Vatican Affirms Plan To Make Missionary Junipero Serra A Saint

The choice of Serra, whom the church sees as an evangelist, has drawn criticism over his role in the California mission system of the 18th century.

4 Hot-Button Kids' Books From The '50s That Sparked Controversy

Mostly forgotten or out of print, these picture books triggered conversations about integration.

Clinton Charms DREAMers On Immigration

Speaking in Las Vegas, she said it was time to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally and that she could go "even further" than Obama's controversial executive actions.

U.S. Approves Ferry Service From Florida To Cuba

At least four companies said they received approval for ferry licenses. It's been five decades since ferry service between the U.S. and island has been offered.

Afghan Judge Sentences 4 Men To Death Over Mob Killing Of Woman

The brutal death of Farkhunda was captured on video and prompted outcry over violence against women in the country. It resulted in a rare conviction. Eighteen other defendants were freed, however.

Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Rehearsed Crash On Earlier Flight, Report Finds

A report finds that Andreas Lubitz set the altitude dial to 100 feet several times during his outbound flight, leading investigators to believe that he was practicing for the crash.

California Regulators Adopt Unprecedented Water Restrictions

Californians face a mandated 25 percent reduction in water use, after they failed to meet previous goals. The new restrictions will take effect in the summer months.

Chicago Set To Create Reparations Fund For Victims Of Police Torture

Officers on the South Side are believed to have abused scores of people in the '70s, '80s and '90s. The council vote will set aside $5.5 million for the victims and provide education and counseling.

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Panera Is The Latest To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Its Food

Panera Bread says it's dropping artificial colors, preservatives and additives from many menu items. But while it says that includes artificial sweeteners, it's leaving sodas with them on the menu.

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Huckabee Hopes Evangelical Voters Are Tying Yellow Ribbons For Him

Mike Huckabee is back on the campaign trail after finishing second for the GOP nomination in 2008. In his latest run, he's harking back to an even earlier time, with 1970s icon Tony Orlando.

McDonald’s Announces New Turnaround Plan

May 4, 2015
A sign for the fast food chain McDonald's is pictured in Nampa, Idaho. (Roadsidepictures/Flickr)

The fast food giant’s CEO has unveiled a new strategy to revive the company, after profits fell 15 percent last year.

Ana Sortun: How To Avoid The Biggest Mistakes In The Kitchen

May 4, 2015
Ana Sortun does a cooking demonstration in the WBUR kitchen. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

The award-winning chef joins us in the kitchen for a demonstration on how to do it right, from greens to grains.

Consumers Push Food Producers On Antibiotic Use

April 30, 2015
Chickens gather around a feeder in a Tyson Foods Inc. poultry house in rural Washington County, Arkansas on Thursday, June 19, 2003. (April L. Brown/AP)

The country’s largest chicken producer says it will stop using antibiotics used in human medicine by September 2017.

Recipes: Healthy Salads With Spring Produce

April 28, 2015
Fresh ramps, greens and radishes from the farmer's market. (Kathy Gunst)

Our resident chef Kathy Gunst brings us a chopped spring salad, a farro salad and two asparagus salads.

Kountry Kitchen, Soul Food At The Doorstep Of Indianapolis History

April 27, 2015
The Kountry Kitchen in Indianapolis serves soul food. (Peter O'Dowd/WBUR)

Kountry Kitchen owner Isaac Wilson was there when Robert F. Kennedy announce that Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and killed.

Amid Listeria Outbreak, FDA Calls For Better Prevention Policies

April 24, 2015
Shelves are bare and signs are posted where Blue Bell products were displayed in a grocery store on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. Blue Bell Creameries recalled all products following a listeria contamination. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

As a second ice cream maker recalls all of its products, we hear from a top FDA official on food safety and inspections.

Proposal To Close Loophole Looks At Who Is A Farmer

April 23, 2015
Farmer Levi Greuel spends a sunny Saturday afternoon fixing up his farm equipment and tearing down an old wooden barn in preparation for planting season. (Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)

Big farms are collecting taxpayer dollars that they haven’t necessarily earned, by taking advantage of a loophole in government subsidy rules.

Service Not Included – But Should It Be?

April 23, 2015
In this file photo, Waiter Spencer Meline serves a customer at Ivar's Acres of Clams restaurant on the Seattle waterfront Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  Seattle's minimum wage will rise to $15 an hour by August 2015. (AP)

The tipping economy in America. It’s huge. It’s being challenged. It may be changing.

Saving Food Scraps From The Trash To Make Better Meals

April 22, 2015
Eugenia Bone is a food writer, cookbook author and president of the New York Mycological Society. (Huger Foote)

Are you throwing away your broccoli stems and peach pits? Food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone says don’t.

Bird Flu Flare-Up On Midwest Farms; Big Blue Bell Recall

April 22, 2015
In this Nov. 16, 2009 file photo, chickens stand in their cages at a farm near Stuart, Iowa. Discovery of the bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the bird killer could find its way into chicken barns in the nation’s top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate the flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple.  (AP)

A major American outbreak of bird flu. Millions of hens and turkeys are being destroyed in the Midwest to stop the spread. We’ll look at what’s at stake. Plus: the latest in a big recall for Blue Bell Creamery

Blue Bell Recalls All Products Following Deadly Listeria Outbreak

April 21, 2015
Blue Bell is voluntarily recalling all of its products after the bacteria listeria was found in two cartons of Blue Bell ice cream in March. (Randy OHC/Flickr Creative Commons)

Listeria bacteria found in Blue Bell ice cream has been linked to three deaths. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened.

Bird Flu Spreads; Millions Of Iowa Chickens To Be Killed

April 21, 2015
Fresh brown eggs sit in a carton August 26, 2010, in San Rafael, California. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The deadly bird flu strain H5N2 is plaguing poultry farms across the Midwest, including a major commercial operation in Iowa.

Vermont’s Largest Tree Tapper Won’t Sell Syrup

April 20, 2015
Michael Argyelan, CFO of Sweet Tree Holdings, shows off a maple syrup evaporator at a new processing plant in Island Pond. The out-of-state company is planning to produce value-added maple products that Argyelan says won't compete with local producers. (Charlotte Albright/Vermont Public Radio)

An out-of-state company has tapped about 100,000 trees in Vermont this year, but says it won’t compete with local producers.

Fake Meat Is Very Real

April 15, 2015
A sample kebab using the Beyond Meat chicken substitute, which is made entirely of plant protein. (Beyond Meat)

The big push for fake meat. Bill Gates is in on it. To cut back on livestock production. To, maybe, save the planet.

Gov. Baker’s 2016 Budget Will Hurt The State’s Poorest Children And Schools

April 13, 2015
Mary Battenfeld: "Budgets contain more than numbers. They tell the story of who we are and what we care about. Right now, the story features inadequate funding for 200,000 Massachusetts children who live in poverty. " Pictured: Gov. Charlie Baker smiles as he unveils his 2016 budget proposal during a news conference at the State House in Boston, March 4, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Budgets contain more than numbers. They tell the story of who we are and what we care about. Right now, the story features inadequate funding for 200,000 Massachusetts children who live in poverty. 

How To Get Started On Seed-Saving

April 10, 2015
A view of an active garden in warmer seasons. (Rudolf Vlcek / Flickr)

Hudson Valley Seed Library owner Ken Greene helps you find your green thumb as spring starts to start to arrive around the country.

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