This Christmas, when lots of folks are thinking about others, we unwrap our conversation with Fred Bahnson, author of “Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith,” touching on his spiritual journey through agriculture and how some faith-based organizations are re-energizing the conversation around hunger and poverty.

We talk with Janet Poppendieck, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York and author of “Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement,” about the complexities of food charities, governmental food programs, and the overall condition of our economy, our nations growing poor, and the stark realities of inequality we all need to face.