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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

On today’s show: Lester Brown takes a look at food scarcity and why food security will be one of the driving geopolitical issues of the next century. Tom Reiss tells the true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo. Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast, about a young orphan who became one of the greatest chefs of his generation. Kenny Rogers tells us about his life in music and his new memoir Luck or Something Like It.

The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Lester Brown explains how falling water tables, eroding soils, rising temperatures, and control of arable land and water resources is spurring the global struggle for food security. In Full Planets, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity Brown outlines the political implications of land acquisitions by grain-importing countries in Africa and elsewhere as well as the world’s shrinking buffers against poor harvests.

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The Black Count

Tom Reiss tells the true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo. The Black Count tells the story of General Alex Dumas, who was the son of a black slave in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), and rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time.

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Lawrence Norfolk's novel John Saturnall’s Feast

Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast. It tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house, then rises through the ranks to become the greatest cook of his generation. It is a story of food, star-crossed lovers, ancient myths and one man’s rise from outcast to hero.

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Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers talks about making of his career in country music and his most memorable songs, including "Lucille," "The Gambler," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream." His new memoir Luck of Something Like It details growing up in Depression-era Texas, surviving in poverty, and he recounts his early years as a jazz bassist and later as a member of the folk group the New Christy Minstrels.

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