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How Coffee, Citrus And Nuts Help Cut The Risk Of Diabetes

Drinking two or more cups of coffee per day was associated with a 12 percent decreased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to fresh research. But man cannot live on coffee alone. Luckily, other foods may also help decrease the risk of the disease — or help those already diagnosed to manage the condition.

What Are The Lives of Chinese Factory Workers Really Like?

Behind all our material goods, from iPhones to sneakers, is a narrative of exploited Chinese workers with bleak lives. Reporter Leslie T. Chang says that's a disrespectful narrative. She sought out workers in a Chinese megacities and tells their stories.

Where Does General Tso Chicken Actually Come From?

Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have combined to form a new cuisine.


There are some truths that we believe in wholeheartedly — but what if we're completely wrong? Once we separate fact from fiction, how do our perceptions change? In this hour, TED speakers move beyond conventional wisdom to reveal complex realities about what we think we know to be true.

What's The Most Important Thing Food Labels Should Tell Us?

Food labels have become battlegrounds. Government regulators, companies and food movement activists have been fighting over what belongs on the label. (GMOs? Trans fats? Claims that bran prevents heart disease?) We asked four big thinkers for their dream food label.

Roald Dahl Wanted His Magical 'Matilda' To Keep Books Alive

For many young readers, Dahl is a beloved author. But to Lucy Dahl, he's also Dad. "Matilda was one of the most difficult books for him to write," she says. "I think that there was a deep genuine fear within his heart that books were going to go away and he wanted to write about it."

Actor Bruce Dern Gets Up Close And Personal In 'Nebraska'

Dern's new film follows a man named Woody who is starting to show signs of dementia. When Woody falls for one of those junk-mail sweepstakes come-ons, he becomes convinced that he's won $1 million and sets out on foot to collect the cash. Dern tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "[Nebraska] is the most personal movie I've ever done in my career."
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Center For Hellenic Studies Gets A Piece Of The Rock

Mosaics designed by the art deco master Hildreth Meiere have gone from being abandoned in a Newark storage room, to a brand new home in D.C.

Terrence Howard & Sanaa Lathan Dish On 'The Best Man Holiday'

In the new film The Best Man Holiday, college friends reunite after some 15 years, and the old rivalries and romances reignite. It's the sequel to the 1999 comedy The Best Man, which became one of the biggest hits for a black director and cast. Host Michel Martin speaks with actors Sanaa Lathan and Terrence Howard.

Chasing Money, And Meaning, In 'Nebraska'

A road-trip movie from director Alexander Payne (Sideways) follows a man en route to collect a million-dollar prize that probably never was. NPR's Bob Mondello says the black-and-white film is just the latest achievement from a talented filmmaker. (Recommended)