The fast-food industry is deeply engrained in American history and culture. How has the availability of quick, cheap grub changed how we think about buying and consuming food in America?
Though often maligned for menus filled with mostly unhealthy options, the ubiquity, convenience, affordability and nostalgia associated with fast food keeps people coming back for more.
80 percent of Americans eat at fast food chains at least once a month, according to Gallup. So far in 2019, people in the U.S. have spent more money on fast food than on retail purchases.
How has fast food helped shape American society and health outcomes? What regional differences exist?
What is the financial impact of fast food in this country and around the world? How has the industry evolved over time? What is the future of fast food in America?
- Adam Chandler, author of "Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom"
- Mike Sutter, restaurant critic and food writer for the San Antonio Express-News
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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, September 19.