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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February 24, 2017 | NPR · Malaysian police said VX nerve agent — classified as a weapon of mass destruction — was found on Kim Jong Nam’s body. South Korea says North Korea ordered the hit.
 

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February 23, 2017 | NPR · Press secretary Sean Spicer’s comments on Thursday came as a poll indicated a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana.
 

NPR
February 23, 2017 | NPR · Gloucester County, Va., is embroiled in a battle over transgender restrooms. The case of one of its high school students is slated to be argued before the Supreme Court next month.
 

Arts & Life

Votiv Films
February 23, 2017 | NPR · An intimate portrait of high school friends caught up in the aftermath of a violent incident places us inside their heads with sensitivity and restraint.
 

Lionsgate Premiere
February 23, 2017 | NPR · This Chinese-U.S. co-production, based on a graphic novel by Chinese rock star Zheng Jun, pads its way through a familiar story about a mastiff who wants to make it big in the music industry.
 

Universal Pictures
February 23, 2017 | NPR · Comedian Jordan Peele’s debut feature as writer/director is a blisteringly smart horror film buoyed by the “shimmering, righteous anger” of its take on race, says critic Chris Klimek.
 

Music

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February 23, 2017 | NPR · Zucchero Forniciari speaks with Ari Shapiro about getting career advice from Miles Davis and writing songs with in what he calls “macaroni English.”
 

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February 23, 2017 | WXPN · Alex Caress’ band makes classic country music with a sassy and subtly political twist.
 

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February 23, 2017 | NPR · One of the world’s biggest stars pulls out from one of the world’s largest festivals — on doctor’s orders.
 

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