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Friday, September 03, 2010

Today's show is an encore of one of our favorites from the summer. We’ll learn how to build a roof farm from two people who've done just that in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Then, James McWilliams  discusses the conflicting and confusing messages about how to eat an ethical diet, from buying local produce to eating farmed fish. Also, David Mitchell, named by Time magazine as one of the most influential novelists in the world, talks about his latest work, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Plus, Please Explain is all about Lyme disease!

Roof Gardens in NYC

We’ll find out how to build a roof farm for growing food and discuss the viability of urban farming as a means of feeding cities. Annie Novak, founder and director of Growing Chefs and co-founder and farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, and Lisa Goode, of Goode Green, a green roof design and installation firm, talk about how Rooftop Farms has built a local community in Greenpoint.

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Just Food

James McWilliams challenges conventional views about what it means to eat ethically, and cuts through myths and misinformation. In Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly, he helps us determine what to eat and how our choices can help save the planet and feed the world.

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David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

David Mitchell talks about his latest book, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a historical novel set in Japan at the turn of the 19th century, when the country was isolated from the West with the exception of a small Dutch outpost called Dejima, in Nagasaki Harbor.


Please Explain: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America, and the number of reported cases has been steadily climbing over the last decade. We’re joined by Brian Fallon, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Carolyn Britton, associate professor of clinical neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, and chief neurologist for the Lyme research studies conducted by Columbia’s Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Research Center. They’ll discuss how the disease is spread, diagnosed, and treated, and how we can protect ourselves while we’re outside this summer.

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