May 30, 2012

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

Most of Africa’s farmers are so poor they can’t grow enough to feed their families year round. In January of 2011 a group of Kenyan farmers decided to take a chance--joining the One Acre Fund, a social enterprise set up to help some of Africa’s most neglected people. The hope was that they could feed their families for the year, and have a bit left over to sell.  Roger Thurow brings us the story of a farm community on the brink of change, the subject of his book "The Last Hunger Season."


February 01, 2010

The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and Obsession

Guest: Adam Leith Gollner.

What if we could turn sour flavors to sweet in a single nibble? In fact, you can—all you need is one bite of the miracle fruit, an experience described by Adam Leith Gollner in his recent book The Fruit Hunters. Gollner joins the show today to talk about some of the extraordinary fruits that he has discovered around the globe, as well as the mass-produced ones that we may buy in the grocery store.


July 15, 2009

Insect Control

With Philip L. Nixon, Ph.D. (Extension Entomologist, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


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