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  • Profiting from Hunger

    Venezuela’s president handed the military complete control of the food supply last year after people took to the streets to protest severe shortages. But far from fighting hunger in the crisis-wracked country, the AP investigation found evidence of the military making millions from it through kickbacks and the sale of staples on the black market at dozens of times the government-set prices.
  • War and Hunger

    Scott Pelley reports from the borders of Jordan, where the United Nations, led by its World Food Programme, has undertaken the huge task of feeding and caring for millions of refugees from Syria's civil war.
  • 60 Minutes: Hard Times Generation I

    A report on how hunger and homelessness affect children and their families.
  • Afghanistan: Corrupted by Drugs

    The three-part series tracks the distribution of heroin and opium out of Afghanistan throughout Central Asia. The narcotic industry in Afghanistan exists securely under the foster care of U.S. forces while feeding the epidemic-sized hunger for heroin in Russia.
  • Limbo

    A Times investigation into the military's system of justice for foreign terror suspects reveals "new information about the physical and legal treatment of the detainees." Among the major stories the Times broke were: "the use of harsh methods to break a series of hunger strikes at Guantanamo; the largely secret evolution of the military detention facility at Bagram, Afghanistan into another Guantanamo-type facility; the reasons for the collapse of an ambitious two-year effort to prosecute military personnel for abuses at Bagram; the obstacles to American government efforts to repatriate many of the Guantanamo prisoners and the story of attempts by senior Bush Administration officials to press for sweeping changes in the detention system." The Times also reported on the power struggle between military officials and detainees for control of Guantanamo, a situation the military denied.
  • Seeds of Doubt

    These two stories deal with some dubious aspects of genetically modified foods; how their developers sometimes fail to deliver on the promise to relieve hunger in poverty-stricken parts of the world; and how the connections between universities that do the research and the companies that market the products are not always beneficial to the people whose lives depend on a cheap supply of food.
  • Food for the Taking; Food bank practices more loose than first disclosed; The hunger market

    The San Diego Union-Tribune investigated the San Diego Food Bank, the only major charity distributing donations of the America's Second Harvest network in the region. Although hunger was at an all-time high, the food bank tolerated widespread theft of tons of donations over many years. Many of the stolen goods were sold at swap meets and in discount stores around San Diego County, and hundreds of tons a year were shipped into Mexico. The reports also explored the nutritional value of donations; much of it is not edible and some food that is distributed lacks nutritional value. America's Second Harvest, the national food-distribution network, has done little to reform its San Diego affiliate. The investigation also found that the top five participants in the food bank's Charitable Food Distribution Program are charities run by people whose backgrounds include a felony conviction, bankruptcy, court orders for child support and multiple lawsuits. The last story explored the national charity's strong-arm tactics used to secure donations from corporations.
  • State of Disrepair

    In less than a decade, Missouri's roads have plunged from being one of the nation's top to the third worst. In this investigation the Star cites malpractices in the Missouri Dept.of Transportation as the main cause. From paying contractors without proper monitoring of their work, to misplacing checks worth a quarter of a million dollars, all roads of blame lead to MoDOT. Also, the Star reports on how this autonomous state agency has lost track of how much property it owned. At the end of all this, the report finds out that Missouri's roads have more than 20 major potholes and bumps per mile-- about one every three seconds at 60mph.
  • Slim For Him

    New Yorker interviews Gwen Shamblin, whose weigh-loss program is based upon believing in God. "Shamblin's core contention is that the fatness of America is the symptom of a spiritual crisis: overweight people have mistaken a spiritual emptiness for a hunger for food." Shamblin does not encourage her clients to eat healthier foods, but rather partake of smaller portions. She keeps no statistics of her participants or their weight loss, but she has had clients who have dropped over a hundred pounds. "Shamblin claims that Weigh Down offers empirical evidence of the existence of God: her followers wish to lose weight; they turn to God, and lose weight- ergo, God exists." Rebecca Mead reports on this unique weight-loss strategy.
  • Lost Bounty

    WNBC-TV "discovered the New York City schools throwing out large quantities of fresh, uneaten food despite the prevalence of hunger and poverty in our city. For example, at one school we found an entire garbage bag of untouched loaves of bread. ... We also learned through our research that the U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages school districts to donate leftover food and even provided grants for such programs. However, New York City never applied for the grant."