What Cheese Reveals About Human History

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The science of cheesemaking and the development of the western world are deeply intertwined in the new book by University of Vermont professor and food scientist Paul Kindstedt. "Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and its Place in Western Civilization" explores how environmental factors, early trade practices and changes in climate shaped shaped the practice and science of making cheese over 9,000 years, and how understanding cheese may illuminate gaps in our knowledge of human history. Paul Kindstedt joins us to explore the role of cheese in ancient to modern society, and why the current U.S. renaissance in artisan cheese is part of a historical continuum of cheese in western culture.

Also in the program, lessons learned from one school’s Pride Week. Last week, Norwich University became the first military school in the country to host a celebration of gay students after the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We speak with Professor Mich Kabay, faculty adviser for Norwich’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies Club, to redcap the events of the week and the reaction of faculty, students and alumni.

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