8/7/2013 9:38 AM
| Elise Hu
In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Previously we've featured the sink-urinal and a better travel neck pillow. (Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.)
8/6/2013 8:01 AM
| MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF
Can't we just leave our fruit alone?
Last year, apple farmers were soaking their fruit in grape flavor to make them more attractive to kids. Now, plant breeders in California have created a grape that tastes like — well, spun sugar and air.
That's right, Salties. Say hello to the Cotton Candy grape.
8/2/2013 8:20 AM
| Robert Krulwich
She was 34, on a trip to Europe, got sick from a flu or maybe it was a virus, had to lie down and stay in bed — for months and months. A friend brought her a snail. You might enjoy its company, she was told.
"Why, I wondered, would I enjoy a snail?," Elisabeth Tova Bailey asks in her book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. "What on earth would I do with it?"
8/1/2013 9:13 AM
| Stephen Thompson
Concertgoers at Webster Hall in New York City during a show by M83 on Nov. 22, 2011.
We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the helpful $40-a-pop reminders not to speed on North Capitol Street is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: a discussion of cellphone recordings at concerts.