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Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback

Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.

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Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life

In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.

Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market

Yemen is minor producer of crude oil but controls a strategic energy waterway. More than 3.8 million barrels a day pass through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt '2-Person' Cockpit Rule

In the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of a German airliner, carriers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia say they will emulate a U.S. rule requiring two people in the cockpit at all times.

Morning Edition

Evaluating Whether It's Time To Cut The Cord

Several big media companies recently announced new ways to bring TV over the Internet. For example, HBO's streaming service, Sony's PlayStation Vue and a rumored service from Apple.

Morning Edition

Examining Right-To-Work Laws Impact On Income And Economic Growth

Last week, Morning Edition aired a piece about right-to-work laws in Kentucky. To clarify some assertions made in the piece, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of the Brookings Institution.

Morning Edition

Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.

Morning Edition

Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

As much as a third of the produce grown on some farms is rejected because it doesn't meet beauty standards. But it's still tasty and healthy. One big firm is now telling growers: Give us your uglies.

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Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl.

The Enduring Value Of A Liberal Arts Degree

March 30, 2015
Sweet Briar College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Virginia, announced in early 2015 that it would unexpectedly close its doors at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Sweet Brian College)

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

Pilot Psychology And Flight Safety

March 30, 2015
A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. (AP)

The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots’ psychological health.

Oil Prices Jump After Saudi Strikes In Yemen

March 27, 2015
People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (Hani Mohammed/AP)

Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Yemen’s growing unrest has led to fears of instability in the oil market.

IRS Cuts Can Make Filing Difficult

March 27, 2015
Susan Dean, 78, says doing her taxes by hand would be impossible without the IRS instruction booklet, which the IRS no longer widely distributes. (Sara Lerner/KUOW)

Are you among those who wait until the last minute to file your taxes? This year, that might not be the best idea.

How To Get Fit, For Less

March 27, 2015
Members of  a November Project 'tribe' pause during a November 2014 workout. (Brogan Graham / Instagram)

Spring training. From easy-access yoga to outdoor exercise meet-ups, exercise plans you’ll want to do.

Week In The News: Germanwings Crash, Ted Cruz 2016, Yemen Unravels

March 27, 2015
Rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP)

The co-pilot and the plane in the Alps? Ted Cruz announces 2016 bid. Heinz buys Kraft. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Our Protest-Free New Gilded Age

March 26, 2015
In this file photo, protesters sit at the intersection of Wall St. and Broad St. in New York, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The protesters, many who were affiliated with Occupy Wall Street, were trying to draw attention to the connection between capitalism and environmental destruction. (AP)

In our age of hyper-inequality, historian Steve Fraser asks when the little guy stands up and says “enough.” He’s with us.

National Grid Electricity, Gas Rates Dropping In May

March 25, 2015

Electricity prices will still be higher than they were last spring.

U.S. Universities Accept Record Number of Foreign Students

March 25, 2015
International students are pictured at Purdue University, which ranks second in the U.S. for its population of foreign students. (purdue.edu)

A new report shows the number of international students being accepted by American universities is at an all-time high of 1.13 million.

Kraft And Heinz To Merge, Bringing Together Prominent American Brands

March 25, 2015
Bottles of H.J. Heinz Co. Tomato Ketchup on February 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo Illustration by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The deal will form the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company, bringing together American brands from Jell-O to Heinz Ketchup.

Indiana Governor To Sign Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

March 25, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gives a speech in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Michael Conroy/AP)

The measure aims to protect business owners who say it violates their beliefs to serve gay couples. Critics say it allows discrimination.

Wallet-To-Wallet, Peer-To-Peer: A Digital Payments Boomlet

March 25, 2015
This June 11, 2014 file photo shows Facebook's "like" symbol at the entrance to the company's campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to send their friends money using the social network’s Messenger app, the company announced Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP)

“Tap and pay”: mobile money, peer-to-peer, all over now. SnapChat, Venmo, now Facebook Messenger. We’ll look at security and the new anthropology of digital money.

America, Versus Itself

March 25, 2015
In this file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, shows the way to the guests who attended the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP)

Is America now its own worst enemy? Blowing a future that should be good? Harvard’s Joseph Nye and the New Yorker’s John Cassidy join us.

Americans’ Love Of Diet Soda Fizzing Out

March 24, 2015
Diet Coke sales are down according to one firms research. (Niall Kennedy/Flickr Creative Commons)

Diet sodas hit peak sales in 2009. Sales are expected to decline by a third by 2019 from the 2009 peak.

Meerkat — Not The Furry Animal — Is The Latest Social Media Obsession

March 24, 2015
Meerkat is the hottest new app. But will it last? (Screenshot)

The social media app is enjoying success many startups dream of and few ever achieve. But will its success last?

Proposed Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline In Kentucky Raises Concerns

March 24, 2015
A valve station for the pipeline near Lebanon. (Erica Peterson/WPFL)

A company wants to convert an existing natural gas pipeline to carry the volatile byproducts of gas drilling.

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