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Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

NPR | Aug. 26, 2016 1:08 p.m.

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.

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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

NPR | Aug. 26, 2016 10:13 a.m.

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.

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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

NPR | Aug. 25, 2016 4:28 p.m.

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.

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One Professor's Quest To Collect Every Video Game Soda Machine

NPR | Aug. 25, 2016 9:28 a.m.

From Sprunk and Grog to Nuka-Cola and Fountain View, soda machines are everywhere in video games. A researcher says they can serve a dose of nostalgia after the apocalypse.

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He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 2:34 p.m.

Amin Sheikh's new cafe is a rarity in class-stratified India: It's open to people from all walks life. Sheikh is a former street child, and so are many of his employees.

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Yes, America Has A Working Tea Plantation. We Visited It

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 10:16 a.m.

The only commercial tea plantation in the U.S. is located on Wadmalaw Island, S.C. It makes tea from bushes descended from plants first brought here in the 1700s. We chat with its tea taster.

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Craft Distillers Tap Pure Sugar Cane For A Southern Rum Renaissance

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 9:44 a.m.

The South was once a hub for sugar plantations. Now, small rum makers are turning away from molasses, culling fresh sugar cane itself to create smooth, liquors with grassy, woody or floral flavors.

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Bread Grains: The Last Frontier In The Locavore Movement

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 9:19 a.m.

Modern bakeries rely on industrial mills for their flour. But a small and growing number of bakers, chefs and pasta makers are making their own flour with the age-old method of stone milling.

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Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 8:33 a.m.

According to a new study, the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent.

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What Makes A Jam A Jam? Surge In Savory Spreads Presents Riddles For Purists

NPR | Aug. 22, 2016 3:25 p.m.

So-called "savory jams" are experiencing a surge in popularity. But what makes a jam a jam?