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Why Caffeine In Coffee Is A Miracle Drug For The Tired

Historians tell us that caffeine in coffee helped Western civilization "sober up" and get down to business. Now scientific research shows that at low doses, caffeine improves performance on mental tasks, especially in people who are already tired.
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VIDEO: The NPR Virtual Coffeehouse

All this week on The Salt and on Morning Edition, we've explored the stories behind your ritual cup of joe. Watch archived video of our Coffee Week conversation in our first Google+ Hangout.
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Exploring Coffee's Past To Rescue Its Future

Today's commercial coffee production is based on only a tiny slice of the genetic varieties that have grown since prehistoric times. And that's a problem, because it leaves the world's coffee supply vulnerable to shocks like climate change, or the leaf rust currently ravaging Latin American coffee farms.
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The Lollipop War

Candy makers and sugar farmers have been fighting for years in Congress. The sugar farmers are winning.
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So Jerry Seinfeld Called Us To Talk About Coffee

After years of not understanding coffee, Jerry Seinfeld says he's finally discovered the delight of meeting someone over a cup. "You have coffee and for some reason it makes you talk a lot," he says.
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Monkeys Also Want To Eat Like The Locals

When monkeys move to a new place, they want to eat what the locals are eating, a new study finds. It's among the first to see strong social behaviors in eating among wild animals.

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