Today's Highlights | February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Shanese Bryant-Melton during an event introducing new nutrition labeling on February 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty)

Also on Today's Show

Begins at 06:48: Concerns over a Russian-backed separatist movement in the Crimean region of Ukraine is giving the international community serious pause as the possibility of a showdown between Ukraine’s fledgling government and the Kremlin appears to grow. John Herbst, former ambassador to Ukraine from 2003-2006, shares his insight.

Begins at 19:39: First Lady Michelle Obama announced a series of proposed changes to U.S. food labeling rules yesterday. The proposal requires manufactures to list more realistic serving sizes and add details about added sugars. Will these new labels really change eating habits? Julie Downs, a Carnegie Mellon professor who studies decision making, answers.

Begins at 24:08: We're only two days away from the Superbowl of movies: Oscar night! Though you may not have seen all of the nominees, our Movie Date Team has and they give us their predictions. In addition to co-hosting the podcast, Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday and Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for The Takeaway.


Julie Downs, Rafer Guzman, John Herbst and Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Joanne Gibson from Forest Hills, NY from Forest Hills, NY

It makes no sense to post the number of calories on labels when there is no education about how many calories are required daily to lose weight, to maintain weight and to make it clear that any amount above those numbers will result in weight gain. Exercise is helpful but anyone who has run on a treadmill or done any similar cardio exercise knows full-well that an hour will burn off enough calories to eat a carrot! Sigh.....

Feb. 28 2014 03:49 PM
Derac from Chicago, IL

On music Oscars.. I'm of a certain age with grown children [mid 20s] and no grandchildren. I've never seen Frozen or DM2 nor heard of 'Happy'. While millions have apparently enjoyed the video untold other millions have not. Just sayin'.

Feb. 28 2014 03:28 PM
Theresa Freilicher from Pa.

The First Lady still had it wrong. Diet sodas are just as bad as. Non-diet sofas. Maybbe, worse.

Feb. 28 2014 09:00 AM

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