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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May 4, 2016 | NPR · The president told an energetic audience he “will not rest” until the city’s water is safe to drink. A federal state of emergency has been declared as a result of lead leaching into Flint’s water.
 

May 4, 2016 | MR · Who knows how much it takes to educate a child, and how do you find out? The state of Michigan is trying to answer those questions right now.
 

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · Gov. Pat McCrory responded in a statement, saying, “We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.” The state has until Monday to respond.
 

Arts & Life

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · Jennifer Haigh grew up in small town Pennsylvania, where jobs disappeared when coal mines closed. Her new novel explores the changes that mining — and now fracking — has brought to nearby communities.
 

May 4, 2016 | FA · Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.
 

May 4, 2016 | FA · The Irish director and screenwriter talks to Fresh Air’s Ann Marie Baldonado about his new film, which tells the story of a young teenager in 1980s Dublin who discovers pop music and starts a band.
 

Music

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · The singer’s latest pop hit is — ironically — about the downsides of having a pop hit. But another song on his new album, At Night, Alone, focuses on his relationship with his mother.
 

May 4, 2016 | NPR · A lawyer for a California addiction doctor held a press conference Wednesday. He said his client was scheduled to meet with Prince the day after the singer died, and that he had dispatched his son, who works with him, to Prince’s Minnesota home.
 

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May 4, 2016 | NPR · Patterson casts light on the assumption people make about a woman: that she’s inexhaustibly strong, yet mysteriously dangerous. “I’m human, I’m human,” she reminds us.
 

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