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6:06 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

'Meat Shoots': Examining A Rural Tradition

A sign for a meat shoot in Natick, Mass. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 3:52 pm

If you drive off the interstate and head down a county road, in many parts of the country you’ll often see signs for “meat shoots” at local VFWs or American Legions.

It’s a sport some may not be familiar with, but meat shoots are an integral part of rural culture — and often serve a purpose.

Civic organizations, conservation groups and individuals will hold meat shoots as fundraisers for people in need, for example after someone suffers a house fire or a devastating illness.

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6:05 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Is Another Housing Bubble Growing?

Peter Wallison, a conservative voice in the world of fiscal policy, recently wrote a much-commented-upon opinion piece in the New York Times entitled "The Bubble is Back." But unlike his most of colleagues on the 2011 Fiscal Crisis Inquiry Commission, Wallison blames government housing policy for the last bubble. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 3:52 pm

Peter Wallison, a conservative voice in the world of fiscal policy, sees signs of another housing bubble. He points to the growing gap between owning versus renting, and to a return to no-money-down mortgages.

He recently wrote a much-commented-upon opinion piece in the New York Times entitled “The Bubble is Back.” But unlike his most of colleagues on the 2011 Fiscal Crisis Inquiry Commission, Wallison blames government housing policy for the last bubble.

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6:05 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

D.C. Barbecue Joint Serves Food For Soul And Mind

Chef Furard Tate says he wanted to "bring love back" to a Washington, D.C., neighborhood damaged since the 1968 riots.
Allison Keyes NPR

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 6:44 pm

Chef Furard Tate is the kind of man who never sits still. He flits from the order desk at Inspire BBQ back to the busy kitchen, where young men are seasoning sauce, cooking macaroni and cheese, and finishing off some dry-rubbed ribs smoked on a grill.

"We grill on a real grill," Tate says. "None of this electric stuff."

But as important as the food is, Tate says it's also important that it's made by young hands who must learn a slow, consistent process.

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7:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Why U.S. Taxpayers Started — And Stopped — Paying Brazilian Cotton Farmers

Robert Smith NPR

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 5:20 pm

Note: This is an update to a story we initially published in 2010.

In 2002, Pedro Camargo had a job in Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture. He was annoyed by the subsidies the U.S. government payed to U.S. cotton farmers.

"We want to compete farmer against farmer, and not Brazilian farmer and American farmer with the help of the US government," he told me. "Not only is that not fair; it's not following the rules."

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7:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

You Can Now Send Someone You Temporarily Like A 'Bachelor' Bouquet

This is a real press release photo of the Bachelor bouquet.
Warner Brothers Entertainment

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:37 pm

It's Friday, so let's take a moment to consider the greatest press release of the week. (And by "greatest," I mean "most ridiculous." As always.)

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7:58 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Chef Kathy Gunst Is Excited About Eggs

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst loves putting farm fresh eggs on salads and sandwiches. (Kathy Gunst/Here & Now)

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:54 pm

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has been seeing eggs everywhere: on salads in bistros and on top of ramen in noodle shops. And she’s a fan herself, as she tells host Robin Young.

“I think in a way, eggs might be the most perfect food around. It’s just this great blast of protein and energy and it’s no longer just for breakfast.”

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7:57 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Cadillac Targets Women With Fashion-Forward Image

Actress/singer Rita Ora departs for the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in a Cadillac XTS. (Cadillac)

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:54 pm

This week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the luxury brand Cadillac debuted a new crest. According to Cadillac officials, the new, streamlined crest “mirrors the evolution” of the brand.

That’s not the only thing that’s changing for Cadillac. The 111-year-old luxury brand wants to reach out to an untapped demographic: women.

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7:57 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Katydid Dilemma: Will You Eat Insects?

Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:30 pm

It's right there on the dinner menu at Oyamel (a Washington, D.C., restaurant), listed under the "authentic Mexican tacos" section:

Chapulines

The legendary Oaxacan specialty of sauteed grasshoppers, shallots, tequila and guacamole.

$5.00

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8:57 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Offshore 'Click Farms' Inflate Social Media Numbers

(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:12 pm

You’ve probably heard that there’s a huge industry devoted to inflating social media accounts. Italian security researchers found that creating fake Twitter followers generated between $40 and $360 million last year.

Bogus Facebook activity brought in about $200 million.

What you may not know is there are also “click farms,” where workers sit and tap away for as little as a half cent per click.

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8:57 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Detroit Auto Show Warms Up With Hot New Cars

Mary Barra, the new CEO of General Motors, walks to a media scrum on the eve of the 2014 North American International Auto Show on January 12, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:12 pm

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is chock full of previews of new and experimental cars.

But all eyes were locked on incoming General Motor CEO, Mary Barra. When she takes the reigns later this week, she’ll be the first female chief of a global automaker.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini is at the auto show, and he speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about the buzz.

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