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Putting the tea in communi-tea

Seasoned is exploring tea this episode, but we're going beyond a Tea 101 because we're interested in experiences that make tea a balm for the body and mind. How do communities come together around tea? In what ways are tea and wellness linked? And, how might tea be a social good?

We talk with Frank Kwei, tea master from the cultural and humanitarian center Grace Farms in New Canaan about tasting teas and the mission behind Grace Farms Food. Plus, Chef Plum goes way out of his comfort zone and sits down with herbalist Heather Wright Fitzgerald for a tea and tarot card reading. (He's nervous, but CT Public's resident tea maker and enthusiast Meg Fitzgerald, no relation to Heather, is there for support.)

And, we check in with students in Central Connecticut State University’s Tea Club.


Seasoned is produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Meg Dalton, Katrice Claudio, Stephanie Stender, Meg Fitzgerald, Tagan Engel and Sabrina Herrera. Melody Rivera is our intern and she helped produce the CCSU Tea Club segment.

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Robyn is the host and senior producer of Seasoned.
Host of Seasoned and Restaurant Road Trip.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Meg Dalton is the deputy director of storytelling for Connecticut Public where she provides editorial support for the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Meg Fitzgerald is the senior project manager for Radio and Storytelling Originals. She works with Connecticut Public's senior director and talk show producers to ensure our audio stories are represented digitally. She helps strategize digital audience growth with other departments for our radio programs and podcasts. Meg also helps to manage and co-produce special projects like StoryCorps CT, NautiWeek, Where Art Thou?, and other programs produced by our storytelling unit.
Katrice Claudio is a producer of Seasoned.
Stephanie Stender is a producer of Seasoned.
Tagan Engel is a producer/contributor and guest co-host of Seasoned. She is the founder of The Table Underground radio show, podcast, and website, and is a social justice organizer and trained chef.
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