The number of Americans who use food stamps is now close to 46 million, that's 15 percent of the population. The program is formally known as SNAP these days, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. And the number of people who depend on it to buy groceries has grown substantially, even since the recession was officially declared over, back in June of 2009.
Now, if anyone is doing well in this time of economic uncertainty, it is fair to say it is the banks. Wall Street firms earned more in the first two and a half years of the Obama administration than they did during the entire presidency of George W. Bush. That's according to a story today in the Washington Post by reporter Zach Goldfarb and he joins us now. Welcome to the program, Zach.
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And it's time now for All Tech Considered. Today, a look at social media and the CIA. A group within the agency monitors Facebook updates and tweets from people overseas, up to 5 million a day. Kimberly Dozier got a rare inside look at these operations. She's the intelligence correspondent for the Associated Press, and she joins me in the studio. Welcome.
Two top administrators at Penn State University were in court Monday. They're facing charges in connection with an investigation into alleged sexual abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
YouTube and Disney are starting a small venture together for Disney to produce original content for YouTube. The big video streaming services, such as YouTube, Hulu and Netflix are moving into the area of professionally produced original content. Guy Raz speaks to NPR's Laura Sydell for more.