Amidst NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport

NPR |Sept. 19, 2014 2:25 p.m.

It's the start of the season and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

NPR |Sept. 18, 2014 1:33 p.m.

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say its a win for consumers, trees and animals.

Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

NPR |Sept. 17, 2014 2:53 p.m.

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners can alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

A Scientist's Journey From Beer To Microbiology To Bourbon Making

NPR |Sept. 16, 2014 8:08 a.m.

When his homebrew tasted bad, a college student decided to pursue microbiology. After more than a decade as a scientist, he's going back to brewing — but this time, he's moving up to bourbon.

Sandwich Monday: Lay's Cappuccino Potato Chips

NPR |Sept. 15, 2014 12:18 p.m.

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the new cappuccino-flavored potato chips from Lay's. They sound gross, but are they gross? We'll just go ahead and tell you: yes they are.

Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

NPR |Sept. 13, 2014 9:47 a.m.

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.

From Cotton Candy To Cat Pee: Decoding Tasting Notes In Honey

NPR |Sept. 12, 2014 8:14 a.m.

A California researcher wants to give honey the same nuanced flavor vocabulary as wine and coffee. The flavor wheel she and her testers created is certainly a conversation starter.

Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared To Four Years Ago

NPR |Sept. 12, 2014 6:07 a.m.

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

NPR |Sept. 11, 2014 9:34 a.m.

In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.

Tax Breaks May Turn San Francisco's Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms

NPR |Sept. 09, 2014 3:03 p.m.

San Francisco is one of many U.S. cities rolling out incentives to grow food on unused land. But some San Franciscans argue that land should be used to address the acute affordable housing shortage.

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