UNICEF: 200 Million Women And Girls Have Suffered Genital Mutilation

Saturday is the U.N.'s "Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation." The Secretary-General is calling for an end to FGM, and UNICEF has released a report on the prevalence of the practice.

High-Profile Advocate Takes Leave From Papal Commission On Sex Abuse

Peter Saunders, a British survivor of sexual abuse by a priest, was a prominent and outspoken critic of the Vatican, pushing for more measures to protect children and punish pedophilia.

North Korea Moves Up Planned Rocket Launch To Next Week

Pyongyang says it will be launching an "observation satellite," but many nations view the launch as a concealed long-range missile test. The launch had previously been scheduled between Feb. 8 and 25.

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Times Have Changed; What Should We Call 'Old People' ?

NPR's Ina Jaffe talks with Scott Simon about the struggle to find the right words to describe older people. Longevity and lifestyles have changed and the language hasn't kept up.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Years Without A Squeak, Vintage Museum Artifact Still Works

Scott Simon notes an item from the week in which a present-day mouse found its way into a mousetrap so old it's a museum item.

Weekend Edition Saturday

This Week In Sports: Super Bowl Talk

Scott Simon previews Super Bowl 50 with NPR's Tom Goldman.

Weekend Edition Saturday

U.S. To Amp Up NATO Presence Against Russia

The Obama administration is planning to sharply increase spending on U.S. forces in Europe to train near NATO's eastern edge. Russia's neighbors are pleased.

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Adnan Syed Hearing Wrap-up

An update on convicted murderer Adnan Syed, whose case profiled in the "Serial" podcast. He is seeking a new trial.

Weekend Edition Saturday

After Cruz Win, How Important Is Candidate Stance On Ethanol?

Ted Cruz won the Iowa Republican Caucuses on a platform that included opposing ethanol, a key Iowa industry. Does this mean future presidential candidates won't have to support the corn fuel?

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Weekend Edition's Scott Simon Will Take A Leave Of Absence

Scott Simon announces a leave of absence to collaborate on a book with Tony Bennett.

Farming With Less Fossil Fuels

February 4, 2016
Cover crops are normally planted after harvest and grow until the next planting season. The longer cover crop grow, the more benefits they provide in the soil by adding carbon or nitrogen. (Brian Seifferlein/Harvest Public Media)

By some estimates, about a fifth of the nation’s energy supply is spent on producing food. Some farmers are trying to cut back.

Exploring Healthy Snacks At The Fancy Food Show

February 2, 2016
Flavored bug snacks at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. (Kathy Gunst)

Our resident chef Kathy Gunst attended the Winter Fancy Food Show and found that healthy-sounding snacks were all the rage.

Longtime D.C. Restauranteur Serves Food, And Presidents

January 29, 2016
Ashock Bajaj is founder of Knightsbridge Management in Washington, D.C., which includes seven restaurants, including The Bombay Club, just one block from the White House. (Rey Lopez)

One place to find Washington’s movers and shakers is a block from the White House at The Bombay Club, owned by Ashok Bajaj.

Showcasing American Cheeses: Recipes And Recommendations

January 21, 2016
There are delicious cheeses being made here in the United States. (Aimee Custis Photography/Flickr)

A Boston restaurateur and our resident chef come together to give us a primer on cheese and five recipes.

Saffron – Why Iran’s ‘Red Gold’ Is So Prized

January 20, 2016
An Iranian woman empties her basket as other women continue to pick saffron flowers on a farm in Shahn Abad village, near the town of Torbat-e Heydarieh, northeast of Iran, on October 31, 2006. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

With the sanctions against Iran lifting, the U.S. will start seeing more of the world’s most expensive spice coming from Iran.

Chipotle’s Plan To Bounce Back After Crisis

January 20, 2016
A man walks near a closed Chipotle restaurant on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in the Cleveland Circle neighborhood of Boston. Chipotle said late Monday that it closed the restaurant after several students at Boston College, including members of the men’s basketball team, reported “gastrointestinal symptoms” after eating at the chain. The school said it was working with local health officials to determine the cause of the illness. (Steven Senne/AP)

The chain best known for burritos is attempting to repair its image and prevent any future outbreaks of foodborne illnesses.

#Cook90: An Experiment In Cooking Every Day

January 19, 2016
David Tamarkin is cooking every meal for one month - nearly 90 meals - and posting his progress on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #cook90. (David Tamarkin)

Epicurious editor David Tamarkin wasn’t doing a lot of cooking at home, so he gave himself a challenge.

Remembering MLK At An Atlanta Restaurant Where He Used To Dine

January 18, 2016
Paschal's restaurant opened in Atlanta in 1947, and specializes in Southern cuisine. (

Legend has it that Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders organized marches at the tables of Paschal’s restaurant.

Cold Weather Causes Cauliflower Shortage

January 12, 2016
Cauliflowers are becoming a rare sight as the main cauliflower-producing locales in the U.S. are grapple with cold weather. (Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

Low temperatures in California and Arizona are behind the popular wintertime vegetable’s scarcity and price spike.

Flint Faces Water Crisis Now, And For Years To Come

January 11, 2016
In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, Flint residents receive free water being distributed at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Dangerous lead levels in drinking water in Flint, Michigan. We’ll look at the crisis there and the country’s troubled water infrastructure.

As KFC Trucks Nashville Hot Chicken Around The Nation, A Look At The Original

January 8, 2016
After eating at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack as a kid, Aqui Hines started a place called 400 Degrees. (Blake Farmer/WPLN)

Legend has it that hot chicken started as a would-be punishment for a cheating husband. Blake Farmer brings us the story.

Building A Better Honeybee

January 7, 2016
Terry Shanor, a beekeeper from Butler County in western Pennsylvania. A co-op of beekeepers in the region are trying to breed tougher honeybees that can survive cold winters and fight back against parasitic mites. (Lou Blouin)

It’s become a very tricky business to keep bees alive. And not because of colony collapse disorder.

Why Is Massachusetts So Bad At Providing Access To Fresh Food?

January 6, 2016
Noemi Sosa looks at an apple as she shops at the Daily Table, the first not-for-profit supermarket located in Dorchester. Dorchester Community Food Co-op would bring much-needed fresh food to the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Bay State ranks third from the bottom in the number of supermarkets per person. How did that happen and how can we fix it?

Boston Chipotle Where 136 Sickened With Norovirus Reopens

December 27, 2015
A man walks near a closed Chipotle restaurant earlier this month in Cleveland Circle. (Steven Senne/AP)

A Chipotle near Boston College has reopened weeks after 136 students and other patrons fell ill with norovirus.

Memoir Tells Story Of Resilience, Love And Food

December 24, 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.

When Family Comes Together Over Food During The Holidays

December 23, 2015
What food traditions do you have with your family during the holidays? (Josh McGinn/Flickr)

To talk about how food can bring us together with our families for the holidays, we were joined by a couple of family food experts.

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