Boy Scouts Of America End Blanket Ban On Gay Leaders

The Boy Scouts National Executive Board approved a resolution that would allow "openly gay adult leaders and employees." But local units will still be able to bar gay leaders.

California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.

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With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

In-house chaplains have helped detainees cope with daily frustration, even reducing violence in detention centers. But meeting the spiritual needs of people from all over the world is a challenge.

For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

Greece grows plenty of good agricultural products, but has trouble competing internationally. Many in Greece say it's time for the farm sector to modernize.

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Could Joe Biden Get 'Ready For Biden'?

It's unusual for a sitting vice president to not be a part of the campaign conversation. One group is urging Biden to run and holding out hope he hears the call.

Boston's 2024 Olympic Bid Is Over

The U.S. Olympic Committee had backed Boston over bids from San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. But the mayor now says Bostonians were "rightly hesitant" to commit to the potential cost.

Cheap Eats: A Cookbook For Eating Well On A Food Stamp Budget

A Canadian scholar was unimpressed with the cookbooks available for people on food stamps in the U.S. So she decided to come up with her own set of tips and recipes for eating well on $4 a day.

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Fleeing To Haiti, They Put Their Faith In 'God And Government'

Thousands of residents of the Dominican Republic — many of Haitian descent — have been stripped of citizenship. Facing deportation, they've moved into camps. Now they're living in limbo.

Malaysia, Cuba Taken Off U.S. Human Trafficking Blacklist

Many human rights advocates and U.S. lawmakers say the upgrade has more to do with politics than with the facts on the ground in those countries.

Major League Soccer Gambles On Star Power Of Aging Foreign Players

Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo is one of a number of older European stars to sign with an MLS team. While their presence may boost the league, it has led to criticism of MLS as a "retirement home."

The Very Best Of Barbecue

July 27, 2015
The Snow BBQ best, in WBUR's kitchen. (Sarah Platt / WBUR)

From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!

Food Innovators Develop Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon

July 24, 2015
Dulse, a type of seaweed, has for centuries been harvested in the wild and used in northern European cuisine. (Akuppa/Flickr)

Researchers say a fast-growing new form of a seaweed tastes like bacon when fried.

New Science On Old Methods For Cholesterol Reduction

July 16, 2015
This Nov. 15, 2005 file photo shows 40 milligram tablets of Lipitor, one kind of statin used for lowering blood cholesterol, in Glen Rock, N.J.  (AP)

A lot more people should be on statins to lower cholesterol, according to new studies. We’ll look at the science and risks.

Hot Foods For Hot Days: 2 Spicy Summer Recipes

July 14, 2015
A serrano chili pepper ripens on the plant. (rex_imperator/Flickr)

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst says eating spicy food on a hot day can actually make you feel cooler.

Wet Spring In Midwest Is A Big Challenge For Farmers

July 10, 2015
By the end of June, Matt Plenge’s Kahoka, Missouri, farm had received close to four times its normal rainfall. (Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)

Missouri is struggling to soak up 150 percent more rain than it gets in a typical spring, and Illinois had its rainiest June on record.

Starbucks Is Raising Its Drink Prices

July 7, 2015
Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most coffee drinks. (luizfilipe/Flickr)

The price of raw coffee is going down, but Starbucks is raising its prices due to higher rents and wages, it says.

An Overnight Field Trip With My Son — And His Diabetes

July 7, 2015
Susan Lanzoni: "I came to farm school with a bag of glucose tablets, alcohol wipes, sets for infusion, needles, insulin and emergency glucagon." (Grant MacDonald/flickr)

I came to farm school with a bag of glucose tablets, alcohol wipes, sets for infusion, needles, insulin and emergency glucagon.

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.

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