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Angie’s Bakery

Ken Garcia Olaes (Angie’s Bakery)

While many Americans keep the Christmas decorations stowed away until after Thanksgiving, the Philippines takes Christmas to another level. From September to December, the Southeast Asian island-country celebrates the longest Christmas season in the world. Ken Garcia Olaes and his parents bake some Bibingka, a filipino-style cake, and share fond memories of Christmas time in the Philippines.

7 mins

Food is Family

Erica Cavanagh (James Madison University)

Erica Cavanagh spent two years as a member of the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. She says sharing food with her host family helped to shed her long-held values of independence and self-reliance.

13 mins

Pumpkin Spice

Catherine Franssen (Science Museum of Virginia)

Over the last few decades, pumpkin spice has become synonymous with the Fall season. If you’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks have you ever truly experienced the glory of Fall? Catherine Franssen breaks down our obsession with pumpkin spice and explains how our brain is hardwired to love Fall.

7 mins

World’s Spiciest Beer

Ray Parrish (Maltese Brewing Company) and Sarah Smith and Val Ebenki (University of Mary washington)

Ever tried to drink a bottle of hot sauce? That’s what Ray Parrish says his new Signal One beer tastes like. He’s teamed up with Sarah Smith and her student, Val Ebenki, to attempt to create the world’s spiciest beer.

24 mins

Special thanks this week to Pat Jarrett of Virginia Folklife. For more information about Virginia Folklife and its apprenticeship program, visit

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