Kenneth Bowser on Phil Ochs; Joan Dye Gussow on Local Food Systems

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Filmmaker Kenneth Bowser talks about his new documentary film There But For Fortune, a tribute to American protest singer/songwriter, Phil Ochs.

Kenneth Bowser is a director of documentaries, feature films and episodic television and specializes in crafting stories about American culture. He is the writer, producer and director of NBC’s Emmy nominated network special, Live From New York, The First Five Years of Saturday Night Live, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of SNL. He continues to work on SNL network specials and his next project is a feature based on Peter Biskind’s bestselling book Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film.

Phil Ochs was one of the most important artists of the folk movement of the 1960s and yet most people have never heard of him.

Ochs grew up in Columbus and was a journalism student at Ohio State, where he formed his first musical group, The Sundowners. He wrote for The Lantern and when they wouldn’t publish his more controversial articles, he started his own campus paper, The Word.

Hear how the songs of Phil Ochs still inspire, with local “Spirit of the 1960s Coffeehouse” performer and radio journalist Bill Cohen.

In addition to performing and studying folkmusic of the 1960s (and taking part in the protest of that era), Bill Cohen is an award winning reporter for Ohio’s public radio and TV stations.  He’s covered hundreds of public policy issues over the last forty years.

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Starting at 35:00, Ann Fisher talks with author, gardener, and Columbia University Nutrition Professor Emerita Joan Dye Gussow about why the U.S. should move toward a local, organic, whole food system and her latest book Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables.

Gussow is the keynote speaker at the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference this weekend.

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