6:00 pm18:00

KUT's Views and Brews at the Cactus Cafe - Austin, Texas

Coming up on our next Views and Brews at The Cactus Cafe this Tuesday at 6 join hosts of The Secret Ingredient, Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy as they explore the past, present and future of food in Austin with local legend Hoover Alexander.  

Hoover’s long career in cooking tracks incredible changes that have taken place in Austin— from The Night Hawk, to Good Eats, to Hoover’s—and his perspective can shed light on what gentrification means for the culinary life of our city. 

Views and Brews is free and open to the public, we hope to see you this Tuesday at 6 at the Cactus.

Listen here.


Oct 13

SXSW Eco - Austin, Texas

  • Austin Convention Center Room 3

Buckraking or Nitpicking: When Journalists Take Money from the Companies They Cover

When a science journalist quotes an academic expert saying pesticides are safe, should that expert’s financial ties to the pesticide industry be disclosed to readers? Can a food reporter accept a paid speaking gig or travel expenses from a pro-GMO corporation and still independently, aggressively report on GMOs? What about a journalism fellowship co-sponsored by the Organic Trade Association and Monsanto—is that okay?

These kinds of ethical dilemmas are a day-to- day reality in the media landscape surrounding food and agriculture journalism, and the guidelines that reporters and editors employ vary dramatically. In the last year, a number of reporters and public-interest groups have weighed in on the ways that food companies are financially wooing journalists-- -and how journalists don’t always, clearly disclose their financial ties to readers. This controversy even reared its head at SXSW Eco 2014 when it was revealed that Monsanto had paid the travel expenses of several panelists and moderators (including at least one journalist) without publicly disclosing this until the day of the session.

Whether you are a consumer or a producer of news, you have an opinion. Join our engaging panel in a constructive discussion, and share your thoughts with us!

4:45 pm16:45

SXSW Eco - Austin, Texas

  • Austin Convention Center Austin Suite 500 E. Cesar Chavez

Will AgTech Help Scale up Sustainable Food + Farming?

AgTech is hot. AgFunder recently reported that some 499 agtech companies attracted $4.6 billion in investments last year, nearly double the $2.36 billion in 2014, and up from about $500 million in 2012. U.S. companies raised just over half that total, or $2.4 billion, and about $1.65 billion of the 2015 global total was for food e-commerce companies alone. There’s also been a huge jump in investor and accelerators to drive new technology; Monsanto and Campbell Soup Co. both now have their own venture capital operations. Along with new biological applications, farm electronic technology, including sensors, robots and drones, and big-data approaches, are all the rage. But questions remain whether ag tech will actually help farmers, and especially those who farm sustainably. Beyond vertical farming, meal kits, and new-fangled food stuffs like Soylent, what practical applications can tech have to scale sustainability?

2:45 pm14:45

Farm Tank Summit 2016 - Sacramento, California

Food Tank, in partnership with the Visit Sacramento, Farm-to- Fork Program, and University of California- Davis, is excited to announce the 1st annual Farm Tank Conference at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

This two-day event will feature more than 35 different speakers from the food and agriculture field, interactive panels moderated by top food journalists, networking, and delicious food, followed by a day of hands-on activities and opportunities for attendees.

See Tom's panel here (starting around minute 10:30).


6:00 pm18:00

KUT's Views and Brews at the Cactus Cafe - Austin, Texas

 Feeding Austin's Hungry

Join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy along hosts of The Secret Ingredient, Raj Patel and Tom Philpott, as they talk with guests Edwin Marty, the Food Policy Manager for the City of Austin, and Erin Lentz, from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, to ask: “Why are people starving in one of the foodie capitals of the world? And what can be done about it? 

It’s a look at “Feeding Austin’s Hungry” at the next Views and Brews this Tuesday at 6 at the Cactus. 

6:00 pm18:00

KUT's Views and Brews at the Cactus Cafe - Austin, Texas

The Austin Craft Beer Boom

Join guest host Tom Philpott, food writer for Mother Jones Magazine and co-host of KUT’s podcast The Secret Ingredient, as he talks with brewers from ABGB, Real Ale, Independence Brewing Company and others, about the explosion of craft been in Austin.

How has it developed? How do they make it taste so good? And what’s on the horizon for small local brewery’s?

