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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Michael Montgomery talks about the new Frontline report “The Pot Republic” and the debate over legalizing marijuana in California. Then, Martha Plimpton on her Emmy-nominated role in the comedy “Raising Hope.” We’ll find out about one man’s journey from city dweller to dairy farm owner. Plus, Barry Estabrook describes the human and environmental costs of the 5 billion dollar fresh tomato industry.

The Pot Republic

Michael Montgomery talks about “The Pot Republic,” the Frontline and Center for Investigative Reporting investigation of the country’s oldest, largest and most wide-open marijuana market in California. The bulk of the marijuana consumed in the United States used to come across the border from Mexico, Canada and elsewhere, but now more than half of it is believed to be grown in California, where an enormous black market has emerged under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana law. Several California counties are attempting to openly regulate pot production. Frontline’s “The Pot Republic” airs July 26, at 9pm ET on PBS.

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Martha Plimpton

Martha Plimpton talks about her role on television show “Raising Hope.” She was just nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy.

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Growing a Farmer

Former city-dweller Kurt Timmermeister describes the life and livelihood of a modern-day farmer. In Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land he tells about his initial stumbles in his quest to establish a profitable farm near Seattle, and he shares the specifics of making cheese, raising cows, and slaughtering pigs, and it will entirely change the way we think about our relationship to the food we consume.

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Investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of bringing perfectly round, red tomatoes to supermarkets all year long. Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, based on his James Beard Award-winning article, "The Price of Tomatoes," traces the supermarket tomato from its birthplace in the deserts of Peru to Immokalee, Florida, and investigates the herbicides and pesticides used on crops, why tomatoes have become less nutrient-rich, and how the drive for low cost fruit has fostered a modern-day slave trade in the United States.

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