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Plant and Planet-Centered Eating, Celebrating the "Seven Sisters" and more

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Broadcast: November 20, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

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Thanksgiving Special 2022

As Americans gather to give thanks over a feast, a look at how embracing the plant world in our diets connects to climate, health, and democracy.

Segments in this program include:

PLANT AND PLANET-CENTERED EATING: Our global food system feeds environmental crises like global warming and water pollution even as it fails to adequately feed billions of people worldwide. So in the 50th anniversary edition of “Diet for a Small Planet,” author Frances Moore Lappé renews her calls for a plant- and planet-centered food revolution. As Americans gather to give thanks over a feast, Ms. Lappé joins Host Steve Curwood to discuss how embracing the plant world in our diets connects to climate, health, and democracy.

VEGAN GENERATION GAP: Traditional family recipes can go back through the generations, and that can present challenges when members of the newest generation go vegan. Ratatouille can be one answer, as Living on Earth’s Paloma Beltran tells us.

CELEBRATING THE “SEVEN SISTERS” NATIVE CROPS: In some Native cultures four more crops join the “Three Sisters” of corn, beans, and squash. Host Bobby Bascomb talks with Amyrose Foll, the founder of the Virginia Free Farm and member of the Abenaki tribe, about the Native American tradition of the Seven Sisters crops and the importance of saving Native seeds.

THE SEASON FOR SUNCHOKES: Hosts Steve Curwood and Bobby Bascomb meet up in Bobby’s garden to harvest sunchokes, one of the foods that make up the "Seven Sisters" of Abenaki traditional agriculture. Then, the two discuss some recipes that use the tasty tubers, and roast a few to make some sunchoke chips.

THE REIGN OF WOLF 21: Wolf expert Rick McIntyre’s 2020 book "The Reign of Wolf 21" is the true love story of an alpha pair who lead their Yellowstone pack with grace, courage, and an unbreakable bond. Living on Earth’s Jenni Doering has the story of these remarkable wolves’ lives and what they can teach us about love, loyalty, and leadership.