Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

NPR |Oct. 30, 2014 9:04 a.m.

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.

Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

NPR |Oct. 29, 2014 1:49 p.m.

Vance Crowe, 32, has a tough assignment: reach out to millennials, many of whom are skeptical of GMOs. Crowe says the company can do a better job of listening to their concerns.

Book News: Young Adult And Kids' Lit Boost E-Book Revenue

NPR |Oct. 29, 2014 7:59 a.m.

From January to July, e-book revenue grew 7.5 percent compared with the same period last year. Also: R.L. Stine tweets a horror, and poets slip into something a bit sexier.

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

NPR |Oct. 25, 2014 8:57 a.m.

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

NPR |Oct. 24, 2014 8:47 a.m.

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

NPR |Oct. 22, 2014 7:05 a.m.

Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.

Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

NPR |Oct. 21, 2014 9:05 a.m.

If you're sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It's bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.

Amid The Chaos Of Debt Collection, 'Bad Paper' Offers A Riveting Roadmap

NPR |Oct. 19, 2014 2:32 a.m.

It's not often that a book can mix machetes with hedge funds. Then again, few industries are as chaotic, and compelling, as debt collection — which Jake Halpern's book reveals in alarming detail.

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

NPR |Oct. 15, 2014 4:01 p.m.

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

Should You Stock Up On Chocolate Bars Because Of Ebola?

NPR |Oct. 15, 2014 5:43 a.m.

The virus has already caused one spike in chocolate prices, because cocoa is grown in countries that border Ebola-stricken Liberia and Guinea. Prices went back down — for the moment.

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