Jell-O was one of those foods I longed for as a child which my parents forbade me from having with any regularity. My mother was suspicious of many processed foods, and deemed Jell-O to be full of unnecessary sugar and colored unnatural shades. She treated it the way she did with so many commercial treats I found tantalizing: with neglect, if not outright disdain.
But during a different era, in a different corner of this country, Jell-O meant something very different: it meant modernity.
In the new episode of Gravy, Lora Smith takes us to her home in rural Appalachia to explore the seismic shift that Jell-O was part of in that part of the South.
You can listen here.