CHILDREN OF SMITHFIELD
A Radio Documentary
Maira Mendez's parents work at a massive pork processing plant in Nebraska. Last March, as meatpacking plants across the nation quickly became invisible hotspots for the coronavirus, it became clear to her that the plant, owned by Smithfield Foods, wasn't able to ensure social distancing or provide enough protective equipment. Maira was alarmed at the conditions—and that workers found it difficult to speak up. So she became part of a group called the "The Children of Smithfield," joining other family members of meatpacking workers, to begin calling for action from the plant and the state. Co-reported with Esther Honig for NPR's Latino USA.
ON THE TABLE: A Farm Bill Podcast
Finalist for the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters
Marconi Award for Podcast of the Year
Winner of the Eric Sevareid, Midwest Broadcast Journalists
Association, First Place Award for Multimedia Storytelling
”On the Table” is a 12-part podcast series sharing the stories of where our food comes from, the people who make it, and how one law could change everything. Join host Grant Gerlock as he serves up the Farm Bill in delectable audio morsels that take a step back from your breakfast bowl, your dinner plate, and get a wider view of how all this will affect your life.