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Listeners: So Many Ways to Cook an Avocado

Monday, April 20, 2015

Last week, IBM's Watson computing system instructed Manoush and the Sporkful's Dan Pashman to cook an avocado. It was delicious. We wanted more.Thank goodness for our listeners. 
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The Sporkful

Comic Ron Funches' Autistic Son Loves Oreos With Bacon

Monday, April 20, 2015

The popular comedian talks about trying to eat healthier and the frustrations of getting his autistic son to do the same. Plus Ron explains why comedy is a lot like cooking.

This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The system, a pair of robotic arms, learned to cook by mimicking the motions of a top chef. Even though it can't smell or taste, its maker says the robot should be able to make 2,000 meals by 2017.

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All Things Considered

Late Chicago Chef Sought To Open 'A New Page In Gastronomy'

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A star of molecular gastronomy, Homaro Cantu, 38, took his own life this week. Cantu owned a Michelin-starred restaurant, but he also wanted to cure world hunger and improve Americans' eating habits.

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Culinary Siblings Give Pasta A Healthy Makeover

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In a low-carb world, pasta has issues. But it's poised for a comeback, say Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali, who talk with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about their cookbook, Healthy Pasta.

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Brooklyn Brewery Dares Diners To Eat Like Dutch Settlers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pass the salt pork! A brewery in New York took diners back in time with local dishes from the 1650s. That means a lot of venison, sumac, fried dough and — don't worry — beer.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

412: Pig Tales: A True Story of Smart Pigs, Dumb Farmers and The American Pork Industry

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pigs are smart enough to play computer games and regulate a thermostat, yet they are raised in the worst possible conditions by the pork industry. To get both sides of the story, we chat with Barry Estabrook, author of Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat. We’ll taste brown rice, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make better Rice Pilaf. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

Friday, April 17, 2015

Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.

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Running A Marathon? How To Eat and Drink So You Don't Hit The Wall

Friday, April 17, 2015

There's only so much fuel you can store before a big race. A performance nutrition expert gives us the rub on how to optimize carb-loading to avoid the miserable experience of running out of fuel.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Losing Faith, First-Gen College Students & NYC Pizza

Friday, April 17, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Losing Faith (First) | First-Gen College Students (Starts at 16:01) | NYC's Pizza Evolution (Starts at 36:10)
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#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food

Friday, April 17, 2015

We highlight a 160-mile cycling race, reminiscences of an interview with the Oklahoma City bomber, the Finnish prison system, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the meaning of calling someone "trash."

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The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine Born Of U.S. Prejudice

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fried yellow chilis. Baja-style fish. Not the typical Chinese restaurant fare, unless you're near the U.S.-Mexico border. The reasons why go back to an 1882 law enacted to keep Chinese out of the U.S.

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The Takeaway

Watson: The Culinary Computer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sure, IBM's artificially intelligent computer system, Watson, can win Jeopardy. But can he make dinner?

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Morning Edition

How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Filming the Police, Jane Goodall's Lifelong Work, A Culinary Computer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the state of technology and policing in America, Dr. Jane Goodall drops by to discuss her new film, and we cook up a recipe from IBM's supercomputer Watson.

Nut So Fast, Kind Bars: FDA Smacks Snacks On Health Claims

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The FDA has issued a warning letter to Kind about the labeling of its fruit-and-nut snack bars. It argues that the bars contain too much fat to bear the label "healthy" printed on the wrapper.

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All Things Considered

Street Food No More: Bug Snacks Move To Store Shelves In Thailand

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Many Thais, and others around the world, eat insects. An entrepreneur is trying to expand the market in Thailand by bringing deep-fried insects off the street and into convenience and gourmet shops.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Slice of History: Pizza in NYC

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The first time "pizza" was mentioned in The New York Times was in 1944. Pizza enthusiast Scott Wiener delves into the introduction of the Italian staple to the city.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Micropolis - Eat With Your Hands

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Forget the forks, knives and spoons. Arun Venugopal kicked off his live series on food, culture and race by showing us – with the help of guests – how Indian food is meant to be eaten.

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Morning Edition

Fun With Physics: Finding The Speed Of Light With Peeps

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When your Peeps have gone stale, it's time to donate their marshmallow bodies to science — specifically, for measuring the speed of light.

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