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Friday, December 10, 2010

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Chef Dan Barber discuss a new comprehensive plan to make New York’s food system more sustainable. Then, we’ll look at what happened in the lands between Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. And Claude Lanzmann, director of “Shoah” a landmark documentary about the Holocaust, discusses the film’s 25th anniversary. Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about seafood!

Food Works in New York City

Christine Quinn, City Council Speaker, and Dan Barber, executive chef and owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, talk about “Food Works,” a comprehensive plan unveiled by Speaker Quinn last month that calls for a more sustainable food system—a ground-to-garbage approach unprecedented in the history of New York City. The proposals focus on combating hunger and obesity, preserving regional farming and local food manufacturing, and decreasing waste and energy use.

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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Yale University's Timothy Snyder discusses the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes, and looks at how both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain after World War II, leaving the history of mass killings there in darkness. In Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, he looks at what happened under totalitarianism, when Stalin killed millions of his own citizens and Hitler murdered six million Jews, as well as nearly as many other Europeans.

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Claude Lanzmann on the 25th Anniversary of “Shoah”

Claude Lanzmann, director of “Shoah,” discusses the film’s 25th anniversary. The nine-and-a-half hour landmark documentary, considered one of the greatest films ever made on the Holocaust, and it features interviews with survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators in 14 countries, and also visits places where the crimes took place. It opens in New York December 10th at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and on December 24th at IFC Center.

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Please Explain: Sustainable Seafood and Seafood Safety

Our latest Please Explain is all about seafood—how it’s harvested, what sustainable fishing entails, and how fish gets from the sea to your plate. We're joined by Sheila Bowman,  senior manager of outreach and education, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, and Dr. Gina Solomon, who is both a medical doctor and a senior scientist with Natural Resources Defense Council.

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The Leonard Lopate Show's Favorite Books

It's December, and it seems that every media outlet - the New York Times, the Economist, and NPR, to name just three - is publishing their lists of the top books of year. We at the Leonard Lopate Show wanted to get into the end-of-year listing spirit but we're also overachievers, so here are two lists of our favorite books of the year.

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