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Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

NPR | March 27, 2015 5 a.m.

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food, may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.

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How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

NPR | March 26, 2015 8:22 a.m.

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

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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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Vanilla, Nutmeg Spice And Everything Nice On A Zanzibar Farm

NPR | March 25, 2015 6:21 a.m.

Three spices that grow on Zanzibar are so common they might be flavoring your morning cup of coffee. But vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg have very different origins.

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Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers Binge Eat

NPR | March 24, 2015 7:10 a.m.

What's behind the curious food fad of mukbang, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.

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Liberte, Egalite, Gastronomie? France Rallies To Defend Its Food's Honor

NPR | March 23, 2015 11:31 a.m.

With fast food now a staple at home and Danish and Spanish chefs in the limelight, France's culinary supremacy is no longer a given. The government has launched a defense of French food traditions.

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'13 Men,' No Clear Answers: Digging Into An Indian Gang Rape Case

NPR | March 22, 2015 4:03 p.m.

Last year, a woman in rural India said that she'd been gang-raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Foleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.

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After Students Went To Wage Jihad, Teacher Highlights Youth Radicalization

NPR | March 21, 2015 4:41 p.m.

A German-Syrian religious studies teacher was shocked when she heard that five of her former students had left Germany to join jihadist groups in Syria. "It felt like a personal defeat," she says.

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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?

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This Spanish Pig-Slaughtering Tradition Is Rooted In Sustainability

NPR | March 18, 2015 3:27 p.m.

In Spanish villages, townspeople gather at dawn to collectively slaughter a pig, then prepare every last bit as food, even the ears. The ancient ritual, called matanza, is now drawing foodie tourists.