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Facial-recognition technology has become ubiquitous thanks to Facebook and other tech companies, but privacy advocates warn it's leading to the loss of public anonymity. We hear about the risks as well as the benefits.

On today's Talking Point, global hunger is a problem that no one philanthropist or charity can solve. But Howard G. Buffett is trying. We talk with him about efforts to grow drought-resistant crops.

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More Low-Wage Jobs: Chipotle Hires 4000 in One Day 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Chipotle has announced that it will hire 4000 new employees on Wednesday. The chain plans to hold open interviews for 60 applicants at each of its US locations. They’re calling it their national career day, but most of the positions they’ll fill are entrée level crew jobs. A hiring blitz like that sounds like good news for the economy but it’s also a reminder, on this Labor Day, that even as the economy has recovered, many low-paying jobs like those in fast-food, have replaced many better paying middle-class positions. Barbara Bogaev speaks with Gillian B. White, senior associate editor for The Atlantic,  who writes on labor and wages.

Gillian White, The Atlantic (@gillianbwhite)

National Employment Law Project on low-wage occupations see largest real wage declines

Facial Recognition and Loss of Anonymity 33 MIN, 18 SEC

The features that make up your face are unique to you, just like your fingerprints. Think of it as your "faceprint." Facial recognition technology reads photos or videos to identify you — by name, location and any other personal information that turns up in a database. That has real value for a range of commercial uses — not to mention law enforcement. But the lack of ground rules is raising concerns about privacy and the right to control your personal data.  On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, we look at facial recognition and the loss of privacy.

Natasha Singer, New York Times (@natashanyt)
Alvaro Bedoya, Georgetown Law School (@alvarombedoya)
Carl Szabo, NetChoice (@CarlSzabo)
Clive Thompson, Wired Magazine / New York Times Magazine (@pomeranian99)

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One Wealthy Farmer's Crusade to Solve Global Hunger 10 MIN

If you had billions of dollars at your disposal to address world problems, would you be digging in the dirt trying to grow drought-resistant corn and other crops? Although global hunger is a problem that no one philanthropist or charity can solve, farmer Howard Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett, is experimenting with crops of the future.

Photo by Jeannie O'Donnell

Photo by Trevor Neilson

Howard Buffett, businessman, philanthropist and farmer

Buffett discusses hunger in Los Angeles on WWLA

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