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4:07pm

Thu November 14, 2013
The Salt

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

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:29 pm

Illustration by Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Food labels have become battlegrounds. Just last week, voters in Washington state narrowly defeated a measure that would have required food manufacturers to reveal whether their products contain genetically modified ingredients.

Supporters of the initiative — and similar proposals in other states — say that consumers have a right to know what they're eating.

But there are lots of things we might want to know about our food. So what belongs on the label?

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3:15pm

Thu November 14, 2013
NPR's Backseat Book Club

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

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 8:26 pm

Author Roald Dahl stands with his wife, American actress Patricia Neal, and their newborn daughter, Lucy, outside their home in Buckinghamshire, England, in August 1965. Roald Dahl died in 1990.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Every night, author Roald Dahl told his children a story: "Most of them [were] pretty bad," he admitted in a 1972 BBC4 interview, "but now and again you'd tell one and you see a little spark of interest. And if they ever said the next night, 'Tell us some more about that one,' you knew you had something. This went on for quite a long time with a story about a peach that got bigger and bigger and I thought, 'Well heck, why don't I write it.' "

That bedtime story became Dahl's first children's book, James and the Giant Peach.

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3:15pm

Thu November 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

For Ridesharing Apps Like Lyft, Commerce Is A Community

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:34 pm

A Lyft driver in San Francisco drops off a passenger as a taxi passes by. The smartphone app lets city dwellers hitch rides from strangers.
Jeff Chiu AP

This week on-air and online, the tech team is exploring the sharing economy. You'll find the stories on this blog and aggregated at this link, and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Just email, leave a comment or tweet.

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3:15pm

Thu November 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

Electric Cars Drive Demand For Cheaper, More Powerful Batteries

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:29 pm

A prototype of a flexible battery from Imprint Energy, one of 40 companies working on battery technology in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Imprint Energy

If there's one person you'd expect to have an electric car, it's Venkat Srinivasan. He's in charge of battery research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

"I'm actually in the market for a new car and would love to buy an electric car," he says. "But there are practical problems."

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2:12pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Oregon Shines On Medicaid, As Texas Stalls On Sign-Ups

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:29 pm

Kyle Thompson and his family are all going to have health coverage in Oregon, thanks to the state's successful effort to enroll people in Medicaid.
Kristian Foden-Vencil

Oregon might be seen as a complete failure or a surprising success when it comes to its health insurance exchange.

One the one hand, the state's website has yet to allow a single person to enroll. That's a big problem for the folks who are hoping to qualify for subsidies and buy insurance that will start Jan. 1.

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