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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Are So Many Americans Going Hungry?

Monday, July 28, 2014

To understand what has led one-sixth of people in the richest nation in the world to be malnourished, it's all about food security and sustainability.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Food Insecurity and Hunger in America

Monday, April 14, 2014

Joel Berg, Executive Director of New York City Coalition Against Hunger talks about why food insecurity is so high in this country and what can be done to reduce it.

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WNYC News

Food Pantries Strained By Federal Cuts

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

With winter officially here, New York’s food pantries and soup kitchens are feeling the strain of feeding the hungry, especially after two key benefit cuts form the federal government. 

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The Takeaway

Annual Feast Is A Reminder of America's Hungry

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

For many of the 47 million Americans on food stamps Thanksgiving this year will be difficult, made worse by cuts to SNAP assistance that began rolling out November 1. Joel Berg is executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and author of “All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?” Also joining The Takeaway are Mary Coleman and Jennifer Peguero, two women who have experienced the difficulties of building a feast when there is little to go around.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tom Colicchio on Hunger in America

Friday, March 01, 2013

The chef on a new movement to end huger.

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The Takeaway

Hunger in New York City

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Joel Berg, the executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, explains how social programs managed to prevent widespread starvation during the great recession.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Year in an African Farm Community

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Roger Thurow tells the story of a group of smallholder farmers in western Kenya who took an enormous risk to try to change their lives against the backdrop of our looming global challenge to feed the world’s growing population. The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change is about how this community deals with the wanjala—the hunger season that can last up to eight or nine months at a time.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Live in Los Angeles Edition

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In this week's special live Culture Gabfest, our critics debate the controversy surrounding This American Life’s retraction of Mike Daisey’s popular monologue, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Next, Gabfesters ponder the princess of quirk, Zoo

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Live in Los Angeles Q&A

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In a special live show Steve, Julia and Dana take listeners' questions after their show at Zocalo Public Square in LA.

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Schoolbook

Report: Eligible Students Missing Free Breakfasts

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

A new report shows that New York City comes in dead last among 26 urban school districts when it comes to making sure low-income children receive a free breakfast at school. But education officials say the comparison is not fair because the city's school system is much bigger and more complex than any of its counterparts.

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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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Features

Sculptures of Canned Goods to Be Dismantled, Donated to Charity

Sunday, November 20, 2011

About 100,000 canned goods — stacked in the shape of shoes, candles and even the Brooklyn Bridge — are on display at the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan for one last weekend as part of a design and build competition to bring attention to world hunger.

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The Takeaway

Twenty Years Later, Somalia's Grave State Continues

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

John Hockenberry went to Somalia in 1992. Hunger, armed Islamists, and drought were taking a heavy toll on the country — just like they are now. In his latest video, Hockenberry talks about the experience, and how news of famine and difficult challenges to delivery of aid in recent weeks sounds far too familiar in a country still desperate for help, and plagued by those who undermine it. 

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The Takeaway

Relief Efforts in Japan Underway as Survivors Battle Hunger, Homelessness

Friday, March 18, 2011

It’s been a week since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Northern Japan. So far, the disaster has claimed nearly 5,700 lives and 9,500 people are still missing. As relief organizations try to clear away the rubble, there’s yet another crisis hitting the country: hunger. Severely damaged roads and broken supply lines have caused food shortages throughout the region. 

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The Takeaway

Wal-Mart to Lower Cost of Healthy Food

Thursday, January 20, 2011

First lady Michelle Obama is joining Wal-Mart to announce a major health food initiative. The super store unveiled a five-year plan to improve the quality of its food, to lower prices on produce and to open stores in underserved areas. Wal-Mart is the number one grocer in the U.S. and can have a huge impact on public health.

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WNYC News

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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The Takeaway

Comparing Childhoods in Great Recession and the Great Depression

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that over 17 million American families — nearly 1 in 8 — went hungry at some point in the last year. The figures include as many as one million children. The family hardships of our current Great Recession inevitably recall stories of the Great Depression, an era when many Americans came of age scrimping and saving every penny and every last crumb. So how will the experiences of the children of the Great Recession compare to those who were kids during the Great Depression? 

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The Takeaway

America Wastes Nearly Half Its Food

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In today’s tough economic times, we frequently talk about conserving energy, cutting down on waste and living more frugally.

Despite these good intentions, a new study in the American Chemical Society's journal indicates that the food Americans throw out or leave in fields to rot wastes the equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil a year. That's about 70 times the amount of oil in the BP Gulf oil spill.

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It's A Free Country ®

New School Nutrition Bill: Better Lunch, Less for Dinner

Monday, September 27, 2010

WNYC

"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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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Is Food a Human Right?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Last week on the program we discussed the idea of making access to food a basic legal right. This idea comes from India, a country that is home to one of the world's largest impoverished populations, with over 421 million of its citizens going hungry. India is now considering making access to food a right enshrined by the constitution. Takeaway listeners tell us whether they believe access to food should be a human and legal right.

On our Facebook page, Kathleen writes:

"Food is absolutely a human right. The fact that not every country can feed all its people right now is irrelevant to food being a human right. Governments - including ours - should be judged according to how quickly and effectively they are working to feed everyone."

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