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Today on Your Call: What does life in the Central Valley reveal about our food system?

  On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with Ken and Melanie Light. They spent five years documenting the Central Valley through photographs and essays for their book, "Valley of Shadows and Dreams." They met people struggling with foreclosures, environmental pollution, water scarcity, immigration, extreme weather, and an ever-widening wage gap.  How do we move towards social, economic, and environmental justice for our nation’s bread basket?  It’s Your Call, with Holly Kernan and you.


Ken Light, freelance documentary photographer and professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley; co-creator of the book, Valley of Shadows and Dreams

Melanie Light, photography writer and founding executive director of Fotovision; co-creator of the book, Valley of Shadows and Dreams  

Paul Towers, director of organizing and media at Pesticide Action Network of North America 


A conversation with Ken and Melanie Light

Sunday, February 24th, 2-4pm at ArteAmericas in Fresno, CA

Ken Light Website 

Valley of Shadows and Dreams: A book of Photographs by Ken Light & Text By Melanie Light  (Forward by Thomas Steinbeck)

Oakland Museum of California- Valley of Shadows and Dreams

Center for Race, Poverty, and the Environment

Pesticide Action Network

Other media about Valley of Shadows and Dreams:

California Watch CIR Video

New York Times

Newsweek/The Daily Beast online

Kenneth Baker-SF Chronicle

San Francisco Magazine

Voices/Huffington Post-spanish

San Francisco Chronicle

Photowings.org- Continuing the Documentary Tradition