Our Daily Bread

Episodes

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01A Half-baked History20120521

It's the staff of life, the body of Christ, the foundation of Western civilization, the thing we work to put on our table; it's our daily bread.

It was so central to our ancestors that it became a sacred object, a political totem, and infused their language - the difference between feast and famine. Yet now it's almost universally taken for granted.

And because bread was there as a witness to every stage of our transformation, from hunter gatherer to 21st century creatures of the cyber age, it has a lot to tell us.

In Our Daily Bread the journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Kent takes bread as a starting point for an exploration of human history, health, faith, culture and relationships.

A Half-Baked History of the World in Seven Loaves (and a crumb) takes eight slices from twenty five thousand years of bread.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

01A Half-baked History20120521

It's the staff of life, the body of Christ, the foundation of Western civilization, the thing we work to put on our table; it's our daily bread.

It was so central to our ancestors that it became a sacred object, a political totem, and infused their language - the difference between feast and famine. Yet now it's almost universally taken for granted.

And because bread was there as a witness to every stage of our transformation, from hunter gatherer to 21st century creatures of the cyber age, it has a lot to tell us.

In Our Daily Bread the journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Kent takes bread as a starting point for an exploration of human history, health, faith, culture and relationships.

A Half-Baked History of the World in Seven Loaves (and a crumb) takes eight slices from twenty five thousand years of bread.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

02Bread Kills20120522

'Bread Kills' considers the impact food has on human health by looking at two deadly loaves from history. It unveils groundbreaking new research and sets 'real bread' campaigners against the food industry to thrash out the case for and against modern industrialised bread.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

02Bread Kills20120522

'Bread Kills' considers the impact food has on human health by looking at two deadly loaves from history. It unveils groundbreaking new research and sets 'real bread' campaigners against the food industry to thrash out the case for and against modern industrialised bread.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

03The Bread Of Life20120523

Today's episode brings together a bishop, an imam and a rabbi for an interfaith bake-in and a chance not just to talk about what bread means to their respective religions but, through small moments of mutual recognition, to find out how much they have in common.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

03The Bread Of Life20120523

Today's episode brings together a bishop, an imam and a rabbi for an interfaith bake-in and a chance not just to talk about what bread means to their respective religions but, through small moments of mutual recognition, to find out how much they have in common.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

04The Bread Of Nations20120524

'The Bread of Nations' takes us on a journey across the northern European plain, from Paris via Cologne to Krakow, to discover what bread has to tell us about three great European peoples.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

04The Bread Of Nations20120524

'The Bread of Nations' takes us on a journey across the northern European plain, from Paris via Cologne to Krakow, to discover what bread has to tell us about three great European peoples.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LASTCompanionship20120525

In 'Companionship' Jonathan looks at how bread works as a lingua franca of human relations - a universal, and nurturing meeting place for people building communities, friendships and wellbeing.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LASTCompanionship20120525

In 'Companionship' Jonathan looks at how bread works as a lingua franca of human relations - a universal, and nurturing meeting place for people building communities, friendships and wellbeing.

Producer: Jonathan Kent

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.