The Fifty One is a nod to the fact that women make up 51% of the U.S. population. In each season, we take a national issue and work with local reporters across the country to explore its impact on women at the local level. In season 1, we're tackling food insecurity—the drivers of it, solutions, and what it really looks like in communities across the country.
From Veggie Vouchers to Vertical Farming, Talking Solutions with Civil Eats
That's a wrap on season 1! In this episode we bring back Civil Eats' contributing editor Twilight Greenaway to talk about solutions big and small, the right way to talk about food access issues, and what the future may hold.
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SNAP, the Farm Bill, and More with The New Food Economy's Claire Brown
Food policy and environment reporter Claire Brown's first job in food was helping SNAP recipients use their benefits at New York farmers markets, so we invited her on to talk about everything from SNAP to the Farm Bill and how they do or don't address food access.
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A Detroit Food Pantry Giving People Choices, Stability, and Dignity
In this episode we head to Detroit with WDET reporter Taylor Wizner to check out the Broadmoor Food Connection, run by Reverend Roslyn Bouier. Its client-choice model gives people struggling with food access in the area choices, stability, and dignity.
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Community Coalition of South Los Angeles on the Intersection of Food Access, Transportation, Discrimination, Health, and Poverty
The Community Coalition of South Los Angeles, or Coco South LA, is known for looking at the complex web of factors behind community issues, and their approach to food is no different. In this episode reporter Melissa Chadburn takes us to South LA for a look at what drives food insecurity there and what's being done about it.
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Food Is Medicine
Last year California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill providing $6 million over three years to the Food Is Medicine pilot. The pilot will provide medically tailored meals for 1,000 Medi-Cal patients struggling with either TypeII Diabetes or congestive heart failure. We look at what sorts of benefits that might bring, and how organizations elsewhere in the country are taking up the "food as medicine" idea and running with it, too.
The Intersection of Colonization and Food Sovereignty for the Navajo Nation
Indigenous people in the U.S. are up to 400% more likely to experience food insecurity, according to the USDA. That's by design. A key aspect to colonization has always been to erode food sovereignty, but many tribes are working to reclaim it. That includes the Navajo Nation, which spans three southwestern states. In this episode, Native America Calling reporter (and Toasted Sister podcast host) Andi Murphy takes us to her home reservation to explore what has driven the high rate of food insecurity for so long and what's being done about food sovereignty.