WBEZ | banana republic http://www.wbez.org/tags/banana-republic Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bananas are cheap and everywhere but maybe not for long http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-15/bananas-are-cheap-and-everywhere-maybe-not-long-90604 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-15/bananas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We revisit our occasional series <a href="http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays" target="_blank"><em>Food Mondays</em></a> by taking a closer look at bananas. In America, we eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. Beginning in the late 19th century, American fruit companies bullied workers and manipulated governments in Central America to ensure low prices for the tropical fruit, thus giving rise to the term “banana republic.”</p><p>A century later, the fruit is still cheap and ubiquitous in the U.S. But that may soon change. A deadly fungus has severely reduced banana crops in Asia and Australia. Scientists expect that it’s only a matter of time before it hits the crops in Latin America, where we get our supply. We’ll sort out what’s happening to our beloved banana with <a href="http://www.dankoeppel.com/" target="_blank">Dan Koeppel</a>, a journalist and author of the book, <em>Banana: the Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World</em>.</p></p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-15/bananas-are-cheap-and-everywhere-maybe-not-long-90604 Bananas are cheap and everywhere but maybe not for long http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-21/bananas-are-cheap-and-everywhere-maybe-not-long-84030 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-21/74416139.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We revisit our occasional series <a href="http://www.wbez.org/foodmondays" target="_blank"><em>Food Mondays</em></a> by taking a closer look at bananas. In America, we eat more of the tropical fruit than apples and oranges combined. Beginning in the late 19th century, American fruit companies bullied workers and manipulated governments in Central America to ensure low prices for the fruit, thus giving rise to the term &ldquo;banana republic.&rdquo; A century later, the fruit is still cheap and ubiquitous in the U.S. But that may soon change. A deadly fungus has severely reduced banana crops in Asia and Australia. Scientists expect that it&rsquo;s only a matter of time before it hits the crops in Latin America, where we get our supply. We&rsquo;ll sort out what&rsquo;s happening to our beloved banana with <a href="http://www.dankoeppel.com/" target="_blank">Dan Koeppel</a>, a journalist and author of the book, <em>Banana: the Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World</em>.</p></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-21/bananas-are-cheap-and-everywhere-maybe-not-long-84030