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On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.

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Debt Crisis Puts The Squeeze On Greece's Banks

The country's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position. The European Central Bank has stopped lending Greece money and a referendum Sunday could spell the country's exit from the eurozone.

#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

Also this week, misconceptions about slavery. And, the struggle for gay Christians trying to keep the faith.

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

The insurgent political movement, which has just three members in parliament, led the rollback of the 75-year-old law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" religious teachings.

Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

After the firing of a key figure at the website, moderators of many of Reddit's most popular sections have gone private in apparent protest.

Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

If the deal passes antitrust scrutiny, it would be the largest such acquisition in the insurance industry. It's the latest sign of consolidation in health insurance in the wake of Obamacare.

When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

Toxins produced by algae that live in warm ocean waters can pass up the fish food chain. The toxins can sicken humans who eat large fish. A Florida study finds cases are underreported.

Syrian Forces Try To Halt Rebel Offensive On Aleppo

An alliance of forces led by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front is battling the Syrian government for control of the key northern city.

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.

As Greek Government Falters, Food Relief Put In The Hands Of The People

July 3, 2015
This photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 shows volunteers from a soup kitchen serving food to people, in Athens. Greece goes to the polls Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 with voters given a tough choice over how to handle the country’s staggering national debt after six years of recession badly weakened its economy. The popular left-wing Syriza party is poised to defeat conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, after campaigning on demands that other eurozone countries forgive at least half the bailout loan money received since 2010. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

With closed banks, shuttered aid programs and frozen imports, a number of nonprofits are stepping in to make sure Greeks are fed.

What Makes A Great, American Burger?

July 2, 2015
The burger at JM Curley in Downtown Crossing is one of the top-rated burgers on Chudy's blog, with a score of 93 which puts it in the 'best of the best' category. (Courtesy of Richard Chudy)

We explore the secrets to making and finding a perfect summer hamburger.

Sweet And Savory Watermelon

July 2, 2015
Watermelon slices (mynameisharsha/Flickr)

Our resident chef shares five recipes, including watermelon pickles and a watermelon, crab and arugula salad.

New Memoir Tells Story Of Resilience, Love And Food

June 30, 2015
Jessica Fechtor

Jessica Fechtor’s new book reminds us how fragile life can be; how we’re all one moment away from potential catastrophe.

In California Drought, Grape Growers Face A Trade-Off

June 30, 2015
A reduction in water means richer wine, but also a bigger price tag on the bottle. (kubina/Fllickr)

The drought could affect production of low-cost bottles, but if can you shell out for the more expensive stuff, you might be in for a treat.

How Your Gut Bacteria Influences Your Emotions

June 29, 2015
Bacteria under a microscope.

Can bacteria in your gut influence your brain? Your mood? Your emotions? Top scientists say yes.

Garlic Scapes, Green Garlic And Roasted Garlic: Recipes And Tips

June 23, 2015
Clockwise from top left: garlic scapes, mature garlic and green garlic. (Kathy Gunst)

Our resident chef shares a primer on garlic, as well as recipes celebrating the ingredient she prizes above all.

Dining In The Dark: Foodies Gain New Understanding Of Eating Without Sight

June 22, 2015
At O.Noir in Montreal, the dining room is pitch black and part of the proceeds from the restaurant are donated to causes benefiting the visually impaired. (O.Noir)

At O.Noir in Montreal, the dining room is pitch black and part of the proceeds benefit the visually impaired.

Pioneering Researcher Rejoices Over FDA Trans Fats Order

June 17, 2015
Fred Kummerow, who turned 100 this year, pushed the FDA to ban artificial trans fats. (L. Brian Stauffer)

Fred Kummerow, who turned 100 this year, has spent nearly six decades researching the health dangers of artificial trans fats.

Pope Francis On The Immorality Of Environmental Degradation

June 17, 2015
Tiziana Dearing: "Pope Francis may be the right man at the right time to bring inherently religious values about poverty, the economy and the environment to a broader community." Pictured: Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square that his first solo encyclical is coming out on Thursday and inviting them to pay attention to environmental degradation around them. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Pope Francis may be the right man at the right time to bring inherently religious values about poverty, the economy and the environment to a broader community.

FDA Tells Food Industry To Phase Out Artificial Trans Fats

June 16, 2015
Pink frosted donuts (Rob Boudon/Flickr)

The artificial fats are used in processed foods and in restaurants, and have been found to raise the risk of heart disease.

Celebrating The Foods And Flavors Of Cuba

June 11, 2015
From the cookbook "Cuban Table." (Ellen Silverman)

A new cookbook tells the story of the generations of Cubans and Cuban Americans and the food that ties them together.

Problems With Seafood Go Beyond Overfishing, Says ‘American Catch’ Author

June 9, 2015
Clerks prepare the fish selling department at Whole Foods Market in New York City. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

We revisit our conversation with Paul Greenberg about his book “American Catch: The “Fight For Our Local Seafood.”

2 Recipes From ‘The Picnic’ Cookbook

June 8, 2015
Kale Panzanella (Emily Isabella)

With the summer season underway, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst joined us today with recipes suitable for a picnic, like salad and parfaits in Mason jars. Kathy also mentioned a new cookbook called “The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket,” by Marnie Hanel, Jen Stevenson and Andrea Slonecker. The authors shared these […]

Recipes For A Summer Picnic

June 8, 2015
Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst shares recipes for foods that can go on the patio, in the park or on the beach. (sophieh/Flickr)

From a salad in a jar to sun-brewed fresh mint tea, our resident chef shares picnic-friendly recipes and tips.

New Nonprofit Grocery Store In Dorchester Sells Surplus And Aging Food At A Steep Discount

June 4, 2015
The Daily Table, a new nonprofit grocery store in Dorchester near Codman Square, sells surplus and aging food at a discount. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Is it worth buying groceries at a steep discount if they have a shorter shelf life? A new grocery store in Dorchester is finding out. It opened its doors Thursday with shelves full of surplus and aging food.

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