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This edition: July 2017

Episode Details

Original tape date: June 9, 2017.

First aired: July 7, 2017.

AAL kicks off the summer season with a special featuring music and the latest trends on food.

Hailed as the new face of jazz, Saxophonist Grace Kelly has performed with many jazz greats including Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr.  Dubbed as a prodigy in the jazz world, she’s one of the very few young Asian American musicians to achieve great success before the age of 25. Reporter Kyung Yoon gets up close with this rising star.

If you travel across the U.S., you’re likely to visit a hotel or motel owned by Indian Americans, also known as “Potels” — the reason behind how and why they came to dominate the hotel-motel business is more than just a simple story about an immigrant group achieving the American dream. Reporter Minnie Roh traces their history and success.

All across America, there’s a growing appetite for Poke, a traditional Hawaiian dish made with raw fish. It’s become so popular on the East coast that they’re popping up in all over major cities. Reporter Paul Lin explores why Poke has become the trendiest dish of summer.

When it comes to blogging food trends and influencing restaurant diners, Asian Americans dominate the social media landscape. Host Ernabel Demillo covers some of the top food bloggers in New York.

Guest List

Martha Cheng Author, Food Writer & Journalist, The Poke Cookbook

Pawan Dhingra Professor and Chair, Tufts University

Ben Hon Food Instagrammer, @stuffbeneats

Grace Kelly Jazz Musician, Singer and Songwriter

John Kim Co-Founder, Sons of Thunder

Harshad Patel Hotel Owner, Holiday Inn Express

Christine Yi Food Instagrammer, @cy_eats

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