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The David Sirota Show • March 1, 2012

Tracie McMillan our special guest to talk about her book The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. What if you can”t afford nine-dollar tomatoes. That was the question award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan couldn’t escape as she watched the debate about America”s meals unfold, one that urges us to pay food”s true cost, which is to say, pay more. So in 2009 McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year, she worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters. The surprising answers that McMillan found on her journey have profound implications for our food and agriculture, and also for how we see ourselves as a nation. She spent a half hour with us. We then talked about this story: University of North Dakota teams risk forfeiting any post-season games if their athletes, cheerleaders or band wear or display the school’s Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo, an NCAA official said Wednesday. Bernard Franklin, an NCAA executive vice president, said in a letter to university provost Paul LeBel that the university must forfeit competition if it has not adhered to this requirement in any post-season games that UND teams have been invited to play in. The NCAA has long said the nickname and logo are hostile to American Indians and that the Grand Forks school’s teams may not wear uniforms that have the nickname or logo during post-season contests. But the Franklin letter’s mention of forfeiting games is a new development. What are your thoughts on this. Is the Fighting Sioux logo offensive.

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