If you're taking a walk or just sitting by the pool, music isn't the only thing that you can listen to on your MP3 player. Download these National Public Radio pieces for some food for thought via your earbuds.


I'm constantly changing the music that's on my iPod and searching for new things to listen to while I'm taking walks, driving in the car, or on the rare occasion that I actually stretch out on a lounge chair by the pool and have a few minutes of time to myself. This summer, I'm adding more than just music to my iPod. I'm downloading pieces from NPR to listen to as well.


Not everything I'm downloading has to do with food, but a lot of it does. I thought I'd share these five pieces from past NPR shows that I've downloaded — maybe some of them will interest you.


  1. Clean Your Grill, and Other Hot Holiday Food Tips From Food Network’s Alton Brown (7 min. 14 sec.) – One of my favorite celebrity cooks gives helpful tips for grilling meat, fish, veggies and even fruit; plus he answers the age-old question, "Gas or charcoal?"
  2. Humans, The World's "Superomnivores" (17 min. 35 sec.) – An interview with author John S. Allen about his book "The Omnivorous Mind." It touches on the history of human eating, from foraged foods on the savannah to four-star meals cooked by celebrity chefs, and discusses why crunchy foods like tempura and fried chicken have universal appeal.
  3. Bloomberg's Sugary Drink Ban May Not Change Soda Drinkers' Habits (4 min. 0 sec.) – A Cornell University behavioral economics professor explains why he thinks the proposed ban in NYC on large-sized sugary drinks may not change anything.
  4. Antibiotic-Free Meat Business is Booming, Thanks to Chipotle (7 min. 6 sec.) – Demand for antibiotic-free meat is increasing from big players, not just individual foodies, and it has meat producers scrambling to adjust. That's a good thing.
  5. Tired of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead (3 min. 51 sec.) – As home gardening has gained popularity over the past four years, so has replacing large portions of the lawn, both in the back and front yard, with edible landscapes. Some people are actually starting foodscaping (as opposed to landscaping) businesses.

Have you heard any good NPR stories or podcasts that are worth downloading for future listening?


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.