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Innovations in Sustainability

Sustainability is shaping trends all across the globe, from agriculture and fashion to architecture and gourmet dining. On this episode, we take a look at the tastiest, chicest and coolest innovations in sustainability.

Scientist Jill Farrant is a professor and research chair in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is currently leading the development of drought-tolerant crops. They’re called “resurrection plants” because they can survive droughts and are capable of resurrecting once supplied with water. Further development of these plants can help provide solutions for feeding populations in dry and arid climates around the world.Farrant’s research has received international praise and in 2012, she was a recipient of theL’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.

From Cape Town, Jill Farrant joins May Lee in the Los Angeles studio to tell us more about the potential impact of her research is Jill Farrant.

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Children Changing The World (Leroy Mwasaru)

As the famous song says “Children are our future.” But many of this generation’s youth are now taking the future into their own hands.

This week on "Full Frame," meet young people who are making an impact in their own communities and changing the lives of other children half way across the globe, like Leroy Mwasaru from Nairobi. He joins Mike Walter in the Los Angeles studio to discuss his design for a Human Waste Bioreactor that’s powered by students’ own human waste. It has potential to be a huge economic, political, and environmental game changer.

Connecting The World Through Music (David Foster)

Music is one of the greatest equalizers, bringing together people from all different social and cultural backgrounds for a shared human experience that transcends all boundaries. 

Outwitting Genetics (Marianna Palka)

Illnesses can sometimes run in families. Inherited genetic mutations can increase a person’s risk of developing different diseases – from cancer to mental disorders. But now, relatively new genetic testing is changing the way these illnesses are diagnosed and treated.

Thinking Outside of the Box (Richard Curtis)

It seems solving some of the world’s biggest problems often takes novel or creative ideas so solution seekers who think “outside the box” tend to see big results. 

While some people merely dream of changing the world, for award-winning British filmmaker Richard Curtis, it’s a reality. The man behind such international hits as "Love Actually" and "Bridget Jones’s Diary," is also co-founder of the hugely successful Comic Relief and Red Nose Day fundraising events. In life, and on film, Curtis seems to perfectly capture both humor and humanity.

Unicef (Angelique Kidjo)

UNICEF was created in 1946 by the United Nations General Assembly to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries devastated by World War Two. Since then, the UN program has furnished long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to millions of children and mothers in more than 190 countries.This week on Full Frame, we’ll meet three of UNICEF’s celebrity Goodwill Ambassadors to learn how they’ve used their fame and fortune to advocate on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable citizens.