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Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

NPR | July 31, 2015 10:14 p.m.

Many of the processed foods that we eat — and the way they're made — were invented not for us, but for soldiers, says the author of the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

NPR | July 30, 2015 5:49 a.m.

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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Beyond Fat-Free And Frozen: The Myriad Ways The World Uses Yogurt

NPR | July 23, 2015 10:51 a.m.

Across the globe, the culinary culture of yogurt is ancient, thriving and incredibly diverse. From camel's milk yogurt to yogurt vodka, fish marinades to baked goods, yogurt is a versatile superstar.

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Archie Comics Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies At 86

NPR | July 22, 2015 9:55 a.m.

A long-time contributor to the Archie franchise has died in his hometown of El Paso.

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What Ever Happened To The Boozy Cake In 'To Kill A Mockingbird'?

NPR | July 19, 2015 5:45 a.m.

In Harper Lee's classic first novel, Scout Finch's neighbor is known for her Lane cakes. But it's now hard to find this Southern layered sponge cake filled with raisins and whiskey anywhere.

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Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

NPR | July 18, 2015 3:33 p.m.

They're billboards for sexual favors, says ecologist Stephen Buchmann. But get your minds out of the dirt: We're talking pollination — and it's played a surprising role in global trade and history.

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'Go Set A Watchman' Is A Revelation On Race, Not A Disappointment

NPR | July 16, 2015 8:02 a.m.

If Mockingbird gave us a South that could be read in terms of black and white, Watchman reveals the gray complexity that is the real Dixie.

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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

NPR | July 15, 2015 8:25 a.m.

Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." But, after taking a deeper look, he's changed his mind. Casarett's new book is Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.

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A Tribute To John Williams, The Man Who Wrote 'I Am'

NPR | July 13, 2015 7:14 p.m.

John Williams tackled difficult issues of race in novels and poetry. He used his writing to challenge assumptions about African-Americans, including civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr.

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'Bloom County 2015': Berkeley Breathed Revives Comic Strip

NPR | July 13, 2015 11:57 a.m.

Breathed won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Bloom County back in 1987; two years later, he quit producing it.