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Lawmakers Go On 'Food Stamp' Diet To Protest Cuts

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As the House prepares to take up the Farm Bill, nearly 30 lawmakers are putting themselves on a food stamp diet. That gives them just over $30 to spend on food for a week. Holmes Norton says grocery shopping was a rude awakening.

"You don't have nearly the kind of diversity that is necessary for nutritious eating," she says.

The protest is because House Republicans want to slash nutrition programs by more than $2 billion, compared to only $400 million in cuts in the Senate version. Holmes Norton says her diet this week shows what many District residents go through daily.

"You get so hungry that you're tempted, and so you just go to sleep, in the hope that the hunger will be gone by the morning," she says.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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