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51% #1583: Sustainable Food Advocate Alice Waters

Alice Waters

On this week’s 51%, it’s that time of year... when people are talking about food more than usual. Alice Waters has been talking about food for decades. And a jazz and blues singer has another specialty.

Alice Waters is a chef, author, food activist and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for more than four decades. In 1995, she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. She has been vice president of Slow Food International since 2002. Her honors are many. In 2015 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama, proving that eating is a political act, and that the table is a powerful means to social justice and positive change. Dr. Sharon Ufberg recently caught up with Waters for 51%’s “Force of Nature." Ufberg begins by asking Waters how her food movement began.

Dr. Sharon Ufberg is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom, in California. 

Now we turn to “Stories from Deep in the Heart” from a Texas Folklife 2019 institute where this year’s theme was “women in the Austin Music Scene.” This story is about musician Connie Jo Kirk, who uses food to share her legacy and love.

If I say the word “drumstick’ with all the food stories, you’re probably going to think of it as something edible; but, we’ll take a spin on that word and find it means something else to this certain bird. BirdNote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their boards of directors faces a second legal challenge. The law requires publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their boards by year’s end. By 2021, boards with five members must have two women. Those with six directors must have three. The Pacific Legal Foundation provided The Associated Press with the lawsuit it filed in federal court November 13. The libertarian group says the law violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. It wants to block the law in California and other states. Similar proposals had been introduced in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington state. Another conservative group sued in August, saying spending taxpayer money to enforce the law would violate the California Constitution. 

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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