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Wake Up And Smell The Caffeine. It's A Powerful Drug

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Around the world, many of us start our day with a drug derived from a natural insecticide: caffeine. Murray Carpenter tells the tale in Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Do Lobsters and Squid Feel Pain?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New research indicates that invertebrates we like to eat—like lobsters, squid, octopi and crabs—may feel pain. Tamar Stelling talks about that research and about her article “Do Lobsters And Other Invertebrates Feel Pain?” which appeared in the Washington Post.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

U.S.-Russian Relations; Catherine Deneuve; Sarah Ruhl's Play "Stage Kiss"; Lobsters and Pain; Bananas

Thursday, March 13, 2014

On today’s show: Russia expert Angela Stent, who served as an adviser to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, gives us her take on the unfolding situation in Ukraine and the other issues that are affecting U.S.-Russian relations. Catherine Deneuve, who’s been called “France’s greatest actress,” talks about her new film, “On My Way.” Sarah Ruhl tells us about "Stage Kiss,” her new play about two actors with a past who are cast as romantic leads,blurring the line between acting and real-life. We’ll take a look at a new study that shows that lobsters, squid and crabs feel pain. And we'll find out how the expected merger between Chiquita and Irish fruit seller Fyffes may affect the banana industry.

Water-To-Wine Machine Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

News media were quick to report on a $499 "Miracle Machine" that could turn water into wine. The science sounded suspect to us, with good reason. The perpetrators call it a sham for charity's sake.

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Who Says Food Porn Has To Be Dominated By Junk Food?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Carrots don't stand much of a chance against cronuts when it comes to tweets and Instagrams about food. The new Food Porn Index aims to change the conversation by tracking our virtual cravings.

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Spirited Sweets For St. Patrick's (Or Any) Day

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The typical green-themed cookie or cupcake is no match for these alcohol-infused treats. Celebrate with Kahlua cake, a mint-liqueur milkshake, wine-soaked fruit salad or beer-glazed bacon candy.

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Save The Escargot! Snail-Devouring Predator Rears Its Head In France

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The New Guinea flatworm is a vicious little thing with an appetite for snails. Its discovery in Normandy has raised concerns about the fate of Europe's snails — and France's famed mollusk appetizer.

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For A Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need The Motion Of The Ocean

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The longer bourbon ages, the richer its flavor and color. Now, an artisan Kentucky distiller is speeding up nature by sending barrels on boat journeys on the high seas. How does it work? Chemistry.

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Morning Edition

Tiny Sushi Is A Big Hit At Tokyo Restaurant

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The sushi is so small customers might need tweezers rather than chopsticks to eat it. That's because the sushi is made with a single grain of rice. It started out as a joke but customers loved it.

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Morning Edition

Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Brooklyn waste treatment plant has become an unlikely lab for an ambitious effort to turn millions of tons of food scraps from New York City's apartments and restaurants into renewable energy.

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The Sporkful

Weird Al Yankovic: The Sporkful Interview

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dan sits down with the one and only "Weird Al" Yankovic, the man behind "Eat It," "Fat," "My Balogna," and so many other classic food-related parody songs.

All Things Considered

What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia

Monday, March 10, 2014

The soft drink giant is one of the few big U.S. firms with major investments in Russia. And the reasons why say a lot about why the U.S. has less leverage in Russia than it might like.

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All Things Considered

Freshly Baked Art: Cookies That Are A Feast For The Eyes

Monday, March 10, 2014

For an online community of crafty bakers, a cookie is more than just a crumbly delight. They're taking cookie decorating to new heights of intricacy, from carnival carousels to beach-themed treats.

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Sandwich Monday: The Dunkin' Donuts Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich

Monday, March 10, 2014

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a bold new idea from Dunkin' Donuts: an Eggs Benedict sandwich. Finally, a gourmet brunch the same diameter as your cup holder.

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The Upside Of All This Cold? A Boom In Ice Cider

Monday, March 10, 2014

Canada invented ice cider in the '90s. Now it's becoming trendy and Vermont wants to cash in, too. The frigid winter has been just the stuff to turn the state's frozen apples into tasty dessert wine.

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A Theme Park For Foodies? Italians Say Bologna

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Eataly food emporium plans to open a $55 million theme park in Italy, devoted to the nation's culinary pleasures. Some have dubbed it the "Disneyland of food," but Italians aren't impressed.

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Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads And Eat 'Em Up Instead. Yum!

Friday, March 07, 2014

If you really want to fight food waste, eat fish heads, the U.N. says. They're nutritious and delicious, but most fish heads get thrown back in the sea as trash or turned into livestock feed.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: The Secret, Highly Processed Life of Orange Juice

Friday, March 07, 2014

By the time not-from-concentrate orange juice reaches grocery store shelves, it's had the oxygen stripped from it and "flavor packs" added back in. Even the amount of vitamin C listed on the container isn't quite accurate.

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Morning Edition

States Fight California's Chicken Cage Law. But It's Really About Bacon

Friday, March 07, 2014

Six state attorneys general are suing California over its law on how hens are housed. Among those most worried: Pig farmers who fear the state will push through sweeping changes on pig stalls next.

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All Things Considered

Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

A report finds that azodicarbonamide wasn't just in Subway's bread: It's in hundreds of foods. While it has been linked to asthma in factory workers, the additive poses no known risk to consumers.

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