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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Jul 1, 2013 — It's not easy to set up a tandoor oven in the backyard. But chef and writer Madhur Jaffrey says cooking at high heat does something magical to meat, which makes it worthwhile to adapt her tandoor recipes for gas or charcoal grills.
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Dec 25, 2012 — The rebels, rule breakers and renegades who rule this year's Top 10 list aren't looking for a Ph.D. in Traditional Cooking. They're pleasure seekers whose books are filled with quirky facts, gorgeous pictures and ingredients deployed in unexpected places.
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Dec 27, 2010 — Beloved chef Madhur Jaffrey prepared for a life on stage and screen as an actress — but her longing for the food of her childhood led her to her other career. She looks back on her days in film and in the kitchen with NPR's Renee Montagne.
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Oct 8, 2006 — Cross an artichoke with celery, and you come close to getting a cardoon. For our food moment this week, food writer Peggy Knickerbocker talks about cardoons — a wonderfully weird vegetable with mediterranean "roots." Knickerbocker is the co-author of The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Cookbook.
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May 26, 2006 — Summer is the time to eat. There's no better opportunity to make the most of what the season — and your local farmer's stand — have to offer. Cookbooks can help. Food writer Bonny Wolf rounds up 10 to take you through the season.
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May 26, 2006 — "There's much here for the summer cook," says food writer Bonny Wolf of Rick Bayless' Mexican Everyday. This compendium of Mexican recipes earns a place in Wolf's in her roundup of summer cookbooks.
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May 12, 2006 — When we had this dessert growing up in San Francisco, we called it wine Jello. Read a recipe.
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Feb 1, 2006 — Paella and gazpacho may be the most familiar Spanish foods for most Americans, but it is the humble tortilla that can be found in every home and bar in Spain. Food writer Bryan Miller provides a how-to for this traditional tapa.
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Nov 21, 2005 — Food writer Holly Swanson recommends this title in her roundup of cookbooks to give and receive, praising this menu-based title.
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Nov 21, 2005 — Whether it's a gift your looking for, a recipe for a holiday gathering, or a delicious title to read by the fire, this list has something for you. Food blogger and cookbook author Heidi Swanson has pulled together her favorite titles this year, and her favorite recipes from those books.
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