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There are visionaries among us — men and women with innovative ideas about changing lives and transforming communities. You may find them in the far-flung corners of the world or right down the street. With The Promised Land, a new series from Launch Minneapolis, host Majora Carter seeks out these extraordinary yet everyday people and reveals their dreams and struggles — what inspires and challenges their work and their lives. From neighborhoods in east Belfast grappling with a polluted river to kids interviewing for Green Jobs Corps in East Oakland, The Promised Land promises a steady stream of powerful radio.
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Last updated: Monday, October 05 2015 04:17 PM
Wednesday, November 30 2011 07:50 PM
Marla Spivak, a bee lover, bee researcher, and MacArthur Genius shows Majora that there's more to the honeybee than honey.
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Thursday, November 24 2011 08:00 AM
Cheryl Rogowski, a fourth-generation farmer and the first farmer to win a MacArthur 'Genius' Award, gives us all some food for thought.
Thursday, November 17 2011 08:00 AM
For the first half of his career, Wes Jackson was an academic. At 41, he was a tenured professor at California State University, establishing one of the first environmental studies programs in the country. And at 41, Wes Jackson decided to begin the other half of his career. He returned to his native Kansas and became a pioneer in the sustainable agriculture movement. Wes founded The Land Institute, which works to breed perennial grains that mimic the way grasses grow naturally – next to other species, and without tilling or replanting.
Wes directs The Land Insitute
Majora: You have one quote that, I swear, kind of left me a little cold: “Farming is humanities original sin.” What do you mean by that?
Wes: Well, let’s think what those ecosystems were like 10,000 years ago...
Thursday, November 10 2011 08:00 AM
Growing up in Cuba, young Pedro Sanchez's life was all planned out - he was going to follow his father's footsteps, by studying at Cornell and eventually taking over his father's business. But when his parents lost everything in the Cuban Revolution, Pedro had to throw out the plan. And it led him to a life dedicated to eradicating hunger, while restoring fertility and protecting the tropical environment.
Pedro directs the Millenium Villages Project at the Earth Institute
Pedro: I was a wimp when I was a little kid. I was short, I had all sorts of asthma. And then I grew a foot in a few months, and everything changed.
Majora: So puberty changed you? [laughs]
Thursday, November 03 2011 09:00 AM
Carl Safina fell in love with birds first. As a child, he bred pigeons, and as a young ecologist, he worked to protect wild birds that he called "living jewels." But those birds led him to his most enduring love - the ocean. When studying seabirds, he realized that other ocean creatures - bluefin tuna, sharks, sea turtles - were declining.
Thursday, October 27 2011 08:00 AM
Growing up in a family of migrant farmworkers, Baldemar Velásquez spent his childhood in the fields, planting, weeding, and harvesting crops like sugar beets and berries.
Saturday, November 06 2010 08:47 PM
John Francis spent decades of his life walking across continents, carrying a backpack, a banjo, and a message of respect for the earth. He takes host Majora Carter to his hometown of Cape May, New Jersey, and tells her how, through walking this country, he connected to people in surprising ways.
Friday, October 22 2010 07:05 PM
Brenda Palms Barber, the force behind a transitional jobs program that employs ex-offendors to make honey, shows Majora the view from her office window in Chicago. Where some might only see weeds, Brenda sees possibility.
Thursday, September 30 2010 12:24 AM
Leaders can emerge in surprising places, as host Majora Carter found out when she went to Yosemite National Park and crawled through a cave with teenagers.