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Midmorning: Food prices and museum attractions

Posted at 7:38 AM on June 28, 2007 by Bill Wareham

At 9 a.m., Midmorning looks at the reasons why we're paying more at the grocery store.
Marianne Combs' guests are Michael Swanson, agricultural economist with Wells Fargo; and Brian Halweil, senior researcher for Worldwatch Institute and author of Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket.

At 10 a.m., Marianne looks at what museums are doing to attract visitors. With schools out, art museums compete with lots of other entertainment options for visitors. Some use a version of the movie summer blockbuster to lure patrons, but is that in the best interest of the museum? Her guests are David Carrier, Champney Family professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Institute of Art. His book is Museum Skepticism: A History of the Display of Art in Public Galleries; and Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell, art history professor at St. Thomas University; and Diane Mullin, associate curator, Weisman Museum of Art.