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Grass: It's What's For Dinner (3.5 Million Years Ago)

Monday, June 03, 2013

If you want to go paleo in your diet, invest in a lawn mower. An examination of fossilized teeth from early humans and their ancient forebears reveals our ancestors switched from an ape diet of fruits and leaves to eating grasses and sedges about 3.5 million years ago.

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Sandwich Monday: Dunkin' Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich

Monday, June 03, 2013

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the new Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin' Donuts. It's only in Boston, but a taste this disgustingly delicious won't stay local for long.

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Wal-Mart Pledges Fresher Produce By Cutting Out The Middleman

Monday, June 03, 2013

The retailing giant says it will launch training for 70,000 associates to help them spot fruits and vegetables that should no longer be on shelves. The move follows complaints that understaffing was leading to low-quality produce of dubious freshness in stores.

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Sushi Chef Was Confidant To North Korea's Kim Jong Il

Monday, June 03, 2013

Little is known about the men who have led North Korea. But one person with great insights into Kim Jong Il and his successor Kim Jong Un is a Japanese sushi chef. He provided Kim Jong Il both sushi and loyalty for many years. Renee Montagne talks to novelist Adam Johnson about his encounter with the chef, which he writes about in the latest issue of GQ magazine.

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France Sells Presidential Wines To Update Palace Wine Cellar

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Some of the finest wines from the cellar of the Elysee presidential palace in France were auctioned off Thursday and Friday. Proceeds from the auction will be used to reinvest in more modest wines from up-and-coming young wine growers.

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Specials

Hidden Kitchens: The Raw & The Cooked

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday, 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday, 2pm on AM820 and Sunday, 7am on AM820, 8pm on AM820.

An hour-long journey into the world of clandestine cooking, kitchen rituals and traditions. Tales of kitchens that suddenly pop up, kitchens that stay underground to survive, kitchens that are the keepers of a culture. Cooking traditions that spring from the most unlikely moments of history. Hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand

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Nordic Diet Could Be Local Alternative To Mediterranean Diet

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest styles of eating in the world. But in many regions, including Denmark and Sweden, it's not easy to follow when olive oil is hard to find. Now Nordic researchers are exploring the health benefits of a Nordic diet, based on local foods like herring and bilberries.

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Can A Huge Hog Deal Pose A National Security Risk?

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Chinese company plans to buy U.S. pork giant Smithfield Foods for nearly $5 billion. The deal may undergo review by an interagency panel known as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. The panel has played a significant role in shaping foreign investments in this country for nearly four decades.

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Michigan Tracks Cattle From Birth To Plate

Friday, May 31, 2013

Would you like to know the life history of that steak before you eat it? Technology exists to give you that information, at least in Michigan, where the state government requires all cattle to carry an electronic tag for tracking purposes.

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No, Frosted Mini-Wheats Won't Make Your Kids Smarter

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Breakfast foods purveyor Kellogg has agreed to create a $4 million fund to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it ran a deceptive marketing campaign for the sugary treat. The ads, which ran several years ago, claimed eating the cereal boosted kids' attentiveness by nearly 20 percent — but the science didn't back that up.

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Congress Poised To Make Crop Insurance Subsidies More Generous

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Farmers have been getting these government checks for years. Essentially, insurance allows farmers to lock in price guarantees — while taxpayers foot 60 percent of the premiums. Critics say such subsidies help the rich get richer and minimize risk so much, they incentivize farming on marginal lands.

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Beets At The Root Of This Honey And Tarragon Cocktail

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bartender Chad Phillips developed the "Beet Me in St. Louis" cocktail for his fiance. It combines two things they bonded over early in their relationship: Beefeater Gin and beets.

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Kellogg's Agrees To Settlement In Frosted Mini-Wheats Suit

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Robert Siegel speaks with Tim Blood, managing partner of the law firm Blood, Hurst & O'Reardon, about the class-action suit accusing Kellogg's of making false claims in its Frosted Mini-Wheats advertisements, as well as other cases he's pursued. Blood talks about what kind of people file these suits, and why.

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GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How Did It Get There?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

An Oregon farmer discovered the genetically engineered wheat growing in his field about a month ago. Nobody knows how it got there, how widely it has spread, or whether it has been in fields harvested for food. GMO wheat is not approved for sale in the U.S.

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Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

It isn't clear yet whether U.S. regulators will approve the takeover of the iconic American company by China's Shuanghui International. There are concerns that Shuanghui could ratchet up production to feed the growing demand for meat in China.

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'Soda Mouth' Can Look A Lot Like 'Meth Mouth'

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lesions on the teeth of crack and methamphetamine addicts have a lot in common with those on the teeth of people addicted to soda, a dental researcher writes in a case study. But even people who wouldn't consider themselves "soda addicts" are at risk of dental erosion, he says.

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Cooking With Cicadas: No Weirder Than Eating Cheese?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We know, eating bugs sounds strange, but 2 billion people already do it — and the U.N. has made the case for insects as a key protein source. For U.S. East Coasters, the coming of the 17-year cicadas provides an opportunity to cook with bugs. If you want to try your hand at it, there's a cookbook to guide your way.

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Pot Brownies Should Be Childproofed, Doctors Say

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Unlike drugs that come in bottles, pot cookies and other marijuana edibles don't come in child-resistant packaging. But in Colorado, which legalized medical marijuana in 2000, doctors say they should, since kids are unintentionally ingesting adults' doped-up treats.

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Personalized Coca-Colas, But Not If Your Name Is Mohammed Or Maria

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

As part of its new marketing campaign, the beverage giant is printing popular first names on labels of Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero. But already, there's a backlash from people left feeling excluded.

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Smithfield Foods To Be Sold To Chinese Firm For $4.72 Billion

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The makers of Smithfield Ham, an icon on America's culinary scene for decades, are selling the company to Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, for nearly $5 billion in cash. The deal also includes an exchange of debt.

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