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 28, 2016 | NPR · Resigning as president, James Ramsey will now receive a settlement to avoid potential litigation against the school, which is facing both federal and NCAA investigations.
 

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July 28, 2016 | NPR · Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn’t always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.
 

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July 28, 2016 | NPR · The once shy preteen is now a mother of two who has become one of her mother’s closest political advisers. On Thursday night, she’ll introduce Hillary Clinton as she accepts the Democratic nomination.
 

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July 28, 2016 | NPR · Megan Abbott’s novel about a talented young gymnast and her mother starts with a mysterious death, but the real mysteries are the characters themselves: You never really know the people close to you.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
 

July 27, 2016 | NPR · PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill joins All Things Considered from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, to discuss her 2009 book The Breakthrough. Ifill is re-examining the book’s conclusions about black political leadership as President Obama prepares to leave office.
 

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July 28, 2016 | NPR · For 15 years, the singer’s sharp and reflective songwriting has examined a coming-of-age process that doesn’t end when we reach adulthood.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · A night filled with heavy speeches about gun violence, national security and climate change gave way to a unifying moment Wednesday night.
 

July 27, 2016 | NPR · Reporter Nancy Klingener takes NPR to the annual Underwater Musical Festival in the Florida Keys, as part of All Things Considered‘s feature on off-kilter summer festivals.
 

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