Samuel Zemurray in 1951 - banana king. Photo: Getty ImagesSamuel Zemurray was a poor Jewish immigrant, selling freckled bananas out of a boxcar before amassing a fortune in the banana trade. His rags-to-riches story is unveiled in a new biography by Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone Magazine contributing editor Rich Cohen. Cohen joins KQED’s Forum to discuss Zemurray’s life in relation to American capitalism, foreign relations in Latin America and beyond.

Original Broadcast: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 — 10:00 AM

Host: Michael Krasny

Guest: Rich Cohen, author and contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone Magazine

KQED’s Forum: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King 9 July,2012Wendy Goodfriend


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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