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Tomorrow: Hunger, Hip-Hop and Gay Life

Hunger in the U.S. is at a record high. Tomorrow, Milwaukee Rep. Gwen Moore talks to us about recent findings by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which reports that 17 million households in this country were "food insecure" and struggled to put food on the table in 2008. Moore, herself, has an interesting story. She rose from poverty and, as an expectant mother on welfare, earned a degree from Marquette University before becoming the first African-American to represent Wisconsin in Congress. Moore's early struggles have influenced her passion on issues regarding access to food and community resources. The congresswoman will be joined by Jan Pruitt, who runs a food bank in Texas.

Also, Paul Butler, a scholar and former federal prosecutor, has penned a book called Let's Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice. Tomorrow, he talks with us about the role of hip-hop music in American culture against the backdrop of a flawed criminal justice system.

And ...

The Washington Blade — widely regarded as the newspaper of record by members of the gay community — surprised readers when it abruptly folded its operation Monday. For 40 years, the paper covered the highs, lows and tragedies of gay life. You might remember, just the other week, longtime Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro, Jr., was on the program to talk about the storied journey of the publication and his work as one of its leading journalists. So you can imagine the apparent shock by Chibarro and his colleagues when they arrived to work on Monday and were told they had only hours to pack their offices and clean out their desks. Tomorrow, blogger Zack Rosen explains why the Blade's demise is unfortunate, but not the end of the world.

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