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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.

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Morning Edition

How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.

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All Things Considered

Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

Monday, August 03, 2015

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.

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Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

Monday, August 03, 2015

Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.

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All Things Considered

Heavy Loads Of Pollen May Shift Flight Plans Of The Bumblebee

Monday, August 03, 2015

Foraging bumblebees can pick up nearly half their weight in pollen before heading home to the hive, research shows. All that weight tucked into hollows on their hind legs can complicate flying.

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Operavore

Someone's Cooking at the Opera

Monday, August 03, 2015

When opera singers or actors are called on to cook on stage, their job suddenly gets far more complicated – whether it's frying bacon or cleaning a fish.
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The Sporkful

The REAL Sausage King of Chicago (Live from Chicago Pt. 1)

Monday, August 03, 2015

Live on stage from Chicago! Hot Doug explains why he turned down millions and closed his famous sausage shop, and one of the top chefs in the world reveals his favorite candy.

All Things Considered

Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.

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Scientists Make The Case For A 6th Taste — But It's Less Than Tasty

Sunday, August 02, 2015

They call it "oleogustus," or the taste for fat. But nutrition scientist Rick Mattes says it's far from delicious. Found in rancid food, it's often an unpleasant warning.

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Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

Sunday, August 02, 2015

A classic French dish, confit de canard was originally a way to preserve meat, and traditional recipes can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.

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At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.

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To Ease An Economic Meltdown, Zimbabwe Considers Returning Farmland

Saturday, August 01, 2015

In 2000, the country launched a campaign that seized thousands of white-owned farms. The move helped send Zimbabwe into an economic tailspin. But now, some of those farmers may get that land back.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

423: Chimps Who Cook: At Jane Goodall’s Congo Sanctuary, Chimps are Cooking Up Dinner

Friday, July 31, 2015

Along with man's ability to use tools and language, cooking has long been accepted as a defining skill that separates mankind from the animal kingdom. This week we explore the Congo, where chimps prefer cooked to raw food, understand the cooking process, and are willing to wait to eat a cooked meal. We'll taste low sodium chicken broth, and we'll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik about food from the past. Then we'll head into the test kitchen to uncover the secrets to making spicy Peri Peri Chicken. And of course, we'll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Friday, July 31, 2015

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.

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Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

Friday, July 31, 2015

Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.

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Road Trip with WNYC

Beach Day Edition: The Man Who Made 5 Million Burritos

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Sporkful debates burrito construction and the LA/SF rivalry with MaxFun's Jesse Thorn and Good Food's Evan Kleiman. Plus Matt Yglesias compares Chipotle burritos to iPhones.

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The Takeaway

Philly Faux Pas: Presidential Candidates & The Cheesesteak Test

Friday, July 31, 2015

A word of advice to presidential candidates: when on the campaign trial, eat the local food like the locals do. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Deterring Cyber Attacks, Cecil's Missing Hunter, and Sudanese Music In War

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Takeaway explores the American intelligence community's response to hacking, the current situation around Cecil the Lion's missing hunter, and a new documentary on life in Sudan.

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps 'Detox,' Too

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.

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Artists Transform Coffee Spills Into Masterpieces

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

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