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A middle school in Calabasas has attracted national attention after kids allegedly were assaulted because of their red hair and freckles.  What did a TV satire and Facebook have to do with it?  Also, will California's next lieutenant governor be Abel Maldonado? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, despite the obesity epidemic, recent studies say tens of millions of people — including children — are going hungry.  What's the Obama Administration doing?  Is "food insecurity" a matter of politics as well as economics?

Banner image: Screen shot from the television show, Southpark

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Hunger in America 27 MIN

The Agriculture Department says that 49 million Americans did not get enough to eat last year.  Scholars at Cornell and Washington Universities report that half America's children will be on food stamps before they grow up.  President Obama has renewed his campaign promise to reduce the “trend of rising hunger.”

Guests:
Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger
Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation (@Heritage)
Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, USDA
Peter Goodman, Huffington Post (@petersgoodman)

All You Can Eat

Joel Berg

Making News Schwarzenegger Picks Maldonado for Lieutenant Governor 7 MIN, 15 SEC

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi has resigned to become a member of Congress giving Governor Schwarzenegger the chance to appoint a replacement.  Just as he did when he ran for office himself, the Governor revealed his choice last night on the Jay Leno show. Shane Goldmacher covers the state capitol for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Shane Goldmacher, National Journal (@ShaneGoldmacher)

Main Topic The Power of Social Networking 18 MIN, 43 SEC

Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies say five kids with red hair and freckles may have been victims of “Kick a Ginger Day” at the A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas. Nobody was seriously injured and no arrests have been made, but the incident has drawn attention to Facebook and an episode of the TV show South Park.

Guests:
Donald Zimmering, Superintendent, Las Virgines Unified School District
Hogan, middle school student
B.J. Fogg, Founding Director, Stanford University's Persuasive Technology Laboratory

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