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Lyle Estill is a writer, environmentalist, and entrepreneur who thinks way beyond the bottom line. He has founded companies, grown enterprises, and traveled successfully through the business world for several decades -- primarily in alternative energy. Download.
Music: "Alone Together," by Robert Minden Ensemble.
When he was young, Godi had a dream that he would leave his small village far behind, but come back to help. Now he's living that dream by directing projects in the Congo aimed at forest and water conservation, as well as supporting ancestral land rights — while raising money and awareness in the U.S. Download.
Godi's site: http://www.gcearth.org/
Is "pussy" a bad word? Can marriage survive infidelity? Are middle-class white Americans disgusting? Download.
Music: "The Pretender," by Jackson Browne; "Wish I Knew You," by The Revivalists; "Lost in the Light," by Bahamas.
Michael Wood was on the "other side" of the drug war when he realized that it was a colossal waste of money, effort, and time. Rather than just ride it out to retirement, he walked away and became a passionate advocate of reform in how the United States handles criminal justice. Download.
Music: "Way Down in the Hole," (Tom Waits). Performed by Domaje and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Kabui was born and raised in Kenya. He came to the US to study, and has been based in North Carolina ever since. He's a medical anthropologist, chef, and food activist working to bring the wisdom of an African village into contemporary American dialogue. Download.
Music: "The Maker," by Daniel Lanois