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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Members of the LGBT community take part in the Bangalore Queer Pride Parade 2012 on December 2, 2012. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty)

Ice Blankets South & Leaves Thousands Stranded | Checking in on The Soup or Bowl Contest | Anti-Gay Advocates Take Their Mission Overseas | High Court in India Refuses to Review Ban on Gay Sex | Crystal Meth is North Korea's State Secret | Would You Stop Eating Real Food? | Big Block of Cheese Day: From Jackson to 'West Wing' to Obama

Big Block of Cheese Day: From Andrew Jackson to 'West Wing' to Obama

In the first season of "The West Wing," the White House hosts an open house for "Big Block of Cheese Day," a nod to President Jackson, who hosted a similar event for the American people. This year, the Obama Administration has adopted the tradition. Today the White House is hosting a virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day" over social media. Eli Attie, writer and producer for "The West Wing," discusses the tradition, from the Jacksonian Era to the fictional Bartlet Administration to the Obama White House today.

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Synthetic Food Takes the Hassle Out of Eating

What if you didn’t have to ever eat to get all the nutrition you need? This dream of never having to deal with the hassle of "food" is what inspired Rob Rhinehart to create a grayish, macro-nutirtious cocktail called Soylent which he concocts in an ex-garment factory outside Los Angeles. About 20,000 customers have placed pre-orders of the stuff, and more than $2 million in orders will be shipped in early March. Rhinehart explains why in the future, everyone will eat Soylent.

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Anti-Gay Advocates Take Their Mission Overseas

Facing a losing battle in the United States, evangelical advocates are seizing the opportunity to spread their mission abroad in countries like Belize, Nigeria and Russia, where receptive audiences are latching on to anti-gay sentiments. Political correspondent Alex Seitz-Wald reported on the efforts to undo gay rights overseas in a new piece out in the National Journal. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the strategy for appealing to anti-LGBT audiences abroad.

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Crystal Meth is North Korea's State Secret

Throughout the 1990s, meth was produced by the government of North Korea. But these days it’s ordinary North Koreans who have set up their own labs and are manufacturing and distributing it. In North Korea, “meth is offered as casually as a cup of tea,” according to LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Barbara Demick. She joins The Takeaway to explain why the government stopped producing the drug, and how entrepreneurs have since picked up the business.

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Today's Highlights | January 29, 2014

Also on Today's Show: A blanket of ice in the South is leaving thousands stranded in cars, schools, and even public radio stations...The Takeaway got a lot of great entries for our Soup or Bowl recipe contest and we've managed to narrow it down to our top four recipes...The battle over gay rights in India is in the courts and on the streets after the Indian Supreme Court refused to review a decision to restore the criminalization of gay sex.

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