Worldview: Political turmoil in Italy and fresh cafeteria food

The U.S. government has shutdown but Italy might also be on the verge of collapse. Iranian American Ahmad Sadri joins us to discuss where U.S.-Iranian relations are headed.

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  1. US-Iran relations posed for possible thaw

    Following their speeches at the U.N. last week, U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke with each other over the phone closing the book on decades of silence.  While no promises have been made, the two leaders seem to have opened the door to a new relationship and could soon come to terms on key issues involving Iran's nuclear ambitions and economic sanctions. 

  2. Italy's ruling coalition could be out if Berlusconi has his way 
  3. The U.S. is not the only country where politics and debates over government spending can lead to a shutdown. The Italian government may be on the verge of collapse as well.  A debate over tax cuts and the politics around former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s role in government may mean the tenuous coalition formed earlier this year could end in a no confidence vote on Wednesday.  If that wasn't enough, the president of Italy-based Barilla, the world's largest pasta producer, sparked a boycott of his famed firm last week after saying he would not show gay families in the firm's ads. Worldview producer Alexandra Salomon gives us the nitty gritty details.
  4. EcoMyths: Is Fresh cafeteria food an oxymoron?

    Think beyond the tater tot. Serving fresh cafeteria food is not only possible, it's practical and beneficial, too. Though many school districts haven't yet jumped on the bandwagon, large school districts like those in Chicago and LA have already come a long way in ramping up their healthy selections with the help of onsite edible gardens and increased local farm procurement. Kate Sackman, founder and president of EcoMyths Alliance, and Elizabeth Soper, associate director Eco-Schools USA National Wildlife Federation, join us to discuss the present realities and emerging trends.
  5. Ask a Third Grader...What does 'THING GLOBAL. EAT LOCAL.' mean to you?