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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Stranglehold of Industrial Farming

Friday, May 23, 2014

Factory farms have been blamed for all kinds of problems – from the treatment of the animals they raise and slaughter to the pollution they create to the safety of the meat they produce. But they're also responsible for another problem: The disappearance of small, independent slaughterhouses across the country.

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How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Health officials say online restaurant reviews can turn up unreported foodborne illness outbreaks. In New York City, Yelp reviews led officials to three restaurants with food handling problems.

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Sensitive To Gluten? A Carb In Wheat May Be The Real Culprit

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Many people who don't have celiac disease say they feel better on a gluten-free diet. But scientists say some gut troubles may come from eating fructans and other FODMAP carbs rather than gluten.

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Amish Leave Pa. In Search Of Greener, Less Touristy Pastures

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Dutch draw tourists — and their money — to Lancaster County. But commercialism and development threaten the Amish lifestyle, so some families are moving to more isolated communities.

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Morning Edition

In A Coal Town Where Jobs Are Few, Wild Ramps Are Plenty

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The annual Ramp Feed, which celebrates the ramp, or wild leek, gives the economically depressed mining town of Richwood, W.Va., a reason to celebrate. And you can smell those alliums for miles.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Prions, Parents, Food Markets and the Heroin Market

Thursday, May 22, 2014

On today's show: Nobel Prize-winning neurologist Stanley B. Prusiner talks about how he discovered prions, the infectious proteins in the brain that are responsible for scrapie and mad cow disease. Cartoonist Roz Chast describes her experience caring for her ailing parents. Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast, talks eating strategy at Smorgasburg, Brooklyn's outdoor summer food market. And we’ll find out why New York City has become a hub for the booming heroin trade.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Smorgasburg Smackdown

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The summer food fest takes place Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Leonard Lopate and Sporkful host Dan Pashman each visited one and compare favorites and strategies.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Drink Beer, Support a Farmer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Grains like barley keep our soil healthy, and an explosion in microbrewing has created a local market for them. Chef Dan Barber says that's the kind of synchronicity needed to save our food system.

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The Vegetables Most Americans Eat Are Drowning In Salt And Fat

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Potatoes and tomatoes are nutritious and delicious. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that Americans tend to consume way too many of them in unhealthy ways, like french fries and pizza.

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On The Trail Of Durian, Southeast Asia's 'Crème Brûlée On A Tree'

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A young couple got hooked on durians after one life-changing bite in 2009. And after two years of tracking the stinky sweet fruit through Southeast Asia, they've become experts on durian tourism.

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Oregon Voters Approve Local Bans On GMO Crops

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Despite heavy spending by agribusiness and potential legal hurdles, voters in two rural Oregon counties approved bans on genetically modified crops on Tuesday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The League of Kitchens

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New York City-based cross-cultural cooking workshops taught by immigrant cooks in their homes.

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Morning Edition

Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Growing, Cooking, Eating, Learning

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chef Dan Barber talks about why America needs a radical overhaul in how we eat and farm, and he shares his vision for an integrated system of vegetable, grain, and livestock production that maximizes sustainability, nutrition, and flavor. We’ll find out about cooking classes held in the homes of immigrant cooks from around the world. And we’ll learn how knowing the basics of botany can help us be better gardeners.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Recipe: Sheer Berenj (Rice Pudding)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The familiar sweet creaminess of rice pudding, made extra special with fragrant rose water and cardamom.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Recipe: Burani Bonjon (Eggplant with Yogurt Sauce)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A classic Afghan vegetarian dish, with creamy, fried eggplants stewed in a coriander broth with tomatoes and chile peppers, topped with yogurt sauce and sprinkled with dried mint.

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Lawmakers Seek Delay On Healthy Lunch Rules For Schools

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Some in Congress want to give schools more time to comply with a new law to limit calories and fat and add more veggies to meals. But nutrition advocates say it would roll back healthy gains for kids.

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99% Invisible

115- Cow Tunnels

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The westernmost part of Manhattan, between 34th and 39th street, is pretty industrial. There’s a bus depot, a ferry terminal, and a steady stream of cars. But in the late 19th early 20th centuries, this was cow country.

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Morning Edition

Wave This Scanner Over Your Plate, Get A Nutritional Analysis

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Renee Montagne reports on a tiny hand-held device that you wave over your food and find out the chemical components and calories.

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Breaking Your Kid's Picky Eating Habits

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

If your child's dinner menu starts at crackers and ends at chicken nuggets, you might have a picky eater on your hands. Tell Me More's parenting panel says that can be changed.

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