Last night’s episode of NPR’s (actually, WBUR’s) “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” featured our own Rob Rhinehart discussing Soylent along with Lee Hutchinson (editor at Ars Technica), Martha Stipanuk (professor of nutrition at Cornell), and John Lanchester (contributor at the New Yorker).
From the blurb: “Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food?”
This was some interesting coverage that managed to capture some of the finer points of Soylent along with a dose of the absolute hysteria a lot of people seem to experience regarding the death of food (and all of the accompanying arguments that mostly went unaddressed). I think Rob stuck a little too much to his Soylent ideology on some points where people might have been more assuaged by a less utilitarian response, but he did a good job overall and it’s nice to see some coverage that goes a little deeper than the brief stuff on Colbert (or those awful Gawker articles).
Did anyone catch this? What do you think?
Sorry if someone already posted this, couldn’t find it anywhere haha.
EDIT: Just a warning, the episode’s 47 minutes long (though the latter part is about the Antares rocket)