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  Leaning toward fat

Rick Karr talks to the former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman about the tension between the USDA’s dueling mandates: promoting good nutrition and good farm policy.

  Video: Mixed signals: Why is the USDA promoting nutrition and pushing cheese?

  Mixed signals: Why is the USDA promoting nutrition and pushing cheese?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the business of getting Americans to eat healthier food. But it’s also in the business of promoting the excessive consumption of cheese.


  Beyond Shirley Sherrod: Racial discrimination at the USDA

There have been tens of thousands of racial discrimination claims against the USDA in recent years. Alison Stewart steps back from the furor over the Shirley Sherrod saga to explain the backlog and its consequences.


  Need to Know, July 30, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Could the WikiLeaks be dangerous? 100 days after the start of the oil spill in the Gulf, we check in on an ailing community in Grand Isle. Plus a look back at the life of prison reform advocate David Lewis.


  Need to Know, July 23, 2010

This week: putting the Shirley Sherrod saga in context. A report on the most dangerous highway in Georgia. And a rare dispute between conservationists and renewable energy advocates in Wyoming.


  The Shirley Sherrod saga, and how the media discusses race

Need to Know talks to Terence Samuel, deputy editor of The Root, an online magazine, to discuss the controversial resignation of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, and how the media handles issues of race.

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