Thursday, June 15th, 2023

In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis peel back the layers to uncover the unexpected history of BANANAS! Which is all the quest for the lost perfect tasting banana, the development of the Cavendish banana at Chatsworth House, and the first time a banana appeared in a British shop window! It’s also all banana republics, colonialism and the United Fruit Company and the 1928 Columbian massacre of workers, and the 1954 coup that saw the overthrow of the democratically elected president of Guatemala Jacobo Árbenz! Who knew!

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