Farmers' markets are all the rage and school lunches are more nutritious than they used to be, but some urban American neighborhoods are “food deserts” with no grocery stores. We hear good news and bad news, and get some surprises today about how food and the way we eat it are changing. Also, an update on the investigation into the terrorist attack on Mumbai, which took place one year ago today. On Reporter's Notebook, a video on the shortcomings of democracy in the Philippines wins an award from the State Department.
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It's been exactly one year since the attack in Mumbai that killed 174 people in two hotels, a train station, café and Jewish community center. It was reported afterward that Indian intelligence had received prior warnings, but that key weaknesses still left the city exposed. What's changed in the meantime? Stephen Cohen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is working on a new book about modernizing India's military will be called Arming without Aiming.
Stephen Philip Cohen, Brookings Institution
You may think that today's traditional Thanksgiving meal is the same as it always was, but that's not necessarily so. The food Americans eat is changing. Farmers' markets are all the rage, and in grocery stores, consumers are reading nutrition labels on bottles and cans. With celebrity chefs appearing on TV, cooking and eating habits are changing, too, but not everybody can afford to go green and organic. We hear about changes in food, shopping, cooking and eating from upscale suburbs to urban ghettos, and from region to region. From posh neighborhoods to urban ghettos, from region to region America's food is changing. So are the ways we produce it, buy it, cook it and eat it.
Kim Severson, New York Times (@kimseverson)
Marion Nestle, New York University (@marionnestle)
Mari Gallagher, President, Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group
Brian Wansink, Cornell University (@BrianWansink)
For the second year in a row, the US State Department is challenging people around the world to talk about democracy and what it means. They're asked people to produce videos no more than three minutes long completing the sentence "Democracy is…" Long Live the Fearless Man was this year's East Asia and Pacific Region winner of the State Department's challenge. Melissa Angela Verzosa Peñadfiel is the co-producer.
Melissa Angela Verzosa Penafiel, Winner, 'US State Department's 2009 Democracy Video Challenge'
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