Work in Progress

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Host Majora Carter takes up the subject of work — work by visionaries whose influence changes lives and transforms communities. Join Majora as she meets the next generation of urban farmers, goes behind the scenes for the greening of Hollywood, talks green jobs with Van Jones, and rides the rails with the Pullman Porters.

Majora Carter and Van jones

Majora and Van Jones, who was tapped by President Obama to become special advisor on green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality

Van Jones Goes to Washington

Before VAN JONES was tapped by President Obama to become special advisor on green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, he was running Green for All — an organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty — and never imagining that national focus on green jobs would happen for decades to come. Jones says, “It was really an ‘out there’ idea. … Yet, a presidential candidate takes an idea, puts it on the world stage, embraces it, puts billions of dollars into it, and we’re off to the races.”

 

A young farmer washes soil off a harvest of turnips to be sold at the farmers’ market a few yards away. Behind him, Ikea.

A young farmer washes soil off a harvest of turnips to be sold at the farmers’ market a few yards away. Behind him, Ikea.

Added Value - from Asphalt to Eggplants

Down near the loading docks in a neglected corner of BROOKLYN, atop 2.75 acres of asphalt, Brooklyn teens working for ADDED VALUE have created something amazing: a fully functioning farm that produces lettuce, collard greens, carrots, cucumbers, turnips, and more, all summer long. What’s more, organizers at this farm have found a way to teach teens leadership, feed needy residents, and cater to upscale restaurants in surrounding neighborhoods. Majora talks to these young farmers about what the experience has taught them about a hard day’s work — and about eating hard-earned produce.

 

Even through minus-15-degree temperatures, 40-mph winds, and 40-plus inches of snow during the shooting of 3:10 to Yuma, location manager Mike Fantasia works to green Hollywood.

Even through minus-15-degree temperatures, 40-mph winds, and 40-plus inches of snow during the shooting of 3:10 to Yuma, location manager Mike Fantasia works to green Hollywood.

Greening the Big Screen

HOLLYWOOD is rolling out the green carpet. But it's not just a glittery special effect on the big screen, it's happening behind the scenes on the studio lot. Location manager Mike Fantasia shows Majora how he's putting greener Hollywood production practices to work.

 

Majora's cousin, Njeri Pollitt, with a former Pullman Porter, 93-year-old Frank Rollins, at National Train Day. 

Majora's cousin, Njeri Pollitt, with a former Pullman Porter, 93-year-old Frank Rollins, at National Train Day.

Trailblazing the Rails

The PULLMAN PORTERS worked the rails during the heyday of train travel. The jobs were not only a source of income, they were a source of pride for the African-American community and led to the formation of the first black labor union in U.S. history. There were also pitfalls for this groundbreaking crew. Majora — whose own father was part of the trailblazing brotherhood — talks to two former Pullman Porters, now in their 90s.

 

 

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Van Jones co-founded Green for All with Majora Carter

Green for All

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Added Value helps teenagers bring leadership and good food to their communities.

Added Value

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The A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum celebrates the legacy of the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters.

A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum