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Food Insecurity Increases | "No Compromise" Podcast

Volunteers unload a food truck before the pandemic. Harvesters has had to change how it distributes food to limit exposure to the coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic is increasing food insecurity among young people, and a new podcast now out on NPR explores a family operation generating millions of likes, follows and dollars in the name of gun rights.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:00: Food insecurity is on the rise in the midst of a global pandemic.

Just a few months ago, food insecurity was said to be at its lowest point since before the Great Recession. Now, as many as 18 million children may be not be getting enough to eat and 38% of students at 4-year colleges report experiencing limited or uncertain access to adequate food since the coronavirus struck.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:45: Discover a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights.

A new podcast from the Guns & America team is shining a light on a family of far-right activists who manage more than a dozen nonprofits spread around the country. Together, the Dorr brothers have built a grassroots fundraising empire with messages targeting gun control, abortion rights and pandemic-era face mask rules.

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