The White House’s fiscal 2019 budget includes an “American Harvest Box.”

No, the USDA Can’t Compete With Blue Apron

No, the USDA Can’t Compete With Blue Apron

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 13 2018 7:55 PM

Spoon-Fed by the Feds

The White House’s fiscal 2019 budget would cut food stamp funding and tell its recipients what to eat.

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Donated canned foods sit in a bin at San Mateo High School on Nov. 29 in California.

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On The Gist, on the White House budget’s effort to replace half of food-stamp funding with crappy meal boxes.

How do you fix one of the most gerrymandered states in the country? It helps to have a tireless amateur mapmaker in your ranks. Mike talks to Amanda Holt, who spurred Pennsylvania to redraw its legislative districts in 2013 and is closely watching the state’s ongoing court battle over its congressional districts.

In the Spiel, the American intelligence community still has to convince the White House that Russia’s up to no good.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.