Freakonomics: How American Food Got So Bad: A New Marketplace Podcast

This isn’t the very latest episode of the Freakonomics podcast, but we were hooked into the fastenating contact when we tuned into it today… Tyler Cowen points fingers and gives some specific, surprising reasons why  American food got so bad. One big historical factor: Prohibition.  (photo credit: Jazz Guy)

Restaurants that relied on alcohol sales closed their doors, often replaced by diners, soda fountains, and candy shops. This new breed of restaurant served hot dogs, hamburgers, chop suey, and what we now know as classic American fast food.Quality was traded for speed and convenience.

Read the Transcript here.


Published: 13th December  2011
Produced by: Freakonomics
Length: 5:08