Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field near Fritchton, Ind., last summer.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
May 1, 2013 Corn and soybean farmers not only survived last year's epic drought — thanks to crop insurance, they made bigger profits than they would have in a normal year, a new analysis finds. And a big chunk of those profits were provided through taxpayer subsidies.
Clucking all the way to the bank: A hen models a polka-dot diaper from MyPetChicken.com, a multimillion-dollar business that sells everything from chicken caviar treats to day-old birds.
Courtesy of MyPetChicken.com
May 1, 2013 As urban chicken farms grow in popularity, many people are bringing the birds into their homes. They need the right equipment to keep them clean. So several businesses have popped up online, offering everything from custom-sized diapers and leash-ready saddles to chicken caviar.
A truckload of live turkeys arrives at a Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., in 2011. Most turkeys in the U.S. are regularly given low doses of antibiotics.
May 1, 2013 Turkey producers contend that they use antibiotics judiciously to help keep their flocks healthy.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/180045788/180240185" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
May 1, 2013 Famous for its grain, pork products and black truffles, this region's cuisine exemplifies the cardinal virtues of all Italian cooking: simplicity, tradition and respect for fresh, local ingredients. Food writer Tom Gilbert recalls his time there with recipes for pasta, soup and salad.
Wrigley says its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum gives consumers the power to control how much caffeine they get.
April 30, 2013 Wrigley's new caffeinated gum has raised eyebrows at the FDA, which is worried about the potential health impacts on children and teens.
American farms like this iceberg lettuce field owned by Duda Farm Fresh Foods outside Salinas, Calif., are facing a dwindling supply of farmworkers from rural Mexico.
April 30, 2013 Many farmers are cheering government proposals to give thousands of seasonal farmworkers a path to legal status. But even if the bill passes, it won't solve the long-term trend of fewer migrants coming north to work on U.S. farms. Farmers will instead have to learn how to do more with less immigrant labor.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/180053057/180116777" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
April 30, 2013 The French may have a global reputation as gastronomes, but the majority of their restaurant spending now goes to fast food chains, a new survey finds. The change comes amid shrinking lunch breaks and growing laxity among the French when it comes to their famously rigid food culture rules.
What is a "tea blend?"
Sasha/Courtesy of Adagio Teas
April 29, 2013 It looks like tea is joining the ranks of fan fiction and fan art as an option for expressing your love for the likes of everything from Downton Abbey and Doctor Who to Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. One company is selling crowdsourced fandom blends inspired by customers' favorite TV shows, books, movies and comics.
April 29, 2013 Is your bikini a few sizes too big? Try this. We re-create the latest dessert sandwich from Carl's Jr. using items procured from our office vending machine.
Berkshire pigs on Happy Hula Farm, a member of the Eden Farms collective.
Amy Mayer/Iowa Public Radio
April 29, 2013 Pork producers looking for more financial stability than the commodity market affords are trying their luck with specialty hog breeds. These pigs, raised on small farms, with limited antibiotics, cost more to raise but fetch more at market. And many say they make for tastier pork.
April 27, 2013 Throughout the region that was once the Ottoman empire, people make coffee pretty much the same way: using coffee beans ground into a fine powder, then boiled in a little brass pot. But ordering "Turkish" coffee today doesn't go over well in some Balkan or eastern Mediterranean countries that have some lingering anti-Turkish feelings.
Many believe that humanity's caffeine addiction has wrought a lot of good.
April 26, 2013 Historians tell us that caffeine in coffee helped Western civilization "sober up" and get down to business. Now scientific research shows that at low doses, caffeine improves performance on mental tasks, especially in people who are already tired.
April 26, 2013 All this week on The Salt and on Morning Edition, we've explored the stories behind your ritual cup of joe. Watch archived video of our Coffee Week conversation in our first Google+ Hangout.
April 26, 2013 In the 1880s, it took a German immigrant to change America's pastime forever. Chris Von der Ahe founded the St. Louis Browns and later helped form a new baseball league. Author Edward Achorn recalls baseball's early days in his new book.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/179242101/179501410" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Jerry Seinfeld knows what this is. Now Steve Inskeep does as well.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
April 26, 2013 When the comedian asked the NPR host whether he knew what a macchiato is, Inskeep had to confess he didn't. And this happened during Morning Edition's "coffee week!" Seinfeld was amused. Inskeep says he's now going to go try one of the coffee drinks.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/179229883/179223835" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor