Heritage Radio Network is the world's pioneer food radio station, broadcasting live from two recycled shipping containers inside Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We are a a member-supported, non-profit organization of food thought leaders and industry experts. We cover food policy and agriculture, the restaurant scene, and everything to do with food and drink.

On July 6, 2016, the school nutrition community suffered the tragic loss of one of its own when Philando Castile was shot by police during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Philando — a.k.a. “Mr. Phil” and “Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks” — was the beloved 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor for the J.J. Hill Montessori School in Saint Paul. In this special episode, produced in collaboration with Saint Paul Public Schools, we hear about Philando from his colleagues and his mother, Valerie Castile. They join us in mourning, and in celebration of a life well lived and a job well done.

On a special “in the field” episode of Food Without Borders, Sari and HRN engineer David Tatasciore go on a food walk of Queens with Culinary Backstreets, a tour company that highlights family-run restaurants often overlooked in big cities. Throughout the tour, Sari and David speak to immigrant vendors who started their lives over in Queens and have made it one of America’s most vibrant and diverse culinary destinations.

Ever wonder how your two pound burrito could possibly fit all of those ingredients without exploding? Well, that’s all thanks to masa, the corn flour used to make tortillas, sopas, and pupusas. While solid masa dough is traditionally sold in Mexican grocery stores in the refrigerator aisle, Bob’s Red Mill makes things easier by offering a nonperishable powdered version of the same stuff. In Spanish, masa harina literally translates to “dough flour,” and when mixed with water, transforms into a malleable dough that can be used in a variety of dishes.

We Are Many is a podcast series produced by Waging Nonviolence, an online news magazine featuring original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the globe.

Content published by Waging Nonviolence falls under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license, which permits reuse and adaptation with attribution to WNV and the author.

Music by John Vanderslice (used with permission)

"Righting History's Wrongs...Through Boxing?"

recorded by Bryan Farrell, edited by Bryan Farrell and David Tatasciore

Edward Majian and Hasmig Tatiossian were at a perfect time in life: They had just finished college, gotten married and planned to embark on long careers as activists and scholars, working on human rights and peacebuilding around the world. Now, some five years later, they are running a boxing belt company in Union City, N.J.


So, how did two people intent on promoting nonviolence end up working for a sport many consider to be quite the antithesis — and feeling as though they’d found their calling? Find out in this episode of We Are Many, as we explore the importance of family history, what it means to be an activist, and the sport of misfits and underdogs. We’ll also hear from Afghan-born boxer Hamid Rahimi, who after fleeing to Germany during the time of Taliban rule, returned in 2012 for the country’s first professional match, which he dubbed, “Fight 4 Peace.”

"Home Free"

recorded by Bryan Farrell, edited by Bryan Farrell and David Tatasciore

In the Spring of 1988, Tim Aye-Hardy was just a normal college student, having a good time hanging out with his friends — until one day, a fellow student was shot and killed by the police. This was the spark that set off a nationwide pro-democracy movement in Burma, known as the 8888 Uprising.


Almost immediately, Aye-Hardy found himself in the middle of it, leading rallies and marches. But then the military dictatorship began to crack down on the student protesters and — virtually overnight — Aye-Hardy became a marked man, forced to live underground and eventually flee the country.


For the last 25 years, he has been living in the United States — separated from the life and people he left back in Burma. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when the country began opening up and transitioning toward a quasi-civilian government, that Aye-Hardy was able to return for a visit. But that visit reignited his drive to make Burma a more just and free society. Now, he is in the process of implementing a daring new project that will confront the country’s rampant child labor issues.


During this hour of We Are Many, you will not only hear the miraculous story of how Tim Aye-Hardy evaded and escaped a brutally repressive regime, but also the beginnings of his next adventure — one that, this time, will bring him closer to home.

"Indefinite Detention, Indefinite Protest"

recorded by Bryan Farrell, edited by Bryan Farrell and David Tatasciore

"While most Americans have learned to forget, or simply give up on the Guantánamo chapter ever ending, a small band of activists have kept the issue alive. Known for donning orange jumpsuits and black hoods, and parading around the nation’s capital, these activists are the only form of domestic resistance continually raising this issue. But why do they do it? Why, when there are so many other injustices to confront — injustices that involve more than 166 people on some distant strip of land in Cuba?"

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