Umami, that savory fifth taste, has become a sought-after flavor in the culinary scene, but the food additive that embodies it hasn't fared so well. Invented in 1908, vilified in the '70s, monosodium glutamate may be poised to ride the umami wave back to glory.
Author Dana Goodyear has spent a lot of time dining with foodies who champion bugs as a meal. And horses. And brains. Whales. Leaves. Weeds. Ash. Hay. Even plain dirt. Her new book documents the adventurous chefs and eaters who are redefining Americans' relationship with food.
Mike Spencer Bown has traveled and lived in every single country in the world, making him the most-traveled man, ever. He talked with host Rachel Martin about his 23-year-long adventure for Weekend Edition Sunday's travel segment, Wingin' It.
An elderly father and his son take a painfully long drive from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., ostensibly to collect the million-dollar prize that the father thinks he's won. Host Rachel Martin talks with Nebraska director Alexander Payne.
When humor writer Tom Ruprecht decided in high school to read Ian Frazier's Dating Your Mom, he faced a conundrum that most teens would find terrifying: How do you ask your mom to buy you a book with a title like that? And — again, like most teenagers — his solution wasn't exactly graceful. But at least the book of essays was worth it.
Iran, a notoriously closed society, was the setting for a high-fashion magazine shoot, published in California-based FSHN. It may have been the first such fashion shoot in Iran for an international magazine since 1969. Host Rachel Martin speaks to the photographer, Afra Pourdad.
At 13, Sophie Nelisse is already making big career decisions. She started training in gymnastics at 3 and had her eyes set on the 2016 Olympics. She put those dreams aside when she landed the lead role in The Book Thief. She tells host Arun Rath, "It was a hard choice, but I chose acting."
Amazon's new original comedy series, "Alpha House," features four U.S. senators — all Republicans — sharing living quarters on Capitol Hill. But the show, a creation of Gary "Doonesbury" Trudeau, tries to make fun across political aisles.
Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells host Arun Rath about a new food delivery service, a chess master who is making the board game sexy and President Bill Clinton's comments on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson explores the world of the classic comic strip. NPR's Don Gonyea spoke with director Joel Allen Schroeder about the film and the strip, which still has devoted fans long after the final panels appeared in the paper.
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