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In many states so-called "Ag-Gag" laws are being enacted to prohibit undercover videotape that reveals cruelty to animals on factory farms. Do Americans have a right to know how their food is prepared for the market? Does the suffering of animals make a difference in the safety of what we eat? Also, Secretary of State Kerry says the world will not accept North Korea as nuclear power, and Bitcoin, the virtual currency. It doesn't exist in the real world, and isn't issued by a central bank. Where can you get some?  Where can you spend it?

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal
Kerry Cavanaugh

Making News Kerry Says World Will Not Accept North Korea as Nuclear Power 7 MIN, 45 SEC

In Seoul, South Korea today, Secretary of State John Kerry said the US will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and would stand by our bilateral security agreement to "defend our allies and defend ourselves." Donald Kirk, Global Editor for The Atlantic, joins us from Seoul.

Guests:
Don Kirk, The Atlantic

Main Topic Factory Farms, Cruelty to Animals and the Food Supply 33 MIN, 54 SEC

The preparation of food in America is a major industry. The New York Times reports that 9 billion animals are slaughtered each year. That’s hundreds per second, making animals a continuous stream of raw material—and making the treatment of individual creatures almost invisible. While cruelty to animals is a crime, in some places it’s also a crime to blow the whistle on animal cruelty in the agricultural industry. Undercover video of ghastly mistreatment have led to federal and local prosecutions. Factory farms have lost big contracts due to consumer outrage. But many states are making it illegal to record those videos, or to mislead employers about one’s intentions when applying for a job. We hear about privacy and property rights, animal rights and the implications for both food safety and the public’s right to know.

 

 

Guests:
Dan Flynn, Food Safety News (@foodsafetynews)
Emily Meredith, Animal Agricultural Alliance (@animalag)
Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States (@HumaneSociety)
Timothy Pachirat, New School (@newschool)

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Timothy Pachirat

Reporter's Notebook Is Bitcoin a Bubble? 8 MIN, 46 SEC

Most people have never heard of biotcoins, but the virtual currency is the latest rage of the financial media. Kevin Roose, who writes on business for New York magazine, admits he should have known better. He succumbed to the urge to buy a bitcoin — on a red phone at a CVS Pharmacy. We explains how he did it and what he got when he sold it.

Guests:
Kevin Roose, Fusion (@kevinroose)

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