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  2. About 40 years ago, farms were thick on the ground in Andover, a rural town in southern Vermont. Today, 75-year-old Lydia Ratcliff's Lovejoy Brook Farm is the last working farm still in operation. But can it survive much longer? ThoughtCast's Jenny Attiyeh grew up visiting Lydia each summer, listening to her tales, eating fresh corn and carrots from her garden, and watching the animals give birth, and grow old. On her last visit to see Lydia, Jenny brought along her microphone...

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  3. Henry David Thoreau is justly famous for his book "Walden," which tells the story of the two years he spent living by the pond, in the Concord woods. But he also wrote a journal, which he started at age 20 in 1837, and kept up until 1861, shortly before he died. This diary of Thoreau's daily thoughts and experiences has just been published by New York Review Books Classics, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this autumn.
    Edwin Frank, the editor of the series, speaks with ThoughtCast at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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