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12:24 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Getting Past Pesto To Re-Imagine Basil

Serri Graslie for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 12:06 pm

Basil is a mega-celebrity of the herb world and has some of the same problems that come with fame. Known mostly for its starring role in pesto, it's recognized by many people primarily as an ingredient in other Italian dishes such as pastas and caprese salads. But if it were up to basil, it might prefer to be recognized for its work in lesser-known cuisines and recipes (the indie films and off-Broadway plays, if you will), where it shines in a different way and brings a new dimension to food.

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Planet Money
12:24 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Episode 481: The Economist's Guide To Drinking While Pregnant

Enjoy.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 7:58 pm

On today's show, we meet a woman who is trying to bring nuance and subtlety to a world of black-and-white rules: pregnancy.

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Movie Reviews
12:24 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Good Vs. Evil, Once More With (So Much) Feeling

Jace helps Clary as she sets about uncovering the truth about her unsuspected heritage as one of the chosen few who defend humans from things supernatural, and also he is pretty and blond and dreamy and distracting.
Rafy Sony/Screen Gems

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:22 pm

It's time for mom and Clary to have the talk.

No, not that talk. Jocelyn (Lena Headey) needs to tell teenage Clary (Lily Collins) about angels and demons, vampires and werewolves, magic chalices and sacred blood β€” not to mention hidden sanctuaries, interdimensional portals, the identity of her father and the existence of an unknown brother. Plus something nutty about J.S. Bach.

No wonder she's been putting it off.

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Planet Money
12:23 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Pregnant? It's OK To Have A Glass Of Wine*

Pregnant.
Olivier Lantzendorffer iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:21 pm

*According to an economist.

In her new book Expecting Better, economist and new mom Emily Oster parses the evidence behind all the recommendations given to pregnant women. She argues that, as an economist, she's trained to both examine evidence and think about trade-offs.

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NPR Story
12:23 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Tell Me More's Twitter Education Special

NPR

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 10:32 am

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Education has long been referred to as a civil right in this country β€” including by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Nearly 50 years ago, King said:

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Law
12:23 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

With Pot Legal In Washington, Will Buyers Stay Underground?

Seattle law enforcement's mellow attitude toward pot was on display at this year's annual Hempfest, where the cops were at the gate β€” handing out bags of Doritos.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 8:25 pm

In Washington state, regulators are putting the finishing touches on rules for the new state-sanctioned recreational marijuana market. And the man hired to help shape those rules is raising a warning to local law enforcement: toughen up on the black market.

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Detroit's Stray Dog Epidemic: 50,000 Or More Roam The City

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:49 am

At first, we didn't believe this new report from Bloomberg News could be true:

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

New Zealand Passes Law That Allows Domestic Spying

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom, left, leaves court after he was granted bail in the in Auckland, New Zealand.
Michael Bradley AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 12:41 pm

Saying it was vital to the country's national security, New Zealand passed a controversial law today that allows the Government Communications Security Bureau β€” the country's NSA equivalent β€” to spy on New Zealanders on behalf of law enforcement.

The law was approved by a razor-thin β€” 61-59 β€” margin and comes in the shadow of a worldwide discussion of just how much spying governments should be allowed to conduct on their own citizens.

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The Salt
11:38 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Forget Cronuts: London's 'Townies' Take On Hybrid-Dessert Craze

American baker Bea Vo, who runs Bea's of Bloomsburg, a string of bakeries in London, came up with this answer to the cronut: the townie, a tartlet-brownie with a gooey center and a crisp outer shell.
Courtesy Bea's of Bloomsburgy Helena Marie Fletcher

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 12:45 pm

What's a baker to do when all foodies can talk about, on both sides of the Atlantic, is the cronut craze, a croissant-doughnut that NPR reported on earlier this year? Simple: Come up with an equally addictive hybrid dessert.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Wed August 21, 2013

No Positive Tests For Doping At This Year's Tour De France

There were no positive doping tests during the 2013 Tour de France, officials say. Here, Chris Froome, the overall winner, steps into the anti-doping control bus after a stage in the race.
Pascal Guyot AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of samples taken from riders in this summer's Tour de France found no signs of doping, officials say. The epic race, which was put on for the hundredth time in 2013, has been at the center of recent doping scandals.

Anti-doping officials say they took 202 blood and urine samples before the race began, and an additional 419 during competition. Nearly 200 of those samples were taken with the goal of creating a "biological passport" for riders, to establish a baseline of their body chemistry.

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