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‘Homeplace Under Fire’

Charlie Thompson

In the 1980s, rising interest rates, decreased farm prices, and misguided federal policies led to a crisis that hit farmers across the nation. Many farmers were either forced to sell their properties or driven to foreclose.

A new documentary commissioned by Farm Aid explores how the 1980s farm crisis affected farm families and sparked networks of farmers helping farmers. Host Frank Stasio speaks with the film’s director Charles D. Thompson Jr., a professor of the practice of cultural anthropology and documentary studies at Duke University. He is also joined by Benny Bunting, a former poultry farmer and RAFI-USA’s Lead Farm Advocate. The film “HomeplaceUnder Fire” premieres Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at the Griffith Film Theatre in the Bryan Center at Duke University.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.