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We've never been more connected as a society: tweeting, texting, vining. But when it comes to eating, more of us are going solo. And even when we do have table companions, we may be tuning them out.

After Hurricane Katrina wiped out the city 10 years ago, locals fought hard to preserve their deep-rooted cuisine. But devastation also brought opportunities for more experimental eateries to move in.

NPR's Melissa Block was in China when a major earthquake hit in 2008. As she wraps up her time as host of All Things Considered, she reconnects with a Chinese girl who has overcome great challenges.

Popular advice suggests a low-carb diet is necessary to trigger the body to shed fat. But a small, rigorous study finds low-fat diets also spark body-fat loss. The key: Choose a diet you'll stick to.

Whether it's fresh vegetables, barbecue or tapas, anyone can either restock or stock up on food from this Basque town's communal refrigerator.

For years the fair, which begins Thursday, has provided a platform for presidential candidates vying in the all-important Iowa caucuses. But they haven't always held on to their pork chops.

Prices have fallen by a third in the past three years. Farmers say they're holding onto their 2015 bushels, hoping prices will creep back up before the end of the year.

Christopher Clark, an engineer turned whale biologist, wired the world's oceans with hydrophones. Whales sing as they migrate, he learned. And the ship sounds clouding the ocean can deeply interfere.

Most studies of music's ability to ease pain have been small. But an analysis pooling the best research builds a strong case, doctors say, that a dose of music reduces the need for painkilling pills.

It was once a tiny niche market, but it's now an exploding industry as schools look to comply with new rules that require them to offer programs to raise awareness and lower risk.

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