The Sum of Us
E5 | Lewiston, ME: A New Crop
Third generation dairy farmer Charlie Hilliard spent his life working the land that had been in his family since the 1930s. But with retirement looming, it seemed impossible to find a buyer who would be willing to preserve the land that he grew up with. Then he met Muhidin Libah, a refugee from the local Somali Bantu community, who, along with nearly 200 Somali farmers and supportive Mainers, are betting it all on a new model for the future of local farming.
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Host and Creator: Heather McGhee
Original Music and Theme Song by: Thee Sacred Souls
Producers: Cassim Shepard, Ryan Kailath, Emilce Quiroz, Joaquin Cotler and Juan Diego Ramirez, with help from Liliana Ruiz, Sophia Lo, Susanna Kemp and Alissa Vladimir
Senior Producers: Nicole Rothwell, Jeanne Montalvo, and Fernanda Echavarri
Editors: Sandy Rattley and Maria Garcia
Mix Engineers: Stephanie Lebow and Julia Caruso
Researchers: Lynn Kanter and Carolyn Lipka
Executive Producer for Futuro Studios: Marlon Bishop
Executive producers for Higher Ground: Mukta Mohan, Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, and Janae Marable
Editorial assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
Executive producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara and Corinne Gilliard
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