Michael Pollan's National Food Fight
As Americans gather to give thanks this week, food - quality, quantity, cost - remains a national issue. Bill Moyers Journal takes a hard look at how America's food policies - trade rules, farm subsidies, and regulation - affect larger issues including global warming, healthcare, and even homeland security. Bill Moyers sits down with Michael Pollan, Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley, to discuss what direction the U.S. should pursue in the often-overlooked question of food policy.
Tutorial Letter (1 of 2): Workbook
In this module we will introduce you to concepts such as food security, food insecurity, nutrition security, livelihood security, food policies and programmes and the role of stakeholders and facilitators. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to gather information on many different levels, from the macro to the micro level. You will also, in time, become equipped to analyse community and household needs, understand the implications of policies and strategies for communities and househ
Roosevelt Corollary To the Monroe Doctrine
This video is accompanied by text. "Around the turn of the twentieth century, Latin American nations began defaulting on massive loans from European powers such as Germany and England. Many of these “Banana Republics,” including Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, had borrowed heavily and had no way or intention of repaying their debts. This issue came to the forefront in 1903, when German warships sank two Venezuelan vessels and bombarded a Venezuelan town. Their intention was to intimida
Mary Robinson: Human rights are good for business
Mary Robinson remains an uncompromising voice for human rights. The former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights asserted the central importance of human rights in achieving a more just and sustainable future at the Net Impact conference here on sustainable prosperity, and explored with some 400 participants how they can help remind the world that human rights belong to all people and are their shared responsibility.
“That future can only come about throu
"Media and the Making of the Modern State"
Lecture by Don Wycliff, Chicago Tribune Public Editor; from the 2005 University of Chicago Summer Institute for Educators.
“The Heuristic Potential of the Dream Register of Tipu Sultan of Mysore (r.1782-99)”
A talk by Kate Brittlebank, Senior Lecturer, School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania. From the South Asia Seminar.
Electric Literature Founders Andy Hunger and Scott Lindenbaum: 'Agitating' for Fiction
Plenty of people in the publishing world fear that new media and the Internet will kill interest in reading literary fiction. Andy Hunter and Scott Lindenbaum, however, think of Twitter, YouTube and the iPad as opportunities to introduce new audiences to the art of the short story -- and to tell stories in unique ways. They are the founders of Electric Literature, a quarterly literary magazine that publishes using a print-on-demand model and enhances its stories through collaborations between au
The Butterfly Colors Song
This song is designed to teach the colors: red, green, yellow, blue, pink, purple, and orange. The color words are also printed on the screen. Run time 02:27.
On the loss of legitimacy and contagion of scandals
How do consumers react when the ‘bad apple’ is a scandal-ridden financial company? How much do sales suffer as a result of its wrongdoing? What are the effects on sales of other similar companies such as pension providers, fund managers, and insurers?
Exploring the migration of patient classification systems worldwide
It has been called the most significant innovation in US medical financing since the Second World War. Introduced in 1983, the Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) system for classifying patients gave healthcare providers and payers a tool to manage patient care and slow the rising cost of health care. Since then, DRGs, or patient classification systems (PCSs) as they are known outside the US, have caught the attention of health care policymakers around the world.
The profits of compassion
Does it make sense for a social entrepreneur to be as concerned with making money as with improving society or the environment? Similarly, can a commercial entrepreneur be as concerned with improving society or the environment as with making money?
"Labor Rights: The Case of Ciudad Juarez" (video)
A talk by Bertha Lujan, Secretaria del Trabajo, Gobierno "Legitimo" de México (de Andrés Manuel López Obrador), former Controlora, Cd. de México (2000-2006), and lead organizer of Frente Auténtico del Trabajo. From the Human Rights in Mexico Series. Sponsored by the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, th
Genocide Conference Panel 3: “Confronting Darfur" (video)
This panel addressed the conflict in the Darfur region of The Sudan and the allegations of genocide; the adequacy of the international response to the crises and proffer solutions to end the conflict. Vincent O. Nmehielle, Principal Defender of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Associate Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
"Pens and Swords: How the American Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" (video)
A talk by Marda Dunsky, former Arab affairs reporter for the Jerusalem Post and editor on the national/foreign desk of the Chicago Tribune. As world attention is renewed and refocused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the sixtieth anniversary of its seminal year of 1948, Marda Dunsky takes a close look at how more than two dozen major American print and broadcast outlets have reported the conflict i
"Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War" (video)
In his book "Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War", Jimmie Briggs book provides a vitally important perspective on the global tragedy of child soldiers. More than 250,000 children have fought in three dozen conflicts around the world. From the "little bees"" of Colombia to the "baby brigades" of Sri Lanka, the subject of child soldiers is changing the face of terrorism. Briggs was awarded the Jo
"Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror" (video)
"Our government can make you disappear." Those were the words Steven Wax never imagined he would hear himself say. In his twenty-nine years as a public defender, Wax had never had to warn a client that he or she might be taken away to a military brig, or worse, a "black site", one of our country's dreaded secret prisons. How had our country come to this? The disappearance of people happens in places ruled by t
"The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power" (video)
Writer, film-maker, and leading figure of the international left Tariq Ali speaks about Pakistan, Afghanistan and the future of U.S. involvement in the region. Ali's new book, "The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power", weighs the prospects of those contending for power in the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto's assassination, and demonstrates Pakistan
“Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty” (video)
A talk by journalist and author Roger Thurow. For more than thirty years, humankind has known how to grow enough food to end chronic hunger worldwide. Yet while the "Green Revolution" succeeded in South America and Asia, it never got to Africa. Now, an impending global food crisis threatens to make things worse. In the west we think of famine as
How to Make a Compost Worm Bin for under $5
Compost, the ultimate recycling, is creating one of the worlds best fertilizers with your leftovers. You will be able to raise worms, keep your kitchen scraps and junk mail out of the landfill, and create rich compost for you plants. This video gives step-by-step instructions for setting up a basic Rubbermaid worm bin. The video also briefly addresses the importance of compost. Run time 05:30
FEED the worms small pieces of fruits, veggies, coffee grinds, paper, c
Wet dog shake
Find out how furry animals are the masters of the spin-dry. Read the full story here: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2010/11/fluid-nature-from-wet-dogs-to-washing-machines.html See what the world might look like with a new bionic eye: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2010/11/see-the-world-through-a-bionic-eye.htm