November 20th, 2009
Well, it’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is less than a week away and although it can be a time of stress, travel, and visiting relatives we might rather forget we’re related to, it’s also a time to eat, a time to give and share with the people we love, and a time to remember everything we have to be thankful for. That’s why this week on Business Matters, we’ll be talking about the business of food; the economy of giving; and the value of gratitude.
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Sharon Astyk, Author
Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher and subsistence farmer, and the author of two books on Peak Oil and Climate Change — Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front and A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil , the latter co-authored with Aaron Newton. Sharon used to run a small, Jewish themed CSA, but is now concentrating on subsistence agriculture, growing food to share and teaching others to grow food.
Jonathan Safron Foer, Author
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His newest book about not eating meat is called Eating Animals. His work has received numerous awards and been translated into thirty-six languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lewis Hyde, Author and Scholar, on Giving
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of artistic practice. Hyde is currently at work on a book about our “cultural commons,” that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to produce. Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. During the rest of the year he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Craig Cuccia, Founder of Cafe Reconcile In New Orleans
Craig Cuccia is the co-founder and executive director of Café Reconcile, a restaurant that provides on-the-job training in the service industry for inner city teens in New Orleans.
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