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Child Poverty in Kentucky, David Kessler on the American Appetite for Sugar: Today’s Here and Now

Here’s what we’re planning today on Here and Now:

1:06pm: Speaking to a supporter in Iowa this week, President Obama said he would announce “a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs and to control our deficit.” White House officials say that announcement will come in September. There is a strong debate within the White House over the specifics and the approach — with some aides arguing for a more combative stance on economic issues; others, like senior political advisor David Plouffe making the case for a pragmatic strategy to appeal to independent voters.
Guest: Binyamin Appelbaum, Washington Correspondent for the New York Times.

1:12pm: From caramel sauce for apple slices in a child’s fast food meal to whipped cream on top of a cup of coffee — Americans are surrounded by super-sweet, high-in-calorie-‘extras’. David Kessler is the former head of the FDA and has written about how the American palate craves sweet things. He’s the author of The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.

1:40pm: The latest Kids Count report shows that child poverty is growing in Kentucky and across the US. But there’s some good news, too. We’ll talk about the report, and we’ll get a local perspective on the Kentucky numbers.
Guests: Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO, Annie E Casey Foundation; Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

2011 Kids Count Data Book

State of Affairs

Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children

Nationwide, Kentucky consistently ranks in the bottom ten in measures of education and health, safety and economic well-being. The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, a comprehensive six-year plan to improve child well-being in Kentucky, seeks to understand why, and what to do about it. We’ll learn about the Blueprint, the organizations that work on it, and what the next legislative steps could be to bring it into action. Join us as we broadcast live from the 2010 Step Up for Kids Conference in Louisville.

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