PODCAST EPISODE

A Brief History of Corn

The Poor Prole’s Almanac

May 30 2022 • 56 mins


For our 100th episode, we decided to tackle the long and convoluted history of corn, specifically corn in the post-1492 world. Corn's rise to becoming the cornerstone of the diet for most of humanity involves a lot of moving pieces, from its early history of being bred to a perfect confluence of events that allowed corn to continue growing past the point of anything anyone would have ever expected.

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