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Chocolate: Where It Comes From

The worldwide demand for chocolate is growing.  Industry sales are worth 18 billion in the US, and the world chocolate market is expected to rise to over 98 billion by 2016.  This series features chocolate from the cacao farms to chocolate making in the United States.

Episode 1 – Lauren Adler is the owner and Chief Chocophile of a craft chocolate bar shop, Chocolopolis.  Adler explains artisan chocolate making and how it differs from mass market chocolate bars.

Episode 2 – Theo Chocolate’s cocoa sourcing manager, Nathan Royston explains the journey of their cocoa beans.

Episode 3 – University of Washington, Bothell faculty in global studies and African Studies, Dr. Kristy Leissle describes where our chocolate comes from.

Episode 4 – Dr. Kristy Leissle gives us a peek into the lives of cacao farmers.

Episode 5 -Dr. Kristy Leissle  talk about some social efforts within the chocolate industry.


Photo: Kenya Allmond

Music: Gepel – song is “El Sol”

Producers: Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama


The giving season is upon us!  At this time of selling, buying and gifting, it seems appropriate to step back and take a look at consumerism.  The non-profit organization, Humanities Washington hosts Think & Drinks throughout the state – public events that offer a topic and a panel of speakers on the topic to inspire thoughtful discussion in our communities.  They hosted events earlier in December on consumerism.  We listen to some history of consumerism and where we are with it today.


  • Zaki Abdelhamid – Humanities Washington Program Manager
  • Linda Nash – Professor at University of Washington’s Department of History

Listen to the discussion here