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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Pig Poop Is Getting into Iowa's Drinking Water

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"The problem is that the soil itself is saturated, at this point, with manure."

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How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears' Paws Off Campers' Hamburgers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The park's bears have developed a taste for human food, and that's gotten them in big trouble. But efforts to teach campers to lock up food are helping solve the problem, a bear hair analysis shows.

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Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Some farmers have long sworn by mellow tunes to boost Bessie's milk production. The science is hardly conclusive. But a study hints at what might top the barnyard playlist. (Psst: They liked R.E.M.)

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Beer As A Post-Workout Recovery Drink? Not As Crazy As It Sounds

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A company claims to have created a "fit beer" that can help replenish the body after a workout. We turned to science to see if beer and exercise can really go hand-in-hand. The answer? Yes – and no.

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Chipotle Says There's No 'Guacapocalypse' Looming

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Yes, climate change raises the risk that avocados will become extra pricey. But Chipotle says that news reports suggesting it could be forced to drop guacamole from the menu are vastly overstated.

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Features

Eat Plants And Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy On The Meat, Study Says

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A new study cautions that eating a diet rich in animal proteins could be as harmful to health as smoking. Not quite, other researchers say, but it's still a good idea to go heavy on the greens.

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Salt Cod: The Prosciutto Of The Sea?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Why eat preserved cod when fresh is so readily available? The salt transforms it into savory, complex comfort food, and nearly every country bordering the Atlantic Ocean has a version of it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The State of Iraq; Life in the Minor-Leagues; Edmind White's Paris; Corporate Control of the Nation's Meat

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali talks about why his countrymen maintain a strong sense of national identity, despite increasing sectarianism and pervasive government corruption. John Feinstein takes us inside the colorful world of Triple-A minor-league baseball. Edmund White talks about moving to Paris in 1983, and how he fell in love with the city and its culture during the 15 years he lived and wrote there. And we’ll find out how a few large companies control most of the country’s meat supply, and why that’s hurting both consumers and farmers alike.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Chickens Go in and Nuggets Come Out

Wednesday, March 05, 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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