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How 'bout them apples?

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This hour, a look at the cultural significance of the apple, from Adam and Eve to keeping the doctor away. Plus: growing apples, the future of apples, and we compare apples and oranges.


  • Martha Bayless: Director of Folklore and Public Culture and a Professor of English and Folklore at the University of Oregon. She is also the founder of the Early English Bread Project, which studies the role of bread in early medieval English culture
  • David Bedford: Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. His team is responsible for creating the Honeycrisp, SweeTango, Zestar, and Rave apple varieties, among others
  • Dan Pashman: Creator and Host of The Sporkful podcast

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern, in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC, and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next.