Soaking Rains In Texas and Oklahoma Wash Away Homes, Kill 2 People

Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.

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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.

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Remembering Nobel Prize-Winning Mathematician John Nash

The great mathematician, whose accomplishments and struggle with schizophrenia were depicted in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, died with his wife, Alice, in a car accident on Saturday. "His suffering, I know, was real," says University of Chicago economist Roger Myerson. "But he was touched by glory."

Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

Ash Carter, in an interview on CNN, said that the ISF lost Anbar despite "vastly outnumbering" fighters of the self-declared Islamic State.

Malaysia Finds Gravesites In Camps Used By People Smugglers

The gruesome discovery of the sites thought to contain dozens or possibly hundreds of remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, follows a similar find this month across the border in Thailand.

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

The Nobel Prize winner who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with his wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.

Greece Warns That It Will Probably Miss Next Month's Debt Payment

Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis says a $1.76 billion payment due next month "will not be given and is not there to be given."

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Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Ricardo Martinelli, may soon face charges for stealing millions of dollars from the government during his five years in power.

Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

Rising waters behind the earth dam created by the landslide could burst through, inundating villages for miles downstream, officials say.

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Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July

A program that made IUDs accessible to Colorado teenagers is running out of funding. State Rep. Don Coram, a Republican, fought to save it. He credits the initiative with the drop in teen pregnancies.

In Her Latest Cookbook, Flour Bakery’s Joanne Chang Makes Life Sweet With Less Sugar

May 22, 2015
Joanne Chang's cinnamon sugar monkey bread, which is featured in her latest cookbook, "Baking with Less Sugar." (Courtesy Joseph De Leo)

Joanne Chang has coined a great phrase: “Make life sweeter, eat dessert first,” but now she’s added the challenge to make life sweet with less sugar.

Wal-Mart Calls On Suppliers To Treat Farm Animals Better

May 22, 2015
Pigs on a farm in the village of Gangzhong in China's eastern Zhejiang province on November 19, 2013. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The retail giant is asking its suppliers in the U.S. to treat farm animals better, and give them fewer antibiotics.

It’s Only Getting Worse: California Farmers Consider Historic Cuts

May 22, 2015
Farmer Joe Del Bosque (L) talks with a worker on April 23, 2015 in Firebaugh, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, farmers in the Central Valley are struggling to keep their crops watered and many have opted to leave acres of the fields fallow. ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Farmers who have water rights are worried regulators will take their water anyway, so they’ve offered the state a deal.

YouTube Sensation Publishes Her First Cookbook

May 21, 2015
YouTube cooking sensation Maangchi is out with her first cookbook, "Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking." (

Maangchi’s career was born when her son suggested she start making videos of herself cooking Korean dishes.

White House Unveils Plan To Save Honeybees

May 19, 2015
Jordan Erickson with Gene Brandi Apiaries inspects a bee hive on September 5, 2014 in Los Banos, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force has released a strategy to help improve bee habitat and health.

Chef Ottolenghi On Food, And Its Role In Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

May 18, 2015
Yotam Ottolenghi is a world renowned chef and cookbook author. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Jerusalem-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi is widely acclaimed for his restaurants and his cookbooks.

New Cookbook Explores The Cuisine Of The Great Plains

May 13, 2015
Bison is lower in fat than regular cow beef. (Photo © Dana Damewood)

Summer Miller shares stories and recipes from award-winning chefs in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and more.

Farm To Fork: Raising Goats And Making Cheese In Topsfield

May 12, 2015
One of the many goats at Valley View Farmstead Cheeses. (Meghna Chakrabarti/WBUR)

Spring is a busy time for the Mulhollands — with trees to tap, cheese to make and goats giving birth left and right. It might sound like the idyllic country life, but it’s hard work.

Does Removing Artificial Ingredients Mean Healthier Food?

May 8, 2015
Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich is pictured in 2013. Panera is the latest company to tout the removal of artificial ingredients, adding more fuel to the debate over whether such moves improve the quality of food or are little more than a marketing tool. (Panera Bread via AP)

Panera Bread is the latest chain to announce it will stop using certain ingredients.

5 Dessert Recipes Perfect For Mother's Day

May 7, 2015
A carton of strawberries (mr_t_in_dc/Flickr)

These recipes from our resident chef Kathy Gunst take advantage of the bounty of spring, but aren’t overly sweet.

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.

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.

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

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.

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