The country’s craft beer industry is growing at a tremendous rate. Last year, more than 400 breweries opened nationwide. In some states, like Colorado, there are so many craft breweries they’re beginning to blend together. As Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, in such a crowded field, startups are trying a more unique approach.

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Two years ago, a cantaloupe farm in southeastern Colorado was responsible for the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in decades. A packing facility there sent cantaloupe infected with listeria, a pathogen known for its high mortality rate, across the country. Since then, melon growers in the renowned Rocky Ford region have been trying to repair […]

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Federal food inspectors will start checking cantaloupe farms and other processing facilities throughout the country and here in Colorado for deadly food borne bacteria. As KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, the increased scrutiny is in direct response to two large-scale outbreaks.

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Farmers throughout the Great Plains are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They’re scrambling to find irrigation water, made scarce by the region’s persistent drought. In eastern Colorado, thirsty cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, selling what they don’t need back to farmers. As KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke […]

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November 30, 2015 | NPR · The LA area is home to the most manufacturing jobs in the U.S., from clothes to metal parts to new aerospace tech. Companies have reinvented themselves, even as they struggle to find skilled workers.

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November 30, 2015 | NPR · The 1997 Kyoto treaty set targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions that many nations didn’t meet. This time, stakes are higher and all countries will be asked to set and meet their own limits.

November 29, 2015 | NPR · The FBI alerted the university that a threat of gun violence — at a specific time and location — had been made online, the school said in a statement. All events on the main campus are canceled.

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November 29, 2015 | NPR · As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it’s time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

November 29, 2015 | NPR · For decades, astronomers believed there was another planet in our solar system, tucked just out of sight. Then Albert Einstein figured out it wasn’t there. Author Thomas Levenson explains.

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November 29, 2015 | NPR · In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, players can customize characters according to gender, race and age. Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir says inclusivity was a priority “from the get-go.”


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November 29, 2015 | NPR · Michel Martin speaks with documentary filmmaker Amy Berg about her new film, Janis: Little Girl Blue, which chronicles the life and early death of the 1960s counterculture icon.

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November 29, 2015 | NPR · The composer and arranger spent the bulk of his career in service to the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He wrote some of the most popular songs of the 20th century — without ever hiding who he was.

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November 29, 2015 | WFIU · Though overshadowed during his own lifetime by his employer, Duke Ellington, the composer-arranger wrote more than 1,000 pieces. Here are takes on his most famous tunes.

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