Best Twitter Reactions To McCarthy Withdrawing From Speaker Race

The political world was shocked when the GOP House leader took himself out of consideration for speaker. Rep. Charlie Rangel tweeted that unlike his smoothie, things weren't "smooth" for McCarthy.

Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme, Who Popularized Cajun And Creole Food, Dies

The internationally renowned chef sparked a cooking craze and inspired other New Orleans restaurateurs. He was 75.

U.S. Says Russian Missiles Intended For Syria Have Crashed In Iran

One U.S. official said the cruise missiles were launched from warships in the Caspian Sea. It was unclear where the missiles landed in Iran or if they caused any damage.

What Just Happened To The Speaker's Race, In 2 Charts

To be nominated for speaker, Kevin McCarthy would have just needed a majority of House Republicans' votes, but getting through a vote with the full House would have been a much higher hurdle.

To Prevent The Next Plague, Listen To Boie Jalloh

He's a doctor, an imam and a millennial. His ideas about fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone are part of the reason that, this week, the three countries at the center of the epidemic reported no new cases.

Fukushima Study Links Children's Cancer To Nuclear Accident

The study claims rates of thyroid cancer are high for children who lived near the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in Japan. But other scientists are skeptical of the findings.

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Where The Wild Fractions Are: The Power Of A Bedtime (Math) Story

A new study published in the journal Science shows that regular use of a specific math-based iPad app significantly improved math performance in elementary school children.

Sen. Harry Reid Sues Makers Of Exercise Band Over His Injuries

The Senate minority leader and his wife are seeking more than $50,000 in damages over what they say is a defective resistance band that caused him to lose sight in his right eye, among other injuries.

Firstborns May Be More Nearsighted, And Parents May Be Why

Firstborns in Britain are more likely to be nearsighted, a finding that matches other studies. Maybe it's because parents are more likely to push studying than they do with subsequent kids.

Hero In French Train Attack, Spencer Stone, Stabbed In California

Stone, one of three Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in August, is said to be in stable condition following the incident in Sacramento.

How To Make Your Own Shrub For Sodas And Cocktails

October 7, 2015
Kathy Gunst's Shiso Plum Shrub is made with Japanese basil, plums and rice wine vinegar. It makes a refreshing soda, or it can be mixed with sake. (Kathy Gunst)

The vinegar and fruit syrup can be made into a refreshing drink – or even used in sweet and savory dishes.

Knives And Cabbage Fly At Giant ‘Kraut Mob’ In Boston

October 4, 2015
Jeremy Ogusky (right) at a kraut mob, or a sauerkraut-making event, at Powisset Farm in Dover. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

With 250 pounds of cabbage waiting to be chopped, massaged, salted, squished into jars, Jeremy Ogusky is ready to expose newbies to the world of fermented foods at Sunday’s Boston Fermentation Festival.

Fig Growers Hope Fresh Figs Will Help Revive The Industry

October 2, 2015
Over the last couple years, demand for fresh figs has increased due to marketing from the fig industry. (Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio)

For many Americans, their only association with figs comes from Fig Newtons. The fig industry is trying to change that.

Charles River Water Goes Into New Harpoon Beer

September 30, 2015
A view of the Charles River from the Hood blimp. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Harpoon Brewery has made a new beer with water from the Charles River.

Bard At The Bar: Shakespeare-Inspired Cocktail Recipes

September 30, 2015
Michelle Ephraim (left) and Caroline Bicks are the authors of "Shakespeare, Not Stirred." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Two English professors and longtime friends got the idea for “Shakespeare, Not Stirred” while having a drink together.

To Do List For A Healthier Commonwealth

September 29, 2015
Ten eminently doable health reforms that Massachusetts should undertake now for the better health of all of its citizens. (Jeremy Brooks/flickr)

Ten eminently doable health reforms that Massachusetts should undertake now for the better health of all of its citizens.

Cheese-Lovers, Come With Us As We Descend Into A Cambridge Shop’s (Stinky) Cave

September 29, 2015
Formaggio Kitchen owner Ihsan Gurdal looks through the cheese case at the Cambridge store. Gurdal used to coach volleyball at Harvard before buying Formaggio Kitchen in the early 1990s. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

From the depths of a cheese cave, some local cheese mongers — like Formaggio Kitchen’s Ihsan Gurdal — are waging a campaign to raise awareness about cheese origins, cheese integrity and cheese abuse.

3 Pearls Of Wisdom About Eating Oysters

September 25, 2015
If you order oysters at a restaurant, how do you know they're fresh? Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd finds out. (Jeremy Keith/Flickr)

Peter O’Dowd gets a crash course in oysters from chef and owner of Franklin Oyster House in New Hampshire.

Resident Chef Kathy Gunst Rethinks The Casserole

September 24, 2015
Rethinking the casserole. (Wikimedia Commons)

Our resident chef has been experimenting with the age-old dish, and has a few new recipes for you to try.

Chobani CEO Pledges Help To Refugees In Europe

September 23, 2015
Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, on the Greek island of Lesbos in September, meeting refugees and humanitarian aid workers there. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees has named Ulukaya an Eminent Advocate on the crisis in Europe. (UNHCR)

A Turkey-born American CEO is taking the refugee crisis into his own hands.

Dear Ignorant People: Fat Shaming Is Real And Ridiculous

September 14, 2015
Julie Wittes Schlack: We shouldn’t need to counter bigotry with facts, but we do need science to fight obesity. Photo: Nicole Arbour in a screen grab from her recent "Dear Fat People" YouTube video. (YouTube)

We shouldn’t need to counter bigotry with facts, but we do need science to fight obesity.

Nespresso Plans New Swiss Factory To Meet American Demand

September 11, 2015
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 07: A detailed view of atmosphere is seen in the Nespresso area during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at Brandenburg Gate on July 7, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images for Nespresso)

Europe’s largest single-serve coffee brand is adding a new factory, as Americans are spending more money on coffee than ever before.

Labor Shortage Affects New Mexico’s Green Chile Crop

September 11, 2015
Research specialist Chuck Havlik watches the harvester as it progresses along the field. (Carrie Jung/KJZZ)

New Mexico is losing market share to other chile-producing countries, and experts say a labor shortage is to blame.

Sweetgreen: Part Of A Trend In Sustainable Food

September 10, 2015
There are 31 Sweetgreen restaurants so far, mainly in the Northeast and a few in California. (diversey/Flickr)

How much is sustainable food driving customers and food industry leaders? Sweetgreen is a telling example.

Women Find Big Role In Small And Midsize Farms

September 10, 2015
In downtown Cleveland, 26-year-old Beth Lomske manages a two-acre demonstration farm owned by the Cleveland Botanical Garden. (Brian Peshek)

The number of farms owned and operated by women has tripled in the U.S. in recent decades, amid a changing economy.

The Art Of Making Gelato At Home

September 9, 2015
Gelato is a tasty summer treat that you can make at home.(Stu Spivack/Flickr)

This week’s record heat has us thinking about cool treats, like Italian ice cream.

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