Public Places Can Reduce Isolation, Lidia Bastianich Shares Comfort Foods, New Wisconsin Life Project

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Libraries, parks and other places for people to gather can ease inequality and make us not just happier, but healthier. Public TV host Lidia Bastianich shares how she approaches culinary challenges, and what she craves when the temperatures drop. And a new project from Wisconsin Life collects food traditions from around our state.

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  • What Challenges Lidia Bastianich In The Kitchen?

    After a lifetime of cooking around the world, does anything still challenge Lidia Bastianich in the kitchen? We find out as the public television favorite joins us in our studio. She talks with us about overcoming intimidation and shortcuts to make those tough dishes easier.

  • Wisconsin Life Celebrates Food Traditions

    Wisconsin Life is collecting stories about food traditions in the Badger State that range from lutefisk to fry bread.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Eric Klinenberg Guest
  • Lidia Bastianich Guest
  • Maureen McCollum Guest
  • Kelly Saran Guest

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