An epic tale of the pastry woven into America's timeline - German soldiers blowing up donut trucks, frying donuts in whale oil, the first women allowed on the front lines in U.S. history, and maybe even an answer to the question: can the donut yet again unite our country?
Huge thanks to food writer Michael Krondl. Check out his book The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin. See all of his incredible work on his website.
The music episode was performed by The Underscore Orkestra.
The cover art was illustrated by Gracie Canaan.
Make your own damn donuts! Here's one of my favorite recipes for apple cinnamon donuts from chef and food writer Michael Ruhlman.