"I've always seen the connection between good food, intellectual ideas, and people meeting." (21:37)

Welcome to the first episode of Season 3! This wee...

Jim Haynes and Sunday Dinner

October 11, 2018

"When food is on the table, it makes it so easy to talk about the sensitive issues. It makes it easy to bring sides of the conflict together around th...

Alastair Carr with Gulya Nabieva and Recipes for Peace

June 22, 2018

“There isn’t a shortage of countries where we can talk about actions that are being taken to build peace." (24:01)

Peacebuilding charity, International...

Niki Psarias and Alastair Carr with International Alert's Conflict Cafe

April 13, 2018

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Dawn Weleski from Conflict Kitchen

February 16, 2018


“This is about us as Americans asking what could potentially be the most ignorant questions that people have on their minds and are afraid to ask. This is about creating a platform where questions are asked and ignorances can be admitted.” (5:10)


DAWN WELESKI, co-founder of Conflict Kitchen and socially engaged artist, shares how she uses food to get strangers together. Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh (currently on hiatus) serves public programming, events, and first-person storytelling through changing iterations of countries with which the US government is in conflict in order to give the average American insight into what it's like to live in these countries, encourage curiosity, and help people to ask better questions so that they can be better citizens. We talk collaboration, politics, food and art, essentialization of people and culture, and being a world citizen. As Dawn says, Conflict Kitchen and its effects are a small movement and "a small movement...is not something that [happens] without a team." (11:38)


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