August 16, 2012 Specialty roasters increasingly are working directly with coffee growers around the world to produce coffees as varied in taste as wines. They're teaching their clientele to appreciate the subtle characteristics of brews by bringing cupping, an age-old ritual once limited to coffee insiders, to the coffee-sipping masses.
April 2, 2012 Thiamine mononitrate, disodium inosinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride are just a few of the hard-to-pronounce ingredients in a typical school lunch burger. But some schools are phasing processed food out and are bringing scratch cooking back to their kitchens.
February 24, 2012 When sick people search the Web for remedies or tweet about their symptoms, they're sending an early warning signal about disease outbreaks. Now scientists and public health officials are listening in.
October 31, 2011 The U.N. says today symbolically marks the moment when the world's population reaches 7 billion. A little more than two centuries ago, the global population was 1 billion. How did it grow so big so fast? With the help of a sound montage and video, it gets a bit easier to see how the Earth can produce that kind of a crowd.
October 10, 2011 Imagine the U.S. government saying to the people living around Yellowstone, "You know what? All those wild animals in the park — the grizzlies, the bison, the wolves — they belong to you." This is exactly what the government of Namibia has done in a radical experiment to save wildlife — and the people who share their land.
September 29, 2011 The pawpaw is a tropical-type fruit native to North America with a long and almost forgotten history. Thomas Jefferson once prized it, and now scientists are looking at whether the pawpaw can claim some health benefits, along with cachet. NPR's Tiny Desk Kitchen goes on the hunt for this tasty treat.
September 9, 2011 Countless military personnel return from war each year with invisible wounds like post-traumatic stress disorder. A program in Colorado Springs is helping those individuals reintegrate into civilian life.
July 12, 2011 An "instructional" video shows how astronauts have fun in space.
July 8, 2011 In 1981, when the shuttle program was in its infancy, many thought it seemed unreal. Now, as Atlantis readies to take the program's final flight, scheduled for 11:26 a.m. EDT, space enthusiasts are looking back at the 30 years as a golden chapter in human exploration.
July 5, 2011 No matter who the candidate, it wouldn't be a South Carolina campaign without a visit to The Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg. Candidates including Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush have lined up to order a chili-cheeseburger from blind counterman J.C. Stroble — a Beacon fixture for more than half a century.
July 1, 2011 Tired of the same old burgers and hot dogs for July 4? Barbecue master Steven Raichlen joins Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep to explore some other options. The menu includes cinnamon-speared peaches, Mexican grilled corn, and pulled pork sliders.
June 10, 2011 What started as a personal project has become an internet sensation. And almost overnight photographer Irina Werning went from shooting friends and family to NFL superstar Chris Cooley.
May 19, 2011 Roughly 1 in 3 adult Americans is now obese. And ground zero for the nation's obesity battle is Mississippi — where 7 of 10 adults in the state are either overweight or obese. The problem is most pronounced in Holmes County — the poorest and heaviest in the state.