July 17, 2012

A Family Farm: Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm

Robert L. Switzer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

Over the past hundred years the United States lost two-thirds of its family-operated farms. We’ll bring you the story of one such farm as we talk with Robert Switzer, author of "A Family Farm." The book tells the story of life on a Northern Illinois dairy farm beginning in 1916, the time of the author’s grandparents. The story ends when the farm is sold in 1991. The author says millions of these stories, often sad ones, could be told, but they are rapidly being lost.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, May 07, 2012, 10 am

July 12, 2012

Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

Laurent Dubois, Ph..D., Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History, Duke University

Host: David Inge

In January of 2010 Haiti was devastated by a powerful earthquake, the worst in more than 200 years. As many as 300,000 people may have died. Now, over two years later, the country is still struggling to rebuild in spite of billions of dollars in aid promised by the international community.  We'll talk about Haiti with Laurent Dubois from Duke University, author of "Haiti: the Aftershocks of History." His book looks at the ways the country’s past continues to shape its present.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, January 27, 2012, 11 am

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