Aspen Public Radio http://aspenpublicradio.org en These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/these-5-crops-are-still-hand-harvested-and-its-hard-work Mechanization has made the farming of many crops — lettuce and tomatoes, among them — a lot less labor intensive. But some crops are still tended and harvested by hand, and it can be painstaking work.<p>How do you measure the labor intensity of crops? We thought there would be an easy answer to that, but there isn't. Some agricultural economists talk about labor input in terms of hours per acre, but that may not take into account the difficulty of the labor.<p>For Labor Day, we thought we'd round up some of those crops that still require very specialized human labor. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Eliza Barclay 23833 at http://aspenpublicradio.org These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/it-has-been-100-years-passenger-pigeon-became-extinct The <a href="http://cincinnatizoo.org/blog/2014/08/26/cincinnati-zoo-remembers-martha-the-worlds-last-passenger-pigeon/" target="_blank">Cincinnati Zoo</a> held a commemorative event; the <a href="http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/news/marthas-day" target="_blank">London Zoo stopped the clock outside its bird house</a> at noon. The object of their memorials: Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.<p>Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant birds. Massive flocks of more than 1 million would darken the sky. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 23830 at http://aspenpublicradio.org The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/model-manhood-immigrant-dads-draw-two-worlds Lindolfo Carballo knows there's a stereotype about men like him. He grew up in San Miguel, El Salvador, he says, in a male-dominant culture.<p>"I'm coming from a so-called 'machista' country, right? Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 23831 at http://aspenpublicradio.org To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/cutting-back-carbs-not-fat-may-lead-more-weight-loss We've <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/03/31/295719579/rethinking-fat-the-case-for-adding-some-into-your-diet">reported</a> a lot this year about how there's a major rethinking of fat happening in the U.S.<p>Turns out, eating foods with fat — everything from avocados and nuts to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/12/275376259/the-full-fat-paradox-whole-milk-may-keep-us-lean">dairy fat</a> — doesn't make us fat.<p>But eating too many carbohydrates — particularly the heavily refined starches found in bagels, white pasta and crackers — does our collective waistlines n Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:51:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 23832 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/uk-seeks-expand-terrorism-laws-target-british-fighters Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to give U.K. police the power to seize the passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria.<p>"We will introduce specific and targeted legislation ... Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:10:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 23829 at http://aspenpublicradio.org U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters