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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July 30, 2014 | NPR · The 14,000-ton freight train could not come to a stop. But the women laid down between the rails and survived.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Is Comic-Con as overwhelming as you’ve heard? Well … yes and no. Mostly yes. But on the other hand, it’s also completely fascinating, even to nervous first-timers.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.
 

July 30, 2014 | OZY · Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. “You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words,” she says.
 

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July 30, 2014 | WXPN · The Mississippi musician became serious about the blues after an injury stopped him from pursuing a basketball career. Singleton joins World Cafe to play three songs and tell the full story.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Watch highlights from the world premiere performance of the Pulitzer Prize winner’s meditative and deeply moving outdoor work Sila: The Breath of the World at Lincoln Center.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Watch Sylvan Esso perform “Wolf” with members of Megafaun, Lambchop, Field Report and more.
 

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