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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Heirloom tomatoes at the Ft. Greene Farmers' Market. Anybody got a light? (Amy Eddings/WNYC)

On today’s show: The Wall Street Journal’s Julia Angwin discusses how law enforcement is using your license plate to track you. We kick off our new series, Globavores, about the travels of food from the Columbian Exchange—this week we’ll discuss the tomato with culinary historian Andrew Smith and chef Lidia Bastianich. Lois Lowry on her latest novel, The Son. Daniel Botkin argues that we need to reassess our global conservation policies.

Somebody's Watching You

Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin explains the rise of license plate tracking and how surveillance of seemingly mundane activities is growing. Her article, "New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates," written with Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, appeared in the September 29 issue of The Wall Street Journal.

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Globavores: Tomatoes

The first part of Globavores, our 8-week series about the Columbian Exchange, kicks off today with a look at the tomato and its 500- year journey from mesoamerica across the globe. We'll speak with Andrew Smith, culinary historian and author of The Tomato in America and with chef Lidia Bastianich, whose latest cookbook is  Lidia's Favorite Recipes.

Recipe: Lidia Bastianich's Spaghetti and Pesto Trapanese

Tomato Recipes from listeners

Share your favorite tomato recipe below!

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Lois Lowry's Son

Lois Lowry, whose book The Giver won a Newbery Medal, talks about her latest novel, Son. A new hero emerges in this series finale, the long-awaited conclusion to Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

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Rethinking Environmental Policy

Daniel Botkin argues that in a world constantly confronted by global environmental problems, establishing effective environmental plans, policies, and laws is more important than ever. His book The Moon in the Nautilus Shell: Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered challenges us to rethink our current conservation policies and to appreciate the complexities of the natural world.

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Junot Diaz Wins a MacArthur Fellowship

Writer Junot Diaz, whose 2007 novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and whose most recent book is This Is How You Lose Her, was awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant. You can listen to Leonard's conversations with him about both of those books.

Listen: Junot Diaz's This Is How You Lose Her, September 11, 2012

Listen: The Wondrous Debut Novel of Junot Diaz, October 1, 2007

Junot Diaz on Studio 360 February 25, 2011, live in the Greene Space



Recipe: Lidia Bastianich's Spaghetti and Pesto Trapanese

Pesto alla Trapanese

Pesto has become very familiar in American homes by now— that is, pesto made with fresh basil leaves, garlic, and pignoli nuts. Well, this one is different— it is an uncooked sauce freshly flavored with herbs, almonds, and tomatoes. It is a recipe I discovered in Sicily while researching for Lidia’s Italy, and I have received countless e-mails about this recipe, praising its simplicity and rich flavor. I am sure it will become one of your favorites.

serves 4 to 6

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