I like to imagine some Saturday Night Live writer from the 1990s visiting Connecticut for a relaxing vacation only to stumble upon Faith Middleton’s Food Schmooze and subsequently writing the biggest sketch of his life.
Personally, the sound of Middleton’s voice sends me into a blind rage. Now, I’m so conditioned to the start of her show that I start frothing at the mouth and swearing at artisinal cheese makers every day at 3 p.m. But I am clearly in the minority on this topic, because people continue to support the show.
I’m starting to be concerned about the popularity of the show and what it might be doing to listeners’ psyches. You see, every Wednesday Middleton trots out her foodie friends to talk about stuffing their faces. And then, with almost the same regularity, she seems to trot out diet and nutrition experts to talk about weight loss. In fact, every time WNPR has a fundraiser, they like to replay these very episodes of the FMS and give away the diet books (or cookbooks) to donors.
It’s a demented cycle of binge eating, and diet obsessing that is starting to send me into a tizzy. Here’s a small sampling of the health and diet obsessed shows:
- How to Avoid What Any of Us Can Develop: Pre-Diabetes
- Why Meat, Cheese, and Fat Belong in Your Diet
- Round Two: Metabolic Approach to Weight Control
At some point, the food related shows were coming so fast and so furious on the website I couldn’t tell the difference between the Food Schmooze and the other shows. I’m not totally sure what my point is here, but if this continues, I fully expect more g-chats like this one: