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.

Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

NPR |Oct. 22, 2014 6:59 a.m.

American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

NPR |Oct. 17, 2014 3:33 p.m.

Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.

At London's Tincan, Eating Canned Fish Is The Height Of Luxury

NPR |Oct. 17, 2014 11:40 a.m.

One of the city's newest restaurants aims to elevate canned fish to an object of desire. There's no kitchen and no chef. The owners argue that tinned goods can be a greener gourmet choice.

A Balanced Diet For World Food Day: Bugs, Groundnuts And Grains

NPR |Oct. 16, 2014 10:41 a.m.

Termites and mung beans are among the ingredients that can bring better nutrition to the 800 million undernourished people in the lower income world.

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.

Australian Novelist Richard Flanagan Awarded Booker Prize

NPR |Oct. 14, 2014 9:33 p.m.

The head of the judge's committee says The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the story of POWs in World War II forced to build the Thailand Burma Railway, is a "magnificent novel of love and war."

Porridge Aficionados Vie To Make Theirs The Breakfast Of Champions

NPR |Oct. 10, 2014 12:33 p.m.

Once derided as Scottish food better suited to horses than people, porridge these days is more cool than gruel. In the U.K., competitions have porridge lovers battling with their best recipes.

Smen Is Morocco's Funky Fermented Butter That Lasts For Years

NPR |Oct. 09, 2014 11:56 a.m.

Like Indian ghee, smen evolved as a way to keep a tasty cooking fat around for a long time. But smen is blessed with a flavor and aroma that's a lot like blue cheese.

Indonesian Cave Paintings As Old As Europe's Ancient Art

NPR |Oct. 08, 2014 12:53 p.m.

Figures found on the walls of a prehistoric cave in Indonesia are at least 35,400 years old or more, scientists say. That might mean the earliest art developed independently in different regions.

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