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Friday's $5 billion reduction in the Food Stamp program raises a host of questions. Can a family of four get enough to eat on $632 a month?  Why are 48 million people on Food Stamps in the first place? Does the federal handout encourage a "culture of dependency?" Also, Egypt's chaotic start to the Morsi trial, and how a film about cyclist Lance Armstrong called the The Road Back got a new title: The Armstrong Lie.

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Making News Food Stamp Cuts Force Recipients to Make Do with Less 7 MIN, 50 SEC

Just 17 months since his election as President of Egypt and four months since his overthrow, Mohammed Morsi went on trial today in Cairo. In his first public appearance since being deposed, he was formally charged with inciting the murder of non-Islamist protesters. David Kirkpatrick is Cairo Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times (@ddknyt)

Main Topic Food Stamps and the Politics of Hunger 36 MIN, 34 SEC

Families with children, the elderly and the disabled are feeling the first cut ever in the Food Stamp program. Automatic reductions of $5 billion took place on Friday, cutting monthly benefits for 48 million people. For a family of four, that's a reduction of $36 a month, about $1.40 per meal. Democrats are fighting Republican efforts to cut much more, but the Democrats themselves are responsible for what's happening now. As part of the economic stimulus program — and to ease the hardship caused by the Great Recession -- Congress increased Food Stamp benefits in 2009. The number of recipients has doubled in the past six years. Food banks say they may not be able to meet increased need, and low-cost retailers are bracing to take a big hit. Conservatives say cuts have been too long in coming, that Food Stamps create a "culture of dependency." We hear a dispute about economics and hunger.

Arthur Delaney, Huffington Post (@ArthurDelaneyHP)
Lisa Davis, Feeding America (@FeedingAmerica)
Ross Kaminsky, Heartland Institute (@Rossputin)
Ellen Teller, Food Research and Action Center (@fractweets)

Today's Talking Point Behind the Scenes of 'the Greatest Fraud' in Sports 7 MIN, 10 SEC

Alex Gibney is an Academy-Award winning director who was given unparalleled access to Lance Armstrong. His original project was a documentary film about the world-champion cyclist's training for an eighth Tour de France title after a four-year hiatus. Now a very different film is being released. As Gibney was preparing The Road Back, Armstrong's fellow cyclist, Floyd Landis, told ABC that Armstrong's career was based on illegal doping. After denying it for years, Armstrong finally confessed it all to Oprah Winfrey. The film now being released is The Armstrong Lie.


Alex Gibney, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker (@AlexGibneyfilm)

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