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'King Corn' on television

(article, Kim Carlson)

If you missed the fun we had a couple of months ago with "King Corn" and the blog posts of co-producer and star Curt Ellis, now's a good time to check them out (the first posts appear at the bottom; read bottom to top to get the full effect of the "corn challenge"). 

Beginning April 15, PBS will show "King Corn" as part of its Independent Lens series; check local listings for times.

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"King Corn" is a movie about corn and its prevalence in our national diet. But it's also the story of two recent college graduates who decide to grow an acre of corn just to see how it goes — and where it goes (the corn, that is). The result is a documentary that's informative while being respectful of different viewpoints — without selling the farm. Actually, there is a farm that's sold, but, well . . . you'll just have to see it for yourself.

We're giving away three DVDs of "King Corn" this weekend. To win, place a comment on this post answering the corn trivia question below (thanks, Curt!). The nice thing is, you don't even have to be right to win (we'll do a random drawing). On Tuesday, April 8, at noon PST, we'll put up the correct answer, and also announce the winners of the DVDs. Here's the question:

"In what year did Americans first grow enough corn to have a surplus for export?"_

If you don't currently subscribe to the Culinate weekly e-newsletter, you can double your chances to win the DVD by subscribing between Friday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 8, at noon.

Good luck!

The winners have been drawn, and congratulations to Keith, Lily, and Judy as drawing winners. Plus a special copy and gift to Erica who was closest to the correct trivia answer of 1631...she was only 20 years off the mark.

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