Seeds of Change

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Time magazine reporter Bryan Walsh gives us an update on the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen. Then, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams discusses why the United States has resisted signing the International Mine Ban Treaty. And we learn about a scientist's efforts to preserve the world's wheat harvest with an enormous seed bank. Plus, Sam Stephenson, who discovered Eugene Smith's 4,000 hours of tapes of jazz music, discusses The Jazz Loft Project. And, we discuss the solar system and beyond with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson!

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U.N. Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen

As the UN Climate Change conference enters its second day in Copenhagen, Time staff writer Bryan Walsh describes what we can expect over the next two weeks, what the 15,000 delegates are talking about, and whether yesterday’s announcement that the EPA has determined that greenhouse gasses must be regulated will ...

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International Mine Ban Treaty

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams talks about the Obama Administration's mixed messages on whether the United States will sign the International Mine Ban Treaty, which 156 nations are party to. She’ll also discuss the work of her organization, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

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The Viking in the Wheat Field

Susan Dworkin discusses the work of Danish scientist Bent Skovmand, who amassed, multiplied, and documented thousands of wheat varieties and was instrumental in creating the world’s seed banks. Her book The Viking in the Wheat Field: A Scientist's Struggle to Protect the World's Wheat Harvest examines the often overlooked ...

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The Jazz Loft Project

W. Eugene Smith’s Jazz Loft Project has been legendary in the worlds of art, photography, and music for more than 40 years. Sam Stephenson, writer and instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, tells about his seven-year project to catalog, archive, select, and edit Smith’s ...

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Pluto Was a Planet

Astrophysicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson looks at the fate of Pluto, which was long considered the ninth planet in our solar system until it was demoted to a "dwarf planet" in 2006. In The Pluto Files: The Rise and ...

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