Interviews and Profiles

Obese, Yet Malnourished

Thank You Democracy • March 18, 2015

I enjoyed chiming in with Jefferson Davis for this radio show, Thank You Democracy, out in Portland, OR. You can listen to the whole show here.

Stateside with Cynthia Canty

Michigan Radio • Dec. 8, 2014

When Whole Foods opened in Detroit, there were questions on whether or not the vast majority of Detroit could afford the upscale grocer. Goals were set into place to make the grocer more accessible to the citizens of Detroit. The results, however, have been a mixed bag.

Here, I discuss piece for Slate and FERN, “Can Whole Foods Change the Way Poor People Eat?” with Michigan Radio’s Cynthia Canty.

The New Faces of Hunger (coverage)

“Word of Mouth,” NHPR – New Hampshire • Aug. 7, 2014
Tracie McMillan is an author and investigative journalist who wrote “The New Face of Hunger,” a feature in National Geographic Magazine.

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America’s New Face of Hunger

The Osgood Files, CBS Radio • Aug. 6, 2014

 

This is Dave Ross, in for Charles Osgood, on the CBS Radio Network.

America doesn’t have a hunger problem. The official term is “food insecurity”.  …more…

Women in Food: Journalist Tracie McMillan Explores Crossroads Of Food And Poverty

Seedstock • August 5, 2014

Over the past few years, journalist Tracie McMillan has carved out a space to talk about food in a way that isn’t discussed all that much in the mainstream media, namely, how it relates to the lives of working-class and poor people. …more…

The New Face of Hunger (coverage)

“Talk of Iowa,” Iowa Public Radio • July 31, 2014

The irony is poignant that hunger exists in a state with the nation’s richest soil and the nation’s number-one ranking in corn and soybean production.   But despite the bounty around them, many Iowans experience what is now called “food insecurity.”   In simpler terms, they can’t find the means to feed themselves or their family, despite many having full-time jobs.  …more…

Hunger in the World’s Wealthiest Nation

“Leonard Lopate Show,” WNYC • July 28, 2014

Tracie McMillan looks at the face of hunger in this country and why millions of working Americans are struggling to feed their families. 

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Hunger in the suburbs

“Radio Times,” WHYY – Philadelphia • July 16, 2014

Perhaps the most devastating aspect of living in poverty is being “food insecure,” a term devised by the government to describe those who are not always certain that they will have access to food.  15 percent of Americans are food insecure, and in Pennsylvania, that number is 12.5 percent, according to statistics from the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center.  And the face of hunger is changing, with seemingly comfortable, suburban families needing to visit donation-based food pantry’s in order to make ends meet.  Today, we look at hunger in the suburbs with TRACIE McMILLAN, …more…

Toensing, McMillan: Hunger no longer affects ‘marginal’ populations

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Photo by Rachel LeGoubin, Chautaqua Daily staff photographer

The Chautauquan Daily  • July 2, 2014

In 1968, CBS Reports showed a documentary called “Hunger in America.” The film illustrated the face of late ’60s poverty: uneducated, unemployed men and women raising skinny-legged kids in run-down shacks. Senior citizens and children were the worst affected. One in 20 Americans at the time struggled with hunger, a figure just above the unemployment rate.

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Morning lecture to address American food insecurity, hunger

The Chautauquan Daily • July 1, 2014

Hunger in the United States looks different than anywhere else in the world, according to National Geographicphotographer Amy Toensing.

“Most of the time, you wouldn’t even know your neighbors were struggling,” she said. “How could you? Some of these people are overweight, and most are employed. They just can’t make ends meet.” …more…