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Host Andi Murphy's (Navajo) questions and answers are designed to broaden perspective and understanding of traditions around food of Indigenous and Native American people. Inspires listeners to think more about what they eat, where it comes from and what it took to get it to their table. Important lessons are shared about why certain foods are comfort foods, and how sharing the memories behind traditional meals is another way to celebrate and honor traditions and cultures. Older listeners may be better able to grasp the complex and detailed nature of the conversations.
Strong messaging about gratitude is reinforced by guests' frequent mention of giving thanks or of making an offering in appreciation for what they have. Messages of preservation: use what you need, but give back to the land. Emphasizes taking care of yourself, family, community and the earth with minimally negative impact. Themes of perseverance and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Andi could be anybody's friend -- she's accessible, knowledgeable and down to earth. She invites thoughtful Indigenous guests who've created and built lives around intentional living, with a goal of the greater good and community benefit. Character strengths of communication, perseverance, and teamwork are prevalent from guests and stories in all episodes. Most noticeable are the regular, consistent expressions and acts of gratitude and respectful listening. The podcast offers many examples of people with different interests who walk lightly on the earth, giving back as much as they take.
Many Indigenous businesswomen and entrepreneurs are showcased, introducing both men and women from multiple Indigenous cultures from all over the world. Countries represented include Canada, Mexico, Central America, New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S. Foods and techniques discussed demonstrate understanding, appreciation, and interest for numerous native Indigenous tribes as well as some African American cuisine. Struggles common among Indigenous peoples around the world are discussed. Focus is on what unites people, not what makes us different. Important topics like climate change and the climate crisis and how that affects food and Indigenous farming and agriculture are discussed.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One episode is dedicated to brewing beer, but the focus is on foraging for natural ingredients and the cultural traditions behind the selection of those ingredients. Little to no reference is made to drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents should know that Toasted Sister Podcast is an award-winning podcast that focuses on the historical and cultural aspects of foods that have been the base of Native American and Indigenous peoples' diets for centuries. It's spiritual and wholesome, while real and down-to-earth. Host Andi Murphy (Navajo) demonstrates a constant feeling that she's welcoming to various ideas and perspectives. Gratitude is a strong, common theme in all episodes, as it's a powerful part of Native American and Indigenous cultures. Appreciation of the earth and nature is apparent in every conversation, and common to every guest, as are values of communication, perseverance, and teamwork. Andi brings her wide range of interests to her podcast by including topics beyond food, such as poetry, books, music, gardening and climate change. One episode features two women who brew beer using ingredients that they have foraged and collected. The show focuses on the pride and the process of the brewers, however, not on drinking alcohol. An important message from the show is that it's important not to label a culture by stereotypes or the actions and views of a few.
Is It Any Good?
Host Andi Murphy (Navajo) has a warm and accessible approach that's spirited and inviting. The insightful discussions in Toasted Sister Podcast are enlightening and informative without being too invasive. Andi offers listeners an opportunity to observe some of the values shared by many Indigenous people and tribes. Through her interviews Andi sheds light into some of the struggles that are common among Indigenous people around the world. Many of her guests offer thoughtful philosophies, like chef Karlos Baca (of Tewa, Diné, and Ute heritage), who poses the question "if food is medicine, what are we as chefs? What's our responsibility to our people?".
In addition to introducing listeners to differences between tribes, this podcast offers listeners the chance to hear and feel the elements of Native American and Indigenous cultures that are commonly shared. Strong family and community ties, consideration and gratitude for the earth, and a strong sense of culture and traditions are clear lessons to be learned.
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