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Tough times in Greece bring expired food to the table

Since finishing the grocery auction piece, I’ve continued to follow the topic via a handy Google News alert. And yes, there seems to be such a thing as expired food news. One interesting story I’ve come across this way was a big study that...

Behind the grocery auctions story

This week I talked to Rosland Gammon at the Reynold’s Center for Business Journalism about what went into my recent NPR story on grocery auctions. It was nice to share my process since this piece followed a rather long and convoluted path. You can...

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At the grocery auction, yogurt is going once … going twice …

My latest story for All Things Considered has made me a woman reformed. Since looking into grocery auctions – where they sell damaged, seasonal, discontinued or close to expired food – I now have second thoughts when deciding whether to throw food in the...

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Young and unemployed: The view from a year

An Associated Press article that’s been making the rounds this week has a lot of people talking about recent college grads struggling in the job market. The most oft-cited statistic from the article is that 53 percent of graduates are without work or otherwise...

A name for public radio

There’s a long-standing joke that in order to get on NPR, you need to have a foreign, long or otherwise hard-to-pronounce name (examples: Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and Doualy Xaykaothao). My name was slightly more obscure before the iPhone 4S and ‘Siri,’ but it’s apparently still...

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And the big cheese goes to …

Since starting a new job at NPR’s Digital News desk, I’ve been looking forward to writing for the website outside of my daily duties on All Things Considered. I pitched my first story this week to “The Salt,” NPR’s food blog, and really couldn’t...