Episode F: Fettuccini Alfredo, Florence Foster Jenkins, and FOMO

Cooking Corner: Fettuccini alfredo is named in honour of Alfredo di Lelio, and there are two restaurants in Rome that compete over which is the more authentic fettuccini. Traditionally, it consists of fettuccini noodles, butter, and fresh parmesan. I tried a variation with feta cheese, just because.

Woman of the Week: Florence Foster Jenkins was a notoriously terrible opera singer, and she teaches us a lesson about failing fabulously while having fun. Her complete inability to distinguish pitch might have been caused by syphilis, which she contracted from her husband. A longtime lover of music and patron of the arts scene in New York, Florence Foster Jenkins decided late in life to pursue a career in singing. Her fortune allowed her to control her fame, and she gave mostly private concerts to carefully chosen audiences. Her biggest concert, and the focus of the 2016 film with Meryl Streep playing Florence, was at Carnegie Hall. A quote that sums up her larger than life legacy is “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing”.


The mental health moment started off discussing FOMO, the fear of missing out. Discussing our addiction to social media lead to discussion of other addictions. Fetal alcohol syndrome. Fentanyl. The Chechnya hostage crisis at the Dubrovka theater in Moscow.

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