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Friday, September 02, 2011

On today’s show we’re replaying some favorite recent interviews. First, Moby discusses his new album and new book of photographs. Then we’ll look at how the Berlin Crisis in 1961 shaped the Cold War. 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.

Moby Talks about Insomnia, Travel, Photography, and Music

Moby talks about his new album and book of photographs, “Destroyed.” The book Destroyed features 55 photographs taken all over the world, and helps to show the strange and disconcerting life of touring that is rarely seen—time spent isolated in anonymous, mundane spaces like hotel rooms, airports, and backstage waiting areas. Songs on the album “Destroyed” were written mostly late at night, in hotel rooms around the world when cities had gone to sleep.

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Berlin 1961

In June 1961, Nikita Khrushchev called Berlin "the most dangerous place on earth." American and Soviet fighting men and tanks stood only yards apart. Frederick Kempe talks about what made Berlin so dangerous. His book Berlin 1961 is based on a wealth of new documents and interviews, filled with fresh insights, and is a masterly look at key events of the 20th century, with powerful applications to these early years of the 21st century.

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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.



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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