The Promised Land: Work in Progress
Host Majora Carter looked back at the work of the Pullman Porters, a groundbreaking group of African-American men whose efforts during the heyday of train travel led to the organization of the first black labor union in the U.S. Majora's own father was a member of this trailblazing brotherhood. She had a White House chat with Van Jones, special advisor on green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Before being tapped by President Obama, Jones worked to create green jobs in impoverished areas. Majora took listeners to the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, where Added Value, a nonprofit organization, is nurturing a new generation of young leaders through an urban farm where teens learn something about growing food - and learn a lot about themselves in the bargain. And in Hollywood, amid the glam and glitter, there is an increasingly green way of working. Location manager Mike Fantasia, whose credits include Seabiscuit and the latest Indiana Jones film, took listeners behind the scenes and reveals how he is implementing greener production practices. The show was produced by Mary Beth Kirchner with Emily Botein and Joel Rose. The executive producer was Marge Ostroushko. The host of The Promised Land was Majora Carter, environmentalist, humanitarian, MacArthur "genius," and founder of Sustainable South Bronx.