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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ina Garten talks about her latest cookbook full of foolproof recipes. We’ll look at how the economy has changed in various states across the country, and what it means for the 2012 Election. Our latest Backstory segment.

Ina Garten on Foolproof Recipes

Ina Garten talks about her latest cookbook, Barefoot Contessa: Foolproof Recipes You Can Trust, and shares her secrets for pulling off satisfying meals. For Ina, “foolproof” means more than just making one dish successfully, it’s also about planning a menu, devising a game plan, and coordinating everything so it all gets to the table at the same time.

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Virginia and the 2012 Election

Virginia is one of the prized swing states in this year’s presidential election. Washington Post Local Columnist Robert McCartney discusses the major issues that the state’s voters care about this year, on both the national level and in the tight Senate race there. Plus, we’ll look at the impact of economic shifts in Virginia over the last four years.

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Backstory: Privacy in the Digital Age

Verizon Wireless recently came under fire when it was revealed the company has begun selling information about its customers—including users’ geographical locations, app usage, and web browsing activities—to third parties. Last month the ACLU released documents showing a massive increase in electronic surveillance by the government. For this week's Backstory, CNET’s Declan McCullagh gives an update on digital privacy, explaining who is pushing the boundaries of what can be done with our personal data, and what some activists are trying to do about it.

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US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Lilly Ledbetter on Equal Pay for Women

When asked how the candidates intend to address the issue of unequal pay for women in the workplace in the debate Tuesday night,  President Obama referred to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was the first bill he signed into law when he took office. Mr. Obama said: "It's named after this amazing woman who had been doing the same job as a man for years, found out that she was getting paid less, and the Supreme Court said that she couldn't bring suit because she should have found about it earlier, whereas she had no way of finding out about it. So we fixed that."

Lilly Ledbetter told her story on the Leonard Lopate Show in March, and you can listen to to that interview here!

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Ina Garten's Winter Minestrone & Garlic Bruschetta

Serves 6 to 8

This incredibly hearty winter soup falls somewhere between a soup and a stew.

The texture and flavor are amazing—it’s filled with chunky vegetables, pasta, beans, and spinach. Pesto and Parmesan swirled in at the end make it even better. I serve it in big shallow bowls with garlic bruschetta on top.

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Ina Garten's Ultimate Pumpkin Pie with Rum Whipped Cream

Serves 8 to 10

Pumpkin pie can be boring and dense so I set out to make a better pumpkin pie. Pumpkin has a distinct squash flavor that you want to enhance without overpowering it. I’ve filled the prebaked crust with a lightly spiced pumpkin mixture that tastes more like a mousse than a dense custard. Dark rum and grated orange zest are my secret ingredients.

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Ina Garten's Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Serves 6, 2 if you're snowed in for a weekend.

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