Two roads diverge in the U.S. beef industry. Americans are buying more alternatively raised meat — organic, natural, grass-fed and the like – but most large-scale cattle producers in the Midwest are not cashing in on the trend.
19-year-old Derrik Sweeney is relieved to be home in Jefferson City after being detained for a week in a Cairo holding cell. Sweeney, along with three other Americans, was arrested for allegedly throwing fire bombs at police during a protest in Tahrir Square. Sweeney said they were threatened violently and beaten by Egyptian authorities.
However, Sweeney is now back safely in Jefferson City and spent Sunday night celebrating Thanksgiving with his family.
"Just being at home and seeing familiar things – and of course my family – it’s an overwhelming peace," he said.
This week we talk about music. New music to be exact. And if you think new music means recently released albums, keep listening as we revisit a conversation I had with Patrick David Clark, who was a resident composer at the Mizzou New Music Festival this summer. And hang on till the end of the show for a Sonic ID from one of Columbia’s more memorable citizens.
At a grocery store in Ames, Iowa, Lavern Ackerman peered at a package of ground beef. He was mostly interested in the percent leanness, but he took a stab at deciphering what the big "Natural" sticker on the package meant.
"I thought it was that they just grass-raised them," Ackerman said.