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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Daphina Jacobs bags up fresh vegetables at the Hattie Carthan Community Market in Brooklyn July 11, 2009. Advocacy groups arranged for the use of food stamps at the market for the first time. (Chris Hondros/Getty)

Fast Food Workers Strike in 100 Cities | Eating Healthier on Food Stamps | Can the Sound of Music Remake Succeed? | A Delicate Dance: Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons | Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, the revered leader who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead the nation out of decades of apartheid, has died at the age of 95. Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994, was known across the globe for his message of reconciliation, understanding and forgiveness. Help us remember Nelson Mandela by answering this: What one word best sums up Mandela? And why? Share your comment, tweet us or post on Facebook. You can also give us a call at 1-877-869-8253.

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Fast Food Workers Strike in 100 Cities

As fast food workers in 100 cities strike for a wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without interference, The Takeaway hears from two fast food workers about what it's like working in the industry—Naquasia LeGrand, a cashier at KFC who earns just $7.70 an hour, and Eduardo Shoy, a delivery man for KFC and Pizza Hut, as well as a forklift operator at JFK airport. Angelo Amador is the Vice President of Workforce and Labor Policy at the National Restaurant Association. He is on the opposite side of the debate, opposing the wage hike. 

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Eating Healthier on Food Stamps

Fast food appealing for so many Americans is because it’s often significantly cheaper than fresh, healthy equivalents. A new study offers one model of how to change that. By offering food stamp users a rebate of 30 cents for every dollar of fresh fruits and vegetables they purchased, the researchers were able to incentivize food stamp users to eat more vegetables and fruits by a full 25 percent. Diane Schanzenbach, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, authored the study.

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Can 'The Sound of Music' Remake Succeed?

Tonight, a new version of “The Sound of Music,” starring Carrie Underwood, will be performed live on NBC. But early buzz about the special has been anything but kind. Can this remake succeed? Are there films that are, perhaps, to sacred to remake? Emily Rems is a fan of "The Sound of Music" and a cultural critic. She serves as managing editor for Bust magazine and she joins The Takeaway to explain why the internet and cultural critics are so up in arms over the new special.

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Destroying Syria's Weapons A Delicate Dance

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons may have met their November 1 deadline for the removal of Syria’s weapons cache, but there is still a big question that remains: What’s next? The complicated task at hand includes getting 500 tons of lethal chemicals out of Syria. Joining The Takeaway to explain what this endeavor may look like is Thomas Moore, deputy director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

President Barack Obama has revived his populist message and made a case for the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to reduce income inequality. Jonathan Alter, journalist and author of "The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies," explores the president's rebranding efforts. He notes that as Obama dusts off his brand of populism, his core base—millennials—seems to be abandoning him. Heather McGhee, vice president of policy and outreach at Demos, examines how the President's message about income inequality resonate with the youngest voters.

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