Thursday, December 18, 2008

This Week On Smart City: The History Of Food And The Future Of Education

We're going bi-coastal on the show today with stories about education and eating. First from New York: What would it take to change the lives of poor children? Not one by one, but in big numbers, and in a big way. That's the question that led Geoffrey Canada to create the Harlem Children's Zone, a place to test new and controversial ideas about poverty and education. We'll speak with author and journalist Paul Tough about his experience writing his book about the Harlem Children's Zone, and the future of this innovative experiment.

Plus we'll have a special presentation from our friends at Next American City. As part of their Urban Nexus series, they've brought in Mark Vallianatos of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute to tell us about the transformation of Los Angeles from an agricultural hub to a sprawling metropolis, and how it might regain it's agrarian heritage.

Smart City is a syndicated, weekly hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life: the people, places, ideas and trends that affect us all. Host Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, talks with national and international public policy experts, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others on the pulse of city life for a penetrating discussion on urban issues.

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