Under the Table

A podcast for inquisitive eaters

Eating: It’s complicated. Is there really such a thing as a “good egg”? Who owns tips? Everyone seems worried about food waste. Why are we such prudes about handling our own?

You can’t always see the forces shaping how and what you eat. So we’re serving up stories about the money, power, and politics behind what’s on your plate. Under the Table is the podcast for people who want to understand food. Bring your hunger to know more. We’ll save you a seat.


Episode 1: Waste Not

New York Sanitation has embarked on its most ambitious undertaking in decades: bringing curbside compost to the five boroughs. How much food does New York currently waste, and what would be the impact if whole-city composting is achieved according to NYC’s definition of success?

Episode 2: Eggstatic

Eggs: They have been called the healthiest food on the planet. But with their prices rising and reputation sullied by animal welfare and food safety concerns, their ubiquity may be under threat. In this episode, we’ll aim to answer one deceptively simple question: Is there really such a thing as a “good” egg?

Episode 3: Tipped Off

Some say tipping has a racist history. Others say we wouldn’t have to do it if restaurant workers were paid a living wage. Is tipping an only-in-America practice? Where did it come from? And why do we still do it?


Food is just food. Until you read its story.

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