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September 14, 2019
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Seed Stories

corn snot in action

Seth Jovaag (TTBOOK)

Once, when my son was about 10, he asked me what I was reading. I told him I was reading a book about the history of almonds, for work. This delighted him to no end. Now the running joke in our house is that I do the “history of almonds radio show.” Recently I got involved in another “history of almonds” type subject at work. This time, seeds.

Seeds, dear reader, are fascinating. And here are some of the things I learned while producing this week’s show:

— Charles

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The Seeds Of Tomorrow: Defending Indigenous Mexican Corn That Could Be Our Future

Aerial roots.
There is an unusual, giant corn in southern Mexico that gets its own nitrogen from the air — no manufacturing required.
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Ancient Grains, Native Corn, And The Doomsday Seed Vault: How Growing Food Might Survive Disaster

Clockwise: Wheat in a field, flint corn, kamut grains, and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
Most of us get our food from the grocery store, not the fields where it grows. But if you really want to understand where our food comes from — and the potential threats to the food supply — you have to think about seeds.
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Loops, Dance-Offs and Ojibwe Verse: Native Creators Remix Old And New

Paul Wendell Jr.
Rapper Tall Paul uses hip-hop to reclaim his Native language—and he's not the only musician remixing Native culture.
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The Unheard Stories of the 'Urban Indian'

A powwow in 2015 at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
Tommy Orange's debut novel “There There” was one of the big breakout books of 2018. He told Steve that with his novel, he hoped to better represent modern Native Americans that have grown up living in cities.
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