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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Will Allen, a former professional basketball player and KFC executive, discusses his efforts to promote urban farming. Today’s installment of the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects is about the chronometer from the HMS Beagle, the ship that took Darwin around the world! Plus, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tells her very personal story about experiencing the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Will Allen's Good Food Revolution

Will Allen discusses cashing in his retirement fund to buy a two-acre plot near Milwaukee’s largest public housing project to build the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. In The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities he describes founding Growing Power to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health.

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Madeleine Albright's Personal Story of Remembrance and War

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discusses the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia—the country where she was born—and the events of World War II that shook her life before she turned twelve. Her memoir Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War: 1937–1948 draws on the memories of her and her family, her parents' written reflections, interviews, and newly available documents to give an account of the most tumultuous 12 years in modern history.

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