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Monday, February 21, 2011

Genetically modified foods are hitting the market, but you might not know it if you see it. Food policy activist Michael Pollan explains recent government approval of certain modified foods and questions why those foods still don’t require a GMO label on the package. Plus: Slate’s chief political columnist, John Dickerson, talks about the Obama Administration’s week ahead; New York Times reporter Anemona Hartocollis reviews the 49 suggested cost-saving measures for New York State’s Medicaid spending; and the controversy over nannies working shifts at the Park Slope Food Co-Op.

This Week: Budget Battles from Washington to Wisconsin

John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate, talks about budget battles in Washington, Wisconsin, and around the country.

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Medicaid Redesign

Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times reporter, reviews the 49 cost saving measures the New York Health Department is submitting to Gov. Cuomo's Medicaid redesign team.

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Ethics at the Food Co-op

Randy Cohen, the "The Ethicist" columnist for The New York Times Magazine, weighs in on the news that some members of the Park Slope Food Co-op allegedly send their nannies to work their shifts. Sophia Durning, a long-time Park Slope resident, joins the conversation to speak to the ethical dilemma concerning nannies substituting for co-op members.

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Dish on GMOs

Michael Pollan, food activist and author, sheds light on the Dept. of Agriculture's approval of GMO foods and lack of labeling on food themselves 

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Libya Uprising

Dirk Vandewalle, associate professor of government at Dartmouth College and author of A History of Modern Libya, discusses the power dynamics in Libya and how the uprising there now might play out.  Plus, Sarah Leah Whitson, director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, discusses the latest reports coming out of Libya.

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Stump the Historian

Kenneth Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About Nothing series including Don't Know Much About the Presidents, has his knowledge of U.S. Presidents tested by listeners.

Here's how it works: Call in with two truths and one lie about any US President - you'll have to do a little research - and Ken will try to guess which one is made up. Stump him, win a tote bag!

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