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The Brian Lehrer Show

Food Stamp Cuts; Better Streets for Cars and Cyclists; Marathon Weekend

Friday, November 01, 2013

Cuts to the food stamp program are scheduled to take effect today. We’ll hear about why the benefits have been scaled back. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with traffic engineer “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz and his proposals for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers on the road. Then, the candidates in the race for Nassau County Executive; NPR’s David Folkenflik on Rupert Murdoch’s empire; your calls on this weekend’s marathon; and does raising the legal purchase age of cigarettes discourage smoking?

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Food Stamps: Who Are the Potential Losers?

Friday, July 12, 2013

As the battle over cutting food stamps in Washington heats up, here's a look at who in our area receives assistance from the federally-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.

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WNYC News

State Must Reimburse Millions in Lost Food Stamps

Monday, July 01, 2013

A major legal settlement will provide significant relief for food stamp recipients who lost their benefits recently. The settlement stems from a 2012 federal class action lawsuit that alleges the state violated federal rules by stopping people's benefits before allowing them a chance to correct infractions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Food Stamps Panel

Monday, November 21, 2011

As Thanksgiving week starts, the Brian Lehrer Show convenes a panel to talk about hunger and food stamps in NYC with Robert Doar, administrator and commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration and Department of Social Services; New York City Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio and Triada Stampas, director of government relations and public education at the Food Bank For New York City.

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City Council to Tackle Issue of Fingerprinting of Food Stamp Recipients

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Several New York City council members are raising questions about the city's practice of fingerprinting applications for federal food stamps.  The measure was adopted to curb fraud, but some argue that it's deterring thousands of New Yorkers in need from applying for federally funded food stamps.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Follow Up Friday: Poverty Line, Post Office Clause, Food Stamp Eligibility

Friday, September 16, 2011

Poverty expert and manager of the Half in Ten Campaign at the Center for American Progress, Melissa Boteach, follows up on the census report with an explainer on where we place the poverty line. Plus: follow-ups on the post office and food stamps. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Using Food Stamps After a Crisis

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Áine Duggan, vice-president of research, policy and education for the Food Bank of New York City, discusses how the Food Bank of New York City can help those who lost food during Tropical Storm Irene.

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Bloomberg Vows to Find Innovative Ways to Reduce Obesity

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he'll keep trying to find "innovative" ways to reduce obesity in poor neighborhoods.

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It's A Free Country ®

Census Results: Poverty Rate in New York

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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[T]he total number for New York City is disappointingly low according to city officials, lower than the 8.4 million they were expecting, and the chances are they’re going to challenge that count as being way too low.

— Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Federal Stimulus Money Helps Hungry New Yorkers

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The number of hungry New Yorkers has increased by almost 7 percent since last year, according to a survey by New York City Coalition Against Hunger and half of the feeding organizations surveyed had to turn hungry people away.

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New School Nutrition Bill: Better Lunch, Less for Dinner

Monday, September 27, 2010

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"It's ironic that we would want to improve nutrition for children and then take away parents' ability to buy them nutritious food."

-Aine Duggan vice president of the Food Bank for New York City on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Food Stamp Cuts

Monday, September 27, 2010

Aine Duggan, vice president for research policy and education at Food Bank NYC, talks about how the child nutrition bill wending its way through Congress will impact food stamp benefits.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Government Aid

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Yesterday we spoke about the large number of Americans receiving public assistance, and the story got you commenting as well. Listeners weighed in with their own personal stories about work and the issue of pride when you are getting help from the government.

 

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: America on Government Benefits; Morning Headlines

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A new survey from USA Today brings Americans' dependence on government assistance into the light; that and this morning's top headlines.

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The Takeaway

Americans Using Food Stamps More Than Ever Before

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Add this to your list of indicators that the recession isn't over yet: There are now more Americans on food stamps than at any time in history. According to a report in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 36 million Americans currently receive food stamps, and 50 percent of American children will have lived in households which receive government food assistance by time they turn 20.

We speak with Mark Rank, professor of social welfare at Washington University in St. Louis and one of the authors of the study. Also with us are Angel Seymore, a home health care aide from the Bronx who receives food stamps; and Joel Berg, executive director of New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

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