Fast Food

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Connection Between Flavorless Produce and Addictive Junk Food

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

In The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, Mark Schatzker argues that since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. 


The Brian Lehrer Show

Food for Thought: Pepsi, Chipotle Choose Perception Over Science

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chipotle recently announced it won't use GMOs and Pepsi is ditching the sweetener aspartame. The nutritionist Marion Nestle explains whether it's for health reasons...or the bottom line.

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Adjuncts and Other Workers Join Fast Food Movement for $15 Wage

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Organizers used Tax Day to expand their campaign for a higher minimum wage.

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Labor Activists Say $1 Raise Not Enough for McDonald's Workers

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The fast-food worker movement seems to be having an effect, but labor organizers say wages must rise much more.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Fast-food Workers and a New Kind of Labor Activism

Monday, September 15, 2014

William Finnegan, staff writer at The New Yorker, looks at the push for unionization of fast food workers and their demonstrations for higher minimum wage.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fast Food Workers Want to Unite

Monday, September 15, 2014

The push for unionization of fast food workers. The story of the USS Jeannette. David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks. Forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek on her experience.

The Takeaway

America Is Over The Burger

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Millennials, in particular, are turning away from hamburger chains, but coffee sales are booming, and the deal between Burger King and Tim Hortons is right in step with those changes.

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The Takeaway

Welcome to The Fast-Food Renaissance

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Healthy fast-food sounds like a bit of of an oxymoron, but that hasn't stopped consumers from going on a quest to find it. And nowadays, it looks like the greasy hamburger and fries soon be behind us.



Unhappy Meal: How the Fast Food Worker Movement Began

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

As protestors "arrest" Ronald McDonald, meet the New Yorkers behind the nationwide movement to raise wages for fast food workers.

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Workers Claim McDonald's Is Taking Them to the Cleaners

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Workers say McDonald's should pay the cost of keeping their uniforms clean.



Unionized Fast Food Workers Get a Raise

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Some of New York's only unionized fast food workers are getting a raise.


The Takeaway

Eating Healthier on Food Stamps

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Fast food appealing for so many Americans is because it’s often significantly cheaper than fresh, healthy equivalents. A new study offers one model of how to change that. By offering food stamp users a rebate of 30 cents for every dollar of fresh fruits and vegetables they purchased, the researchers were able to incentivize food stamp users to eat more vegetables and fruits by a full 25 percent. Diane Schanzenbach, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, authored the study.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast Food Strikes and Degrading Labor

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Can the service industry restore the American middle class? Marc Doussard, assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Chapaign and author of Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market, and Michael A. Fletcher, national economics reporter at The Washington Post, discuss today's fast food worker strike and its implications for the overall labor movement.

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Pret à Manger Puzzles Customers with Christmas Music in August

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The unseasonable appearance of Christmas music in Pret à Manger shops this week was not the creep of the holiday retail season into August.

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The Takeaway

Can Fast Food Fight Obesity?

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Fast food has its fair share of critics who say that the processed foods served by chain restaurants are responsible for the obesity epidemic in this country. But in this month’s cover issue for the Atlantic, David Freedman has a response to these critics: Fast food is actually the key to reducing obesity. Freedman argues that by putting our focus on fresh, organic products, we’re missing out on an opportunity to make low-calorie food more widely available.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Right Wage

Thursday, August 01, 2013

As fast food workers organize for higher wages, Elise Gould, director of Health Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute discusses the landscape of minimum wage and living wage employment -- including who should make $7.25 an hour and what burden employers have to provide for their employees. EPI has recently released their 2013 Family Budget Calculator, which shows regional differences in how much income is needed for economic security.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast Item #5: Fast Food Workers

Friday, June 28, 2013

There are 50,000 fast food workers in New York City, and the new Fast Food Forward coalition is petitioning for higher and more stable wages. Joseph Barrera, who works at KFC, testified before the City Council yesterday -- he discusses his life behind the counter.

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The Brian Lehrer Show


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nestor Davidson, professor and director of the Fordham Urban Law Center, and Sierra Tishgart, assistant editor of Grub Street at New York Magazine, explain Judge Tingling's ruling blocking enforcement of Mayor Bloomberg's sugary drink restrictions.


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In Effort to Unionize, Fast Food Workers Walk Out

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Workers at dozens of fast food restaurants in New York City walked off the job to rally for higher wages and the right to unionize. 

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The Takeaway

Flash Forward: Childhood Obesity and the Future of School Lunches

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

A 2011 University of Michigan study of more than a thousand middle school students found that those who regularly ate school lunches were 29 percent more likely to be obese than those who brought lunch from home. Of course, what a child eats for lunch is just one of many factors that determines whether he or she becomes overweight or obese. But many schools' dependence upon revenue from vending machines and brand-name fast-food over the past decade may be a tipping point.

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