Friday, March 28, 2014
Ahead of Cesar Chavez Day—a multi-state holiday designed to honor the Chavez's service to the community—Dolores Huerta joins The Takeaway to reflect on the era the work of Chavez and what still needs to be done for farm workers and other laborers in this country.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Factory farms have been blamed for all kinds of problems – from the treatment of the animals they raise and slaughter to the pollution they create to the safety of the meat they produce. But they're also responsible for another problem: The disappearance of small, independent slaughterhouses across the country.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Kurt Timmermeister transitioned from Seattle chef and restaurateur to small-scale farmer. He tells the story of one meal, made using only with ingredients from his Washington State farm. His new book Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal documents the efforts farmers undertake to provide food for our tables.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Also on Today's Show: The political crisis in Ukraine is escalating, with the justice minister threatening a state of a emergency—a move that many on the ground believe will make a bad situation worse...Last week, Alabama declared a state of emergency over propane shortage. But it's not just Alabama—Texas and Ohio have also declared a propane emergency. Today on The Takeaway, the details behind the propane shortage hitting farmers and residential customers all across the country.
Improving the News; "Macbeth"; Bruce McCall on Billionaire Spending; Squirrels in NYC; Factory Farms
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Kennedy School of Government professor Thomas E. Patterson argues that journalists today aren’t providing enough trustworthy and relevant reporting, and he suggests how we can make knowledge-based journalism a reality. Ethan Hawke, Anne-Marie Duff, and director Jack O’Brien talk about the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “Macbeth.” Bruce McCall discusses collaborating with David Letterman on their satirical chronicle of the super-rich. We’ll find out how New York City became infested with gray squirrels. And we’ll look at how animals live—and die—in factory farms across America.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
So far, Congress has only passed 52 new laws this year—the fewest in the post-World War II era—and there are only a handful of days left before the close of this historically ineffective Congressional session. Is it possible to inject some productivity into this Congress as the hours wane? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, checks in to discuss what needs to happen before 2013 comes to a close.
Monday, December 02, 2013
A 2001 study found that one in four tobacco workers suffers from acute nicotine poisoning, or “green tobacco sickness.” Gabriel Thompson looks at this illness and at why children are allowed to work in tobacco fields in this country—these hazards have led countries like Russia and Kazakhstan to ban anyone under 18 from harvesting tobacco, but no such prohibition exists here. Thompson’s article, reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, “Leaves of Poison: Why Are Children Working in Tobacco Fields?” is in the December 2 issue of The Nation. He’ll be joined by Mariya Strauss, who has done extensive reporting on child labor laws in this country.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Howard G. Buffett, his son Howard W. Buffett, and father, the investor Warren Buffett, discuss their philanthropic work and how to bring food security to those around the world who need it. In 2006, when Warren Buffett announced that he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to charity, he posed this question to his son: If you had the resources to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? Howard G. Buffett set out to help the nearly one billion individuals who lack basic food security. His book 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World is about Howard’s journey and the lessons he’s learned in places from his own back yard to some of the most dangerous places on earth.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Quick! Picture a small farm. There might be a big red barn, chickens running in the pasture; maybe even the stereotypical white picket fence. Whatever the particulars, that imaginary small farm is probably pretty low tech. After all, small farms are supposed to be the antidote to “industrial” agriculture, where farmers sow thousands of acres of corn or soybeans from the comfort of air-conditioned tractors.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Liz Neumark discusses founding Katchkie Farm and the Sylvia Center, where children learn firsthand where fresh food comes from—how to grow it, how to harvest it, and how to cook with it. Her new book Sylvia’s Table: Fresh, Seasonal Recipes from Our Farm to Your Table brings these lessons and recipes from the farm to home kitchens. It’s a cookbook for families, featuring recipes from friends like chefs like Michael Romano of Union Square Cafe and Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto; culinary experts including Food & Wine’s Dana Cowin; cookbook authors Giuliano Bugialli, Rozanne Gold, Deborah Madison, and Sara Moulton.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Today’s best-of show on this Labor Day begins with New York Times columnist Gail Collins discusses her take on finding humor in Republicanism, her time on the editorial board, and her approach to opinion writing. Then, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe looks back on his career at the New York Knicks and at some more recent starting line-ups; we hear about the rich history of the intersection of sports and politics; and poet Maya Angelou reflects on her family. Plus: two takes on gender in the workplace: first on overcoming differences, then on women farmers.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Buzzfeed’s Kate Nocera updates us on the latest news on the Affordable Care Act. Then: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer on his campaign to be the next comptroller of New York City. Plus: calls from listeners in long marriages; adapting to the changing workplace; and women farmers are on the rise.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
This interview originally aired live on July 9, 2013. An edited version was re-broadcast as part of a best-of show timed for Labor Day on September 2, 2013.
Journalist Lori Rotenberk talks about the spike in the number of women farmers over the past twenty years, and why so many women are turning their backs on the corporate world and picking up the spade.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Novelist Adam Haslett and John Summers, editior-in-chief of The Baffler, talk about a re-discovered masterpiece of reporting by James Agee and celebrated photographer Walker Evans, Cotton Tenants: Three Families. In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, about three tenant farming families in Hale County, Alabama, at the height of the Great Depression. They originally traveled there on assignment for Fortune magazine in 1936, but a story that was never published. Fifty years after Agee’s death, his report “Cotton Tenants” was discovered. Published for the first time, it includes 30 of Walker Evans’s historic photos.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Fertilizer is crucial for food—plants need it in order to grow and thrive. Harold Van Es, professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University, explains what fertilizer is made of, why it's so important, and how to manage it.
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Friday, April 12, 2013
We’ll find out what it takes to open a restaurant—and keep it open —with chefs Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune, Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster, and Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch, Locanda Verde, and the soon-to-open Lafayette. We’ll look into whether sustainable farming can really meet America’s demand for meat. The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum talks about the rise and evolution of food television. And this week’s Please Explain is all about fertilizer!