In Depth, Out Loud

How the humble potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism – podcast

How the humble potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism – podcast

Britain’s love for the potato is bound up with notions of the utilitarian value of a good diet and how a healthy citizenry is the engine room of a strong economy. And it all dates back to the 18th century.

This episode of In Depth Out Loud, a podcast narrating an in depth article from The Conversation, looks at the history of the Enlightenment thinkers who promoted the tuber as a way to build a healthy and productive society. It’s read by Laura Hood.

You can read the text version of the article here.


The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record.