March 25th Show
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On today's show:
Gardening with the Unruly Gardener
Dr. Neal Barnard and his book The Cheese Trap.
Nicholas Reynolds, author of Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy; Earnest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961.
Today, March 25th in History
708 Constantine begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
1634 Lord Baltimore founds the Catholic colony of Maryland.
1655 Puritans jail Governor Stone after a military victory over Catholic forces in the colony of Maryland.
1668 The first horse race in America takes place.
1807 British Parliament abolishes the slave trade.
1777 - State of Vermont, an independent Republic after the American Revolution, becomes first sovereign state to abolish slavery.
1780s - Trans-Atlantic slave trade reaches peak.
United States passes legislation banning the slave trade, effective from start of 1808.
1888 - Brazil abolishes slavery- the last…
1954 RCA manufactures its first color TV set and begins mass production.
1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage a bed-in for peace in Amsterdam.
1970 The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight.
1867 Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore.
1908 David Lean, British film director (Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia).
1942 Aretha Franklin, American singer, the “Queen of Soul.”
The Unruly Gardener
The Unruly Gardener is a Florida native, organic gardener, permaculturist, seed saver, and self-sufficiency enthusiast. She cultivates edible and medicinal plants, and raises chickens, rabbits, worms, and bees in Southwest Florida.
Millisa A. Bell aka, the Unruly Gardener
"I believe one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and our communities is an understanding of how to grow and cultivate a portion our own food supply, as well as to know and support those around you who do. With this knowledge follows an empowering reduction in fear for our local food security and safety. And, as an added bonus, we become more sustainable and resilient. A healthy economy can and should be built around a rich and diverse local food culture. Neighboring food systems steeped in methods which enrich and sustain our environment, benefit everyone and reach across the curious case of the class divide. Everyone is capable of growing something, whether you live in an apartment or a house. The Unruly Gardener was created to support you in this effort." - Millisa Bell
The Cheese Trap
Special Guest, Dr. Neal Barnard
President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, Physician In Supersize me, Fellow of American Academy of Cardiologists. Author of today's topic
The Cheese Trap
Dr. Neal Barnard, joined us to discuss his facinating new findings on our love affair with cheese, and why it may not be so loving after all.
Cheese—a beige, high-fat, high-cholesterol, and high-sodium topping—is nearly everywhere, from K-12 school lunch rooms to elegant dinner parties. It even has its own aisle at the grocery store. Could steering clear from this product, one that’s a linchpin in the standard American diet, be the catalyst to weight loss, optimal health, and disease prevention? One doctor says so.
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., has published more than 70 clinical research studies and dietary reviews. He’s influenced our nation’s dietary guidelines, in a good way, and it’s his research that fueled Beyoncé’s foray into plant-based nutrition—along with many others, including Oprah.
He is filming his fourth PBS special about diet and health, teaches nutrition and preventive medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and in his 17th book, following two New York Times bestsellers, he has a message about cheese: We shouldn’t eat it.
Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy;
Earnest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures
Besides a lifetime full of literary success, there are claims that one of America's greatest writers - ERNEST HEMINGWAY - was a spy during World War II !! Now author NICHOLAS REYNOLDS explores this in his deeply researched and fascinating new book: "WRITER, SAILOR, SOLIDER, SPY: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures" - which includes 32 rare black & white photos.
While he was the historian at the CIA Museum, NICHOLAS REYNOLDS, a longtime CIA officer, former Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to discover tantalizing clues that suggested Ernest Hemingway's involvement in World War II-era intelligence work was much more complex and fraught with risks than has been previously understood.
Reynolds new book: WRITER, SAILOR, SOLIDER, SPY: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 (William Morrow) brings to light for the first time the whole story of this secret side of Hemingway's life: his recruitment by Soviet spies in the NKVD, the forerunner to the KGB, followed by relationships with the US Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the American OSS, a precursor to the CIA—to say nothing of his long-running conflict with the FBI.
Starting with the Spanish Civil War, Reynolds finds a coherent thread in Hemingway's fascination with the secret world of Intelligence, from his passionate commitment to the Spanish Republic, to his recruitment by the Soviets, who valued Hemingway’s journalistic skills and access to sources to his wartime exploits on the battlefield.
Reynolds explores Hemingway’s participation through his various roles as an agent for the US Government, to include hunting submarines off Cuba and his key role in gaining tactical intelligence for the Allies during the liberation of Paris, and finally to his undercover involvement in Cuban politics and sympathy for Castro.
As he examines the links between his work as a spy and as an author, Reynolds reveals how Hemingway's secret adventures affected his approach to literature and contributed to the writer's block and mental decline (including paranoia) that plagued him during the post war years—a period marked by the Red Scare and McCarthy hearings, which destroyed the lives of anyone with Soviet connections.
Reynolds also illuminates how those same experiences played a role in one of Hemingway's greatest works, The Old Man and the Sea, the final novel published during his lifetime, and contributed to the burden that he carried at the end of his life.
A unique portrait as fast-paced and exciting as the best espionage thrillers, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLIDER, SPY illuminates a hidden side of a revered artist and is a thrilling addition to the annals of World War II.
NICHOLAS REYNOLDS has worked in the fields of modern military history and intelligence off and on for 40 years, with some unusual detours. Freshly minted PhD from Oxford University in hand, he joined the Marine Corps in the 1970s, serving as an infantry officer and then as an historian. As a colonel in the reserves, he eventually became officer in charge of field history, deploying historians around the world to capture history as it was being made. When not on duty with USMC, he served as a CIA officer, most recently as the historian for the CIA Museum.