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More Than Just Saying 'Cheese,' Hundreds Sit Test To Become Official Experts

Across the country artisan and specialty cheese is big business, with annual sales approaching $4 billion. And as American palates become ever more adventurous, cheese makers and sellers say they need a higher level of expertise. So Wednesday roughly 200 so-called cheese mongers from around the country will gather in Des Moines to sit for a three-hour exam. If they pass, they become Certified Cheese Professionals. One of those cheese mongers is Mark Virgili who says, “Cheese is very much a...
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The power company Alliant Energy says it aims to triple the amount of wind energy it generates in Iowa due to an up to $1 billion investment.

The company plans to expand a Franklin County wind farm, and possibly construct more turbines around the state.

A new type of yoga festival is coming to Cedar Rapids next month with the aim of empowering people to try new ways of moving their bodies. Ally Thompson is producer for Fields of Yogis, which in addition to hosting yoga workshops, will include classes on burlesque dancing, hula hooping, belly dancing and slacklining. 

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Dianne Bystrom, an Iowa State University researcher who has been studying Hillary Clinton for more than 20-years, says the Democratic presidential candidate must walk a fine line in Thursday night’s acceptance speech.

“Certainly she must come across that she can be commander-in-chief. That she’s got that experience as Secretary of State. But I think this time around-- One of the things she avoided doing in two-thousand-eight that she seems more amenable to this year is talking about herself  as not only a mom, but a grandmother.”

The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation's best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones.

The Turkish government has cracked down on independent media since an attempted coup on July 15, shutting down at least 45 newspapers and 16 TV stations, The Associated Press reports.

On Wednesday, the state-run news service Anadolu Agency reported 47 arrest warrants had been issued for employees of the newspaper Zaman, and 13 people had been detained.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday called for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email and recover messages from her tenure as secretary of state. His comments followed reports that U.S. officials believe Russian hackers stole emails from the Democratic National Committee and arranged for their release.

Reporter Nancy Klingener takes NPR to the annual Underwater Musical Festival in the Florida Keys, as part of All Things Considered's feature on off-kilter summer festivals. A system pipes a fully submerged dance party below the sea. There are mermaids, too.

Prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. The move comes after three other officers were not convicted.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Jennifer Ludden, NPR national correspondent, about the case.

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Jennifer Ludden, NPR national correspondent. She tweets @jenniferludden.

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Identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin began their musical partnership in Calgary, Alberta in 1995. They began writing songs and playing guitars together (and also recording themselves) while still in high school. Tegan and Sara's official debut album was released in 1999, and Love You To Death is their eighth full-length studio release. Greg Kurstin produced, and he also plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums throughout the duo's new record. Kurstin also...
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The Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival’s 2016 Season kicked off with a live Performance Iowa broadcast in Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One! This year’s festival takes on an Alice in Wonderland theme as the chamber players present timeless repertoire for their season entitled “Through the Looking Glass.” Hunter Capoccioni, the festival’s Artistic Director, gave us an inside view into what the season has in store. The group performed the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, the first...
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