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Food Technology And How It Shaped The Western Palate

New federal regulations have prompted the biggest overhaul in the food industry in 70 years. But many of the safety and dietary concerns consumers are grappling with today have deep roots. A century ago, the food industry struggled with foodborne outbreaks even as canning and packaging took off. A few decades later, soda’s creep into the American diet caused public outcry over the impact on the health –- and weight –- of the country's youth. We look back at how food processors have influenced our palates and our preference for what we eat, and find out how the industry is changing to meet modern taste and dietary demands.

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago on Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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Inquiry Into Conflict At D.C. Agency Is Planned By Council Member Cheh

Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says she plans on holding hearings on a recent staff shakeup at the city department that awards major public construction projects.

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Listen: 'Web Site Story,' NPR's Musical About The Internet — From 1999

Found in our archives: an Internet-themed remake of West Side Story from the dot-com bubble era. It begins with Bill Gates and features the sound of a modem but isn't as obsolete as you might expect.

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