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Thursday, June 26, 2008

You don’t have to be rich or famous to make the world a better place. That’s the message of author and activist Jim Hightower’s new book Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow. We’ll investigate his strategies for grassroots change. Plus a look at food safety at restaurants around town from the greasiest spoon to the most exclusive boîte. Also: we wrap up our series on the US Census Atlas and discuss this morning's Supreme Court ruling striking down the DC handgun law.

Slideshow: BL Show "Grub" Photos

Guests:

Jim Hightower

Jim's Word

Author, radio host and itinerant muckraker Jim Hightower shares his thoughts on the presidential campaign, the role of grassroots organizing, and all things politics.

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Seeing The Numbers: Curious Maps

Our series on the new Census Atlas of the United States wraps up this week. Marc Perry, Chief of the Population Distribution Branch at the U.S. Census, answers some lingering questions and takes a look at some of the quirkier maps in the atlas.

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Backyard Abattoir

Queens residents recently protested the scheduled opening of a slaughterhouse in their neighborhood. Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough outlines the controversy.

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Slaughterhouse Chic

Craig Haney, livestock manager for Stone Barn Center for Food and Agriculture explains why the processing of some animals on site can be a draw for consumers.

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Ultraclay!: Our 'Grub' Flickr Contributor

We received an overwhelming response to our call for photos of Grub for our Flickr pool. We speak with one of the star listener-photographers, Clay Williams (aka ultraclay!).

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High Meets Low

Both traditional and haute cuisine employ some controversial cooking techniques. Indian Chef and author Julie Sahni joins us to discuss the similarities between high and low grub.

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The Incredible Shrinking Portion

Have you noticed that there's not as much food on your plate at restaurants as there used to be? And doesn't that box of cereal seem lighter than it used to be? Ben Popken, Editor of Consumerist.com, joins us to explain why portions and packages are shrinking, even ...

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Supreme Court Invalidates DC Handgun Ban

The Supreme Court has overturned the Washington, DC handgun ban, affirming an individual's right to gun ownership. US News and World Report's Emma Schwartz joins us to explain the significance of this major ruling.

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