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"Tyranny" On The Menu

In restaurants across the Washington region, innovative chefs use elaborate, multi-course tasting menus to highlight specific ingredients or techniques. While these unique dining experiences can generate buzz for top-flight restaurants, longtime food journalist Corby Kummer argues that they often end up embodying the worst of American "foodie" culture. Kummer joins Kojo to chat about the history of menus, and what restaurants can learn from paying more attention to those paying for meals.


Sylvia Plath's Husband, Ted Hughes, Lived A Life Of Poetry And Tragedy

Biographer Jonathan Bate says his job is to write about "the quality and endurance of the literary work." His new biography has been disavowed by the Hughes estate.

Time To Pursue The Pawpaw, America's Fleeting Fall Fruit

Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn't think so. Ohioan Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting this seasonal, mango-like fruit that's native to the U.S.

What's Next In The Race For Speaker Of The House?

Congressman Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the House Speaker race on Thursday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to a member of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mick Mulvaney about the race for Speaker.

Volkswagen Faces Uphill Battle In Repairing Tarnished Reputation

Volkswagen faces two enormous repair jobs: fixing its polluting diesel cars and its battered reputation. Both may be much harder to fix than anything other scandal-plagued car companies have faced.

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