PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, April 16, 2012

A Utopian Dream Falls To Pieces

In the late 1960’s, Melissa Coleman’s parents were caught up in the “back to the land” farming movement pioneered by Helen and Scott Nearing.

They moved to Maine, built a home by hand, grew all of their own food and raised a family. But the work proved to be backbreaking, and as the farm drew the attention of national media, floods of young people came to the farm to be part of the burgeoning movement.

The strains of the growing community and a tragic accident eventually lead to Melissa’s family falling apart. Her memoir “This Life Is In Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family’s Heartbreak,” which has just been released in paperback.

This segment originally broadcast in May, 2011.


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

June 6 Comment

Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.