At the Height of the Holiday Season: Is It Safe to Fly?
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Airline security is leading today's news, including this program. Yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was quoted as saying the air-travel security system "worked" to prevent a tragedy on Christmas Day. Today, she said her comment was taken "out of context," and that a lot went wrong. But the biggest problem for most Americans is still the economy. We hear about the growing numbers, including children, who can't get enough to eat.
Banner image: Cpl. Frederick of the Wayne County Airport Police and his bomb-sniffing dog Spencer patrol at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport December 26, 2009 in Romulus, Michigan. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Secretary Napolitano Concedes Air Travel Security Did Not Work ()
The Obama Administration now admits that air travel security failed on Christmas Day. It's beefing up measures at airports and in the air. At the same time it’s going all out to determine how a bomb was smuggled onto an airplane where it took action by passengers to stop it from being ignited. Could existing technology have provided better security? Has it been held off by concerns about cost, privacy and profiling?
- Karen DeYoung: Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Washington Post, @washingtonpost
- Bruce Hoffman: Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University, @hoffman_bruce
- Philip Baum: Managing Director, Green Light Limited
- Scott Shane: National Security Writer, New York Times, @ScottShaneNYT
The Growing Problem of Hunger in a Struggling Economy ()
The Great Recession has increased the number of Americans who depend on food stamps and food banks to get enough to eat. What kind of food do they get? Do food stamps carry a stigma and create dependency at the same time? Do private charities allow government to avoid dealing directly with the causes of poverty?
- Mark Rank: Professor of Social Welfare, Washington University
- Oran Hesterman: President and CEO, Fair Food Network
- Ron Haskins: Co-director, Brookings Institution's Center on Children and Families
- Mark Winne: former Executive Director, Hartford Food System
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