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Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:58

A Canadian scholar was unimpressed with the cookbooks available for people on food stamps in the U.S. So she decided to come up with her own set of tips and recipes for eating well on $4 a day.

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VIDEO: Essure birth control unsafe - Brockovich

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:49
Erin Brockovich is among the leading voices claiming pharmaceutical giant Bayer's Essure sterilisation procedure has injured thousands of women.

BMJ 'right' in statins claims row

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:25
An investigation backs the British Medical Journal's handling of two controversial and inaccurate articles it ran on the harms of cholesterol-reducing statins.

GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:21

An analyst says GM might have benefited from the safety recalls that brought customers back to its dealerships. Many automakers saw strong gains compared to last year.

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The boy on a beach with an RPG

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:12
Shock at a video of a boy on a beach firing an RPG

Seven singular sports from the Victorian era

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:07
Author Jeremy Clay on seven singular sports from the Victorian era

Bolt helps Jamaica reach 4x100m final

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:04
Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, starts his Glasgow 2014 campaign by helping Jamaica reach the men's 4x100m relay final.

Peak Index: The history behind the rise, and rise, and rise of kale

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:04

There is a phrase in economics ... when something has hit its high, saturated the market, it's peaked. We're starting a new economic indicator on our show, and we're saying it, we've reached Peak KaleWriter Jane Black explains



If you were a foodie at the dawn of the twentieth century - though, no one would call you a foodie - you probably would have paid attention to what Horace Fletcher had to say.

Fletcher was a wealthy businessman. But he was neither a scientist nor a chef. Still, he pioneered 'Fletcherizing,' or chewing each bite 32 times. It was soon accepted as a key to good health. "Nature will castigate those who don't masticate!" he warned.

The concept seems ridiculous today. But each food fad is a reflection of its time.

Now, we have kale: glamorous but respected; sexy but not in a cookie-cutter way. The Cate Blanchett of vegetables. Like any starlet that has hit the big time, kale is everywhere. It bumps romaine out of Caesar salads. It curls across pizzas and alongside locally raised pork chops. It's the muse for part-cookbook, part-love letter, 50 Shades of Kale.

Why kale? Why now?

To its credit, kale has a vibrant history. It emerged in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. By the Middle Ages, it became so popular in England and Scotland, 'kale' became another word for "dinner." During World War II, Britain urged home gardeners to grow kale for its "Dig for Victory" campaign.   Today it offers those who cook it a badge of honor. Rightly or wrongly, it signals a cook’s commitment to farm to table values, like buying local and, of course, eating your vegetables.

Yet, with every fad comes the inevitable backlash. The first haters are beginning to attack not kale’s pretensions of grandeur but its health credentials. Apparently, all those raw kale salads are a waste. To get the nutrients, you need to cook the stuff.

Yet, with every fad comes the inevitable backlash. The first people to hate on kale claimed it wasn't as healthy as everyone said. Then, they said .... 'only really snooty people eat it.'

Unlike France, Italy and China, the U.S. goes through food fads faster than a box of $4 cupcakes at an office party. So those critiques matter. And before kale was the "it" vegetable, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, portobello mushrooms and celery root each wore the heavy crown.

Still, the backlash has yet to change people's minds about kale. There's a petition on Change.org to make the first Wednesday of October National Kale Day. Folk artist Bo Muller-Moore is locked in a trademark battle with Chick-fil-A to allow him to keep selling T-shirts that read "Eat More Kale."

If the ubiquitous raw kale salad can't live up to its nutritious and culinary promise, perhaps the solution is to mix and match culinary fads.

Put that arugula, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes back into those bowls.

Anyone ready to Fletcherize?

The Market Basket protests

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:02

Across New England, a chain of Market Basket grocery stores saw protests this week. Protests in support, not against, former company President Arthur T. Demoulas.

Market Basket's board pushed him out in a massive family feud, and now the chain is losing MILLIONS of dollar as thousands of employees AND customers, have hit the streets.

We asked WGBH reporter Rupa Shenoy to get the bottom of this story.

The next silicon revolution?

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:01
The element that gives us glass, chips and cheap solar power

What do sanctions do, anyway?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:00

The word sanctions gets tossed around a lot. The U.S. has sanctions on Iran, Russia, and even Cuba dating back to the Cold War. It's the go-to way to isolate and starve a bad actor, using money.

This week, the U.S. and the E.U. tightened the screws on Russia with even more sanctions.

So how do these things work, anyway?

To find out we met up with economist Sheryl King, director at Roubini Global Economics, outside the United Nations to explain their global impact.

Argentina defaults

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-01 14:57

Talks broke down between Argentina and some of its bondholders, triggering its second default in the past 13 years.

Tim Ferholz, reporter for Quartz, explains the situation and Argentina's past:

The whole reason for Argentina’s 2001 default was the string of currency crises in Asia and South America in the 1990s, with the IMF and other international financial leaders having bungled their responses to a series of problems in developing economies. Between the specter of contagion, local corruption, and an unwise attempt to peg Argentina’s currency to the dollar, foreign investment poured out of Argentina, and the economy slumped. Social unrest rose, and amid a volatile mix of political chaos, bank runs and high unemployment, Argentina defaulted on $100 billion of debt, going from a poster child for the Washington consensus to its biggest victim. 

Uber taxi app 'competing unfairly'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 14:44
The Uber taxi app is "competing unfairly" with London's black cabs, senior Labour MP Margaret Hodge says.

VIDEO: GM fund chief: 'Heart-wrenching' process

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 14:42
The chief of the GM compensation fund says the process of meeting families of victims is "heart-wrenching"

VIDEO: Cyber extortion a growing threat

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 14:04
Newsnight's David Grossman reports on the growing threat to technology companies posed by cyber extortionists.

Ebola spreading too fast - WHO

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 14:03
The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it, the head of the World Health Organization tells West African leaders.

Panel Says Plan To Cut Army Strength Goes Too Far

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-01 13:57

The Pentagon has recommended cutting troop strength to 450,000, but a bipartisan report says that given the global threats, the reduction is too big.

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Usain Bolt slur denial at Games debut

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 13:44
Usain Bolt again denies making disparaging remarks about Glasgow 2014 as he makes first track appearance.

VIDEO: Inside the gutted homes of Gaza

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-01 13:42
Ian Pannell reports from Gaza city where people returned to their devastated homes to salvage their belongings during a brief ceasefire.
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