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Forget Turkey, This Thanksgiving Dig Into Northwest Oysters

OPB | Nov. 25, 2015 midnight

Connoisseurs say oysters can take on flavors of melon, cucumber and mushroom. Experts say its taste is all dependent on where the mollusk lives.

Arts | Science | Environment | Food | Nation | Books

Don't Toss That Sour Milk! And Other Tips To Cut Kitchen Food Waste

NPR | Sept. 23, 2015 7:57 p.m.

NPR's Marc Silver lost his mother-in-law in 2005. But she remains a presence at family meals this Jewish holiday season, through his dogged trial-and-error attempts to re-create her favorite treats.

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After Denali, Should Oregon Change Mount Hood's Name?

OPB | Sept. 1, 2015 2:57 p.m.

Think Out Loud considers the idea of renaming Oregon's Mount Hood after Mount McKinley was renamed its traditional name, Denali.

Environment | News | local | History

Remembering 'The Big Burn' That Scorched The West

OPB | Aug. 19, 2015 10:44 a.m.

Thursday is the 105th anniversary of what's been dubbed "The Big Burn," a devastating wildfire that burned three million acres in Washington, Idaho and Montana, killing 80 people and changing the entire U.S. approach to forest fires.

Arts | Environment | Oregon Lens

The Gasp Moment: Video Producers Get Mind-Blowing Images Of Local Landscapes

OPB | Aug. 13, 2015 11:17 a.m.

In three videos being screened for “Oregon Lens,” Uncage the Soul takes viewers to the Oregon coast, the Sandy Ice Caves and through the streets of Portland. 

Environment | Food | Nation | Health

Lunch, Not Landfill: Nonprofit Rescues Produce Rejected At U.S. Border

NPR | April 10, 2015 12:57 p.m.

Each year, millions of pounds of Mexican produce are rejected just past the border even though they're tasty and edible. Instead of the landfill, they're now going to needy families across the U.S.

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Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

NPR | March 26, 2015 2:42 p.m.

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.

World | Environment | Food | Science

Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

NPR | March 25, 2015 10:29 a.m.

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.

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Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Now Munching On Bug Cuisine

NPR | March 23, 2015 1:27 p.m.

At an event to honor the modern-day science hero, $15,000 worth of edible insects were on the menu. So Tyson was willing — if not exactly eager — to explore the delicacies on offer. For science.

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For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

NPR | March 20, 2015 12:47 p.m.

For the first time, scientists have estimated how much antibiotics livestock consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?