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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News

British Medical Journal
December 15, 2017 | NPR · Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.
 

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December 15, 2017 | NPR · Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there’s a cute new seedless variety.
 

AP
December 15, 2017 | NPR · Retail and food sales were up 5.8 percent in November over the same time last year, the Commerce Department said. Retailers are hoping for their best year since before the economic recession.
 

Arts & Life

TED
December 15, 2017 | NPR · When Shabana Basij-Rasikh was six, the Taliban forbade girls from getting an education. Rather than giving in to their threats, she dressed up as a boy and went to a secret school for girls in Kabul.
 

TED
December 15, 2017 | NPR · When his childhood friend was connected with a terrorist attack, Mubin Shaikh set out to help combat Islamic extremists–even though he used to be one. So he joined the Canadian Intelligence Service.
 

TED
December 15, 2017 | NPR · When journalist Jamie Bartlett dove into the secret, hidden part of the Internet known as the Dark Web, he was surprised by what he found lurking there.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
December 15, 2017 | NPR · The band’s new album Time & Space comes out Feb. 23. You are moshing.
 

NPR
December 15, 2017 | NPR · Effortless storytelling is at the heart of This Is The Kit. And the stories the band’s only permanent member, Kate Stables, weaves are profound but sweet with a tone that quietly reels you in.
 

Courtesy of the artist
December 14, 2017 | WXPN-FM · Metric’s lead singer drops the wailing guitars and radical synths for a solo performance behind the piano.
 

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