William Kamkwamba: the boy who harnessed the wind

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We talk with William Kamkwamba, author of the bestselling autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; about his inspiring story of growing up in the midst of famine and political oppression in his homeland of Malawi, Africa, and how his self-taught passion for science led him to build a working windmill out of junkyard parts in order to bring power and water to his impoverished village.Also on the program:Edgar Elementary School history teacher Colin Hansen, who is bringing Kamkwamba to central Wisconsin;and Romey Wagner, Wausau alderman and manager of the Wausau Entrepreneurial and Education Center, who has spent much of the last decade working with the Masai tribe of Kenya building generator and windmill powered wells in the African backcountry.