The Promised Land - Food for Thought

Think Like a Bee Dr. Marla Spivak
Think Like a Bee Dr. Marla Spivak

From turkey and stuffing to figgy pudding, latkes to black-eyed peas, the holiday season seems to revolve around food. And this fall The Promised Land — public radio's Peabody Award-winning series about vision and leadership — takes an unexpected tack on the subject.

With the ever-dynamic and much-acclaimed host Majora Carter, listeners visit interesting places and meet fascinating people who are approaching the matter of food in innovative ways: how it nourishes, how it creates communities and affects change, and how modern-day challenges influence today's food systems.

After a successful five-show run last spring, The Promised Land follows up with two one-hour specials for broadcast during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Four short original food-themed podcasts will also be available.

Smart, compelling, and powerful, The Promised Land is produced by Launch Productions, Minneapolis, with major production support from American Public Media. It is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

When you sit down at your holiday table, thank a bee. A third of the food on your plate is made possible by these pollinators, whose numbers are being decimated by disease and colony collapse disorder. But the bees have a champion in Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota researcher and MacArthur "Genius" who thinks like a bee. Her intuitive approach — combined with scientific method — has given the world tremendous insight into these fascinating insects. Marla will show host Majora Carter (no newbie herself — Majora is an urban beekeeper) the secrets she's beginning to uncover about the lives of bees. Marla's work explores how bees can help themselves become more resistant to modern-day threats — and how bees can help us humans to be more resilient and to build healthier communities.

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