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Jonathan Gold on getting to know a city through its food

Jonathan Gold on getting to know a city through its food


Plus Daylight Saving Time, Maria Sharapova, and your SXSW preview

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This week on Verge ESP: Emily chats with food critic Jonathan Gold about the forthcoming documentary City of Gold, a movie about his approach to LA's food. In fact, we discuss a glut of movies this week, including the genre-benders The Witch, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Midnight Special. Liz and Emily revisit the topic of spoilers — are there some cases where a lack of expectation is to be encouraged?

Also: Sunday is the start of Daylight Saving Time in the US, a stupid practice Liz feels ought to be discouraged. Not only does it interrupt her morning schedule — the sun's only just started rising when she gets up and she'd like that to continue — it also leads to sleep deprivation. And everyone is worse when they don't get enough sleep!

Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova, the world's highest-paid female athlete, was taking performance-enhancing drugs and still couldn't beat Venus Williams. What's even weirder is the drugs' history: they were originally meant for Soviet super-soldiers. Anyway the moral of this story is that Venus Williams is an incredible athlete, and we all ought to admire her. (In fact, both Williams sisters are remarkable athletes — Sharapova lost to Serena Williams the same day Sharapova tested positive for PEDs.)

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