Tom Ashbrook Hosts On Point Live With Mark Bittman And Della Mae
On Point host Tom Ashbrook welcomed best-selling author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman as his guest for this year’s rendition of On Point Live on Thursday, June 6 at the Paramount Center in downtown Boston. The sold-out show took place in front of a live audience of nearly 600 people and the interview was broadcast nationally the next day on 240 public radio stations across the country.
Bittman joined Ashbrook on stage for a discussion of diet and his new book, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good. Bittman explained his strategy of transforming two thirds of his diet by eating vegan before 6 p.m. to increase his consumption of plants and turn his health around for the better. The two broadened the conversation with an analysis of the American diet through a discussion of the practices and policies of the agricultural and meat industries. To close, Bittman optimistically argued that our diet has been as bad as it will ever be and can continue to improve through small changes on an individual level, and raising consciousness of nutrition, food sourcing and cooking on a broader level.
Special musical guest, bluegrass sensation Della Mae, opened the show with a high-energy live set. The Boston-based group wowed the audience with their blend of fiddle, fretboard and voice, and performed songs from their latest album, This World Oft Can Be, which was recently released on Rounder Records.