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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Director Charles Evans, Jr., and scientist Victor DeNoble talk about "Addiction Incorporated," a new documentary about the tobacco industry. Then, we’ll look at how grass roots community organizing has spurred school reform in low income communities like the Northwest Bronx. Timothy Pachirat tells us what he learned going undercover for 5 months in one of the country’s largest slaughter houses. Plus, the gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell, stop by to answer your home repair questions.

Addiction Incorporated

In 1994, scientist Victor DeNoble became the first whistleblower to reveal the tobacco industry's efforts to manufacture "a maximally addictive" product. Director Charles Evans, Jr., tells his story in the documentary “Addiction Incorporated.” The film opens in New York on December 14 at Film Forum.

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Community Organizing and School Reform

Mark Warren argues that community organizing is key to address the persistent failure of public schooling in low-income communities. A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform, written with Karen L. Mapp, is based on a comprehensive national study, the book presents rich and compelling case studies of prominent organizing efforts in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, San Jose, and the Mississippi Delta. He’s joined by Desiree Pilgrim Hunter, board president and leader of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, one of the organizations profiled in the book.

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Inside a Slaughterhouse

Political scientist Timothy Pachirat talks about working undercover for five months in a Great Plains slaughterhouse where 2,500 cattle were killed per day—one every twelve seconds. His book Every Twelve Seconds is an examination not only the slaughter industry but also of how, as a society, we hide violent labor.

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The Gurus of How-to Prepare on Winter Home Repair

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on home repair matters, from leaves in your gutter to ice on your stoop steps to furnaces on the fritz.

Call 212-433-9692 with your questions or leave a comment below.

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