WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Smartphones, Food Photography and Dining Etiquette

Chefs have always known that "you eat with your eyes first"-- that visual presentations of food can affect our perceptions of taste. But in the era of Instagram, some restaurants are adjusting their plates and lighting schemes to cater to the lens of an iPhone. Others have adopted strict no-photography policies - with varying degrees of enforcement - because they worry such practices are disrupting the dining experience. Kojo examines how smartphones are affecting menus and dining etiquette.

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Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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Barbershop: Democrats Talk Core Values In Philadelphia

Democrats Malcolm Kenyatta, Amy Hoag, and Gary Frazier are in Philadelphia days before the Democratic National Convention to talk about challenges facing the party this year.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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