Alex Schmidt

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Smen Is Morocco's Funky Fermented Butter That Lasts For Years

Thursday, October 09, 2014

If you get a hankering for cheese in the western Maghreb, you may be stuck with an (imported) Laughing Cow triangle wrapped in tinfoil.

Morocco doesn't have much of a dairy tradition, but there's one exception that dates back centuries: It's called smen, and it's a stinky, fermented butter made ...


Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After graduation, a group of college students landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, they will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile.


LA Bicycle Commuters Form 'Bike Trains' For Safety

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A challenge in getting people to bike in big cities is fear of an accident. So a group of activists started a network of bicycle commuters. This story first aired on Weekends on All Things Considered.


Couple Revives Lost Moroccan Fig Liquor, One Bottle At A Time

Monday, July 07, 2014

Jews have made mahia, a spirit made with fermented figs, in Morocco for centuries, but the tradition has all but died out. A New York couple aims to reintroduce the drink that once connected a nation.

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As Banks Open In Schools, A Chance For Students To Learn To Save

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The closest many kids once got to banking was handling colorful Monopoly money. Today, students across the country can go to — and work at — student-run bank branches inside their schools.


Big Sunday Encourages Baby Steps To Volunteerism

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Hollywood writer was fed up with endless rounds of script revisions so he channeled his frustration into a day of volunteerism. From simple roots, his action grew into a nonprofit called Big Sunday.


High-Tech Training Programs Try Deferred Payment System

Monday, March 24, 2014

The U.S. has more high-tech jobs open than it can fill. The problem is many of these programs cost tens of thousands of dollars which makes them out of reach for folks who are out of work.


Roving Literary Death Match Aims To Breathe Life Into Literature

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Imagine writers on stage, squared off in a fight to the death. That's the idea behind Literary Death Match –- kind of. It's a performance series that pits authors against each other in live readings.


Cooking In A Latin-Jewish Melting Pot

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Code Switch has been writing about some overlooked cultural interactions that have helped shape Jewish-American identity, including the history of Latino and Jewish cultures.

We began the series last weekend with a conversation on the largely forgotten era of Latin-Jewish fusion music. Today, guest blogger Alex ...


Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains

Sunday, December 01, 2013

One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass-roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic.

It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She ...