. And in Postbites, comedian Samantha Ruddy describes her semi-tragic first experience with soup dumplings.

Today’s news:

  • José Andrés and other chefs are stepping up when people suffer due to catastrophic events.
  • Papa John’s Pizza owner blames the NFL for poor sales.
  • Why do basketball and hockey arenas serve so much fried food?

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Food Republic Today is hosted by our Editorial Director, Richard Martin, with co-host Krista Ruane, Zero Point Zero culinary creative director, and produced by Zero Point Zero Production. It’s a production of Zero Point Zero. Katie Guhl is our producer. Daniel DeGraaf is our composer. The episode features music by Ghostly International artists including Michna, whose “Metal Baile Joint” is the theme song.