The Promised Land

Series produced by American Public Media

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Vision and leadership — these two elements are at the heart of the new public radio series The Promised Land. Our host, the dynamic Majora Carter, introduces us to today's visionaries—the passionate men, women, and young adults who see potential in unlikely places. These leaders are literally changing their worlds with innovative thinking and tireless effort.

Majora has an uncanny ability to take public radio audiences into uncharted territory — diving deep into issues of inequality, in any form — through her intimate conversations with extraordinary leaders who are working toward economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

In each one-hour program, Majora talks with these leaders about their ideas and inspirations, as well as their own fears and struggles. She goes on location into their communities and workplaces first-hand. Listeners travel along with Majora as she creates vivid portraits and challenging exchanges that go beyond journalistic inquiry, bringing the diversity of sound and place to life.

Smart, compelling and powerful, The Promised Land delivers these stories with an energy and sense of adventure that draws listeners in and brings them back to hear more.


12 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Marla Spivak, Bee Researcher and MacArthur "Genius"
When you sit down at your holiday table, thank a bee. A third of the food on your plate is made possible by these pollinators, whose numbers are be...

Bought by KUER, KPIP-LP, KCMJ Community Radio, WLPR, KEDM and more


  • Added: Nov 15, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Cheryl Rogowski, Farmer and MacArthur "Genius"
Where does our food come from? Since we pay close attention to so many aspects of food in the holiday season, host Majora Carter visits Cheryl Rogo...

Bought by KPIP-LP, KCMJ Community Radio, KVMR, KEDM, WZEN.org and more


  • Added: Nov 16, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Before Katrina, Sharon Hanshaw owned a beauty salon and lived in a house on a tree-lined street. All that all changed when the hurricane hit Biloxi...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WCAI / WNAN, New Hampshire Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, KOSU and more


  • Added: Apr 26, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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New Orleans East is home to the most-dense ethnically Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. In the Gulf region, about 80 percent of Vietnamese ...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WCAI / WNAN, KGNU, Vermont Public Radio, WTIP and more


  • Added: Apr 19, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Chemist Wilma Subra has spent her career defending local communities against Louisiana’s powerful oil and gas industry. Since the Deepwater Horizon...

Bought by KPIP-LP, KCMJ Community Radio, Vermont Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Apr 12, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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For Nat Turner, garden rakes and shovels are tools for transformation. He's transformed an old store in New Orlean's Lower Ninth Ward into an urba...

Bought by KOSU, KCMJ Community Radio, KWMR, WCAI / WNAN, New Hampshire Public Radio and more


  • Added: Apr 05, 2011
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
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Dr. Kyshun Webster is a man who gets things done. And before that, he was a kid who got things done. Now the founder and executive director of Oper...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WCAI / WNAN, Vermont Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, WFIU and more


  • Added: Apr 01, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Winona LaDuke has spent decades working on issues of renewable energy, health, and environmental justice on northern Minnesota's White Earth Reserv...

Bought by KVNF, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, KZYX, KPIP-LP, KCMJ Community Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 09, 2010
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 19
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John Francis spent two decades walking across North and South America, spreading a silent message of respect for the earth. He takes host Majora Ca...

Bought by KPIP-LP, KCMJ Community Radio, KWMR, WCAI / WNAN, Vermont Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 28, 2010
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
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Brenda Palms Barber is driven by a certainty that "people deserve second chances and you can choose to turn your life around." Brenda started a tra...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WCAI / WNAN, Vermont Public Radio, WRVO Public Media, The Public's Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 25, 2010
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
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If Frank and Audrey Peterman have their way, many more of their fellow black Americans will visit our national parks. They take host Majora Carter ...

Bought by KUER, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WABE, KUAF Public Radio, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle and more


  • Added: Sep 24, 2010
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 22
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Pioneering researcher and "queen of the forest canopy" Nalini Nadkarni, shows host Majora Carter the wonders of the Olympic rain forest — from the ...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WZEN.org, WCAI / WNAN, Vermont Public Radio, WGBH Radio Boston and more


  • Added: Sep 24, 2010
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11