Sowing and Reaping

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Monday, October 22, 2012

President Obama and Vice President Biden, along with members of the national security team, receiving an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House. President Obama and Vice President Biden, along with members of the national security team, receiving an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House. (

Frederick Kaufman investigates the hidden connection between global food and global finance, asking why can’t delicious, inexpensive, and healthy food be available to everyone? Nick Hornby talks about his latest book, a collection of essays from his column in the Believer magazine. Mark Bowden gives an account of the hunt for and final killing of Osama bin Laden. And we'll get the latest on what's happening in Afghanistan and what role the war there is playing in the presidential election.

How Food Stopped Being Food

In 2008, farmers grew more than enough to feed the world, yet more people starved than ever before—and most of them were farmers. Harper’s magazine contributing editor Frederick Kaufman investigates the connection between the global food system and why the food on our tables is getting less healthy and less delicious even as the world's biggest food companies and food scientists say things are better than ever. In Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food, he moves down the supply chain like a detective solving a mystery, revealing the forces undermining our food system.

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Nick Hornby on the Reading Life

Nick Hornby talks about his popular column in the Believer magazine, which chronicles the books he’s read, bought, skimmed, and meant to read. His new book of essays, More Baths Less Talking, is about his encounters with the reading life.

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Mark Bowden on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Mark Bowden, chronicler of our military and special forces, gives the account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, he tells the story in The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden. Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight al Qaeda, how the right weapon to go after bin Laden evolved, how intelligence led to a compound in Abbottabad, and how the Navy SEALS carried out their mission.

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Afghanistan and the Presidential Debate

Joshua Hersh, who covers foreign policy for the Huffington Post, discusses the latest on what’s happening in Afghanistan and the role  it will play (or not) in tonight’s presidential debate.


Tributes: Russell Means

Russell Means starred as Chingachgook alongside Daniel Day-Lewis' Hawkeye in "The Last of the Mohicans." He also voiced Chief Powhatan in the 1995 animated film "Pocahontas" – and he had an advantage, in that he was a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.  He was also the first director of the American Indian Movement.  He just died at the age of 72.  And you can hear his interview from 1995 with Leonard for his memoir, Where White Men Fear to Tread.

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Hybrid, greenhouse-grown tomatoes from Stokes Farm

Tomato Recipes from Listeners

Grandmother’s Fried Tomatoes with Gravy (as written in “At Grandmother’s Table,” edited by Ellen Perry Berkeley)
The recipe and story behind it are written by my aunt, Jane Jacobs. The recipe has been in our family since the 1840’s. It is served as the main course of the meal. Note that fully ripened tomatoes are used.

6 bacon strips, or 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 fully ripened tomatoes
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 ½ to 2 cups milk

Fry the bacon, then remove it from the pan and set it aside. (If you’re using vegetable oil, omit the bacon and heat the oil now)

Slice the tomatoes thick and dredge each slice in salted flour.

Fry each slice in the fat or oil into the flour is nicely browned. The slices will break up somewhat, and small bits of tomatoes and flour will collect in the pan.

Place the fried slices in a serving bowl, straining the fat and juice from the bowl back into the pan. When all the tomatoes are fried and in the serving bowl, add flour to the hot pan, stirring constantly to blend the flour with the fat, juice, and residual bits of tomatoes. Then, still stirring, gradually add milk to make a thick (but not stiff) gravy. Pour the gravy over the tomatoes in the serving bowl. If you’re using bacon, pile the crisp bacon on the top.

 This recipe serves 2 people.

Submitted by Jane Henderson



Tributes: George McGovern

Senator George McGovern remained true to his liberal Democratic roots, nurtured in South Dakota, throughout his long life.  He just died at the age of 90 in South Dakota, near where he’d spent his formative years.  He won the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972 as an opponent of the Vietnam War.  Though he lost to Richard Nixon, he continued to uphold progressive causes – and opposed with equal vehemence the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.  He spoke to Leonard Lopate several times and you can hear his conversations with Leonard from 1996 and 2005.

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