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The History Of The Humble Pig

The History Of The Humble Pig

Pigs are a beloved part of North Carolina culture and vital to the state’s economy, but internationally their reputation is more divisive . In the new book “ Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig ” (Basic Books/2015) historian Mark Essig argues that we have loved and hated pigs for as long as they’ve lived among us. Essig examines pig biology and traces 10,000 years of human culture to explore how the clever, versatile animal ended up with such a complex reputation. Host Frank