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Mushrooms and fungi: these have to be the creepiest things we eat.
They're not really fruits or vegetables. There's the whole thing where they grow on dead stuff. Some of them are flat out lethal poison. Others will make you see a balrog waving its flaming sword over Waterbury.
Their whole world is dark and damp and woodsy. We don't really belong there, but we cannot stop ourselves from trespassing.
Well, some of us. As you'll see today, there are some people are who just not going to be happy eating sunny things like swiss chard and alpine strawberries their whole lives. Once they enter the world of the mushroom, they are called back, again and again.
By the end of today's show, we will have explored the mushroom and the fungus from their scientific, culinary and sociological angles. Come with me as we meet the people who walk among us, silently dreaming of fungus.
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