6:00 pm18:00

KUT's Views and Brews at the Cactus Cafe - Austin, Texas

The Past, Present, and Future of the Greek Economy

KUT’s Rebecca McInroy joins the hosts of KUT’s The Secret Ingredient podcast, Tom Philpott and Raj Patel, as they sit down with the eminent economist James K. Galbraith author of the forthcoming “Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe” to talk inequality, the Greek debacle, prospects for social democracy in America, and more.

5:00 pm17:00

SXSW 2016 "New Media and Government: Holding Our Institutions Accountable"

  • JW Marriott Salon 3-4

Who trusts institutional power anymore, whether in government or media? Not the public. People with all political perspectives are increasingly skeptical of what government, corporations, Wall Street and “Big Media” have to say. But where to turn? In an era of sponsored content masquerading as real news and the merger of entertainment and news, who can be relied on for the truth and how can we help people demand more from our institutions? How can media that reveres “access” above serving their audience truly hold the powerful accountable? Here’s a zesty discussion of where online journalism can, should, and will go in the months and years ahead.

Will it continue to be dominated by huge companies, afraid to tell some stories and more concerned about being part of the establishment or, will it acknowledge the frustration in the land and embrace its watchdog role and do a better job of aggressively digging for meaningful revelations and analysis that help us understand our times and the life-and-death issues we face?


Andrea Grimes, DIGITAL EDITOR, Texas Observer


Sean Stone, CO-HOST OF WATCHING THE HAWKS, RTI International

Tom Philpott, Food and Agriculture CORRESPONDENT Mother Jones


Access: Interactive Badge, Gold Badge, Platinum Badge

Track Government and Policy

Level Beginner

Tags big media public trust future of journalism


6:00 pm18:00

Live Taping of The Secret Ingredient podcast--Views and Brews at the Cactus Cafe

  • Cactus Cafe, on the campus of UT-Austin

In this special The Secret Ingredient edition of Views & Brews, KUT’s Rebecca McInroy joins Tom Philpott, food and agriculture writer for Mother Jones Magazine, and Raj Patel from the LBJ school of public affairs, and author of “Stuffed and Starved” and “The Value of Nothing”, to talk about everything from GMOs and Soylent Green, to Video Games and The Family Dinner.

What will it mean to eat food in the future? What will food look and taste like? Will things like fake meat, Soylent, and Quorn, replace the Sunday dinner of rump roast, potatoes, and collard greens? And if they do, would that really be so bad?

3:00 pm15:00

Texas Book Festival: ALL ABOUT FOOD52

All About FOOD52

Location: Texas Book Festival, Texas Tent, Congress Ave. near 8th Street, Austin, TX
Kristen Miglore
Sarah Jampel
Gena Hamshaw

With incredible resources for all kinds of chefs and home cooks, has become the go to source for many. Meet the chefs and writers behind Food52's Vegan, Baking, and Genius recipes. Join us for this delicious conversation!

Moderated by Tom Philpott


6:30 pm18:30

Enter the Conversation: The Food Bargain at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City

Enter the Conversation: The Food Bargain

6:30 PM – 11 PM, CATHEDRAL, please RSVP to link above

Mother Jones presents food and agricultural correspondent Tom Philpott in conversation with urban farmer and community activist Karen Washington and award winning restaurateur, author, and head judge of Top Chef Tom Colicchio, for an in-depth discussion of the contemporary food movement. Local and small-scale models for sustainable food production have moved into the mainstream; this panel of experts will evaluate their accessibility, and explore potential next steps to expand the impact healthy, affordable, culturally diverse food systems can make on our communities.

1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 316-7540


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KUT's Brews and Views at the Cactus Cafe, Austin, Texas

Food and agriculture writers Raj Patel and Tom Philpott and producer Rebecca McInroy will launch KUT’s new podcast “The Secret Ingredient” with a “Views and Brews” show featuring Toni Tipton-Martin.

Tipton-Martin, an award-winning food and nutrition journalist and community activist, is the author of The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, published this fall by the University of Texas Press.

McInroy is a host at KUT and co-creator and executive producer for “Two Guys on Your Head” with psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke, “Liner Notes” with rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, and “The Write Up” with writer Owen Egerton.

Patel, the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing, is a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Philpott is the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones magazine, where he also writes the popular “Food for Thought” blog.

Cactus Cafe, on the campus of UT-Austin