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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Farm Bill Cliff

Monday, November 26, 2012

Philip Brasher, Agriculture and Food Editor at CQ Roll Call, discusses another significant deadline for Congress on December 31st - passing a farm bill that also effects food stamp recipients.

 

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WNYC News

More NYS Households Struggle to Feed Themselves Report Says

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Newly released data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows the number of households struggling to afford food in New York State continues to rise.

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It's A Free Country ®

Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, May 18, 2012

In a Guv-Mayor tag-team matchup, Cuomo and Bloomberg are at odds over food stamp fingerprinting, while Christie and Booker score a big viral video success.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Ends Controversial Policy of Fingerprinting Food Stamp Recipients

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that food stamp recipients will no longer be fingerprinted. It was a controversial policy that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has staunchly defended for years.

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The Takeaway

Ph.D's on Food Stamps?

Friday, May 11, 2012

All this week we’ve been taking a hard look at the financial realities for students graduating from college. But how about the difficulties facing students in higher education? According to a new report, the number of Ph.D and masters students on public assistance has tripled in the past two years. The report's author and a 51-year-old Ph.D student on food stamps and Medicaid join the program.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill

Friday, May 04, 2012

Daniel Imhoff talks about the Farm Bill, an economic and policy engine that drives the nation’s food and farming system and provides nutritional assistance to tens of millions of Americans. In Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill, Imhoff offers a resource to deconstruct this complex bill, and he urges people to vote with their forks.

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The Takeaway

End of Month Hunger Affects Student Discipline

Thursday, April 05, 2012

A study of schools throughout the city of Chicago has found that detention and suspension rates increase towards the end of each month and sharply decrease at the beginning of the next. The main culprit, they believe, may be the students' diets. The study links the behavior with spending patterns associated to the national food-stamp program, SNAP. Lisa Gennetian, managing director of the behavioral economics research think tank Ideas42, thinks it's time for a change.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Why the GOP Lost Black Voters

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

As we head into what everyone seems to agree will be the defining contest for the GOP, I find myself wondering whether African Americans have a reason to vote Republican.

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WNYC News

Food Stamp Recipients Have Mixed Views on Being Fingerprinted

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A debate has broken out at New York's highest levels of government over whether to continue fingerprinting food stamp recipients — and as the governor and mayor differ on the issue, so do food stamp recipients themselves.

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The Takeaway

Cornel West and Tavis Smiley on Poverty in 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley have been outspoken critics of income inequality in America. The late aughts were shaped by the subprime mortgage crisis, subsequent stock market crash, international debt problems, and record levels of long-term unemployment. Between 2006 and 2010, there was a 27 percent increase of people living in poverty across the U.S. And despite signs of recovery, growth has been slow and decidedly uneven with Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and California hovering at 12 percent or higher unemployment rates.

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WNYC News

Food Stamps Increasingly Deployed at Greenmarkets

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

More New Yorkers on food stamps are using them to buy fresh produce, eggs and baked goods at city greenmarkets.

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WNYC News

Number of NJ Residents Receiving Food Stamps Doubles

Monday, November 28, 2011

The number of New Jersey residents receiving food stamps has doubled in the last four years despite the state’s standing as No. 2 wealthiest in the nation.

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The Takeaway

More Worries Over Weak Economy

Thursday, August 04, 2011

"We do not believe there is a threat there of a double-dip recession. We believe that economy will continue to grow," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said yesterday. But some economic indicators are painting a different picture. While the private sector added 114,000 jobs in July, layoffs in the U.S. reached a 16-month high. Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture says the more Americans are receiving food stamps than ever before. The Pew Research Center released a study last month finding that women are having more difficulty than men re-entering the work force. All of this news comes on top of the figures released by the Commerce Department last Friday showing that the economy has only grown by a dismal 1.3 percent.

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It's A Free Country ®

Why the 2012 Farm Bill Matters

Friday, July 15, 2011

These farm programs, they’re not worthy of the farmers who participate in them, to be honest. Farmers deserve a better safety net.

Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Mayor Says Food Stamps Shouldn't Cover Sodas

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Calling sugary drinks the "single largest contributor" to the city's obesity problem, Mayor Bloomberg has launched another public health effort to change how New Yorkers eat: He wants low-income New Yorkers to stop using their food stamps to buy soft drinks and other sweet beverages.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg: Sugary Beverages and Food Stamps Shouldn't Mix

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The city's 1.7 million food stamp users will have a narrower choice of things to purchase, if Mayor Michael Bloomberg persuades the federal government to let him try an experiment.

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WNYC News

U.S. Census: Poverty Rate Rises in New York City

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

More New Yorkers are living in poverty. According to figures released today by the US Census, the poverty rate in New York state increased from 2008 to 2009. The poverty rate in New York City also appears to have inched upwards. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has been pouring over the latest numbers and explains what they mean.

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WQXR News

Jobs Bill: Teachers Win, Food Stamp Recipients Lose

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Poverty advocates say the newly passed $26 billion jobs bill will hurt New York City's nearly 2 million food stamp recipients.

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WNYC News

Jobs Bill: Teachers Win, Food Stamp Recipients Lose

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Poverty advocates say the newly passed $26 billion jobs bill will hurt New York City's nearly 2 million food stamp recipients because it will be paid for, in part, by reducing food stamp benefits for the poor.

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WNYC News

Using Food Stamps in the Bronx

Friday, December 11, 2009

Photos by Stephen Nessen

Photos by Stephen Nessen

The Bronx has the highest proportion of food stamp recipients in all the five boroughs. According to city statistics, more than 400,000 people use food stamps in the borough –- 30 percent of the population. Since 2007, ...

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