Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

Episode 711: Hooked on Heroin

1 hour ago

When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Arizona Hispanics Poised To Swing State Blue

4 hours ago
Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Pages

That Smoky Smell Means Chile Roasting Season In New Mexico

Oct 6, 2013
Originally published on October 6, 2013 1:39 pm

It's chile season in New Mexico, where they take their chiles pretty seriously.

Indeed, the chile is the official state vegetable, so it's probably best to not mention it is actually a fruit. No matter what it is, the fall harvest is on, and that means it's time to fire up the grills.

Green chiles roasting over a hot gas flame give off a smoky, sweet, pungent perfume.

That smell is part of what has drawn customers like Lorenzo and Peggy Lucero to the Diaz farm in Deming, in southwest New Mexico, for the past 30 years.

"Oh yeah," says Lorenzo Lucero. "It makes you get hungrier. You just want to eat more."

It only takes a few minutes for the tough skin to blister off in the roaster, leaving the meat of the chile. As the big steel mesh cylinder stops rotating, the medium-hot "Big Jim" chiles are dumped into plastic bags.

The Luceros already have their next move planned.

"Get some cheese and tortillas, and I'm going home and make a burrito with the chiles," Peggy Lucero says.

There are green chile burritos, green chile chicken enchiladas, green chile stew with pork, chile and cheese rellenos. A green chile on top of a hamburger. If it has green chile, you're in New Mexico.

Eddie Diaz runs his family farm and roadside produce stand with his dad and brothers. The stand is on a road which leads from cities to the north to Interstate 10 in the south. To Diaz, that aroma means customers.

"When they come to my stand to smell that chile and that beautiful smell, they say, 'Oh, I love that smell!' " Diaz says. "I say, 'Yes, it smells like money to me!' "

He's a satisfied man, not necessarily a rich man. He is part of a tradition which goes back generations to folks who roasted chiles at home.

"That smell will take you back to your grandma, your great grandma, and those tastes, you know, that's just part of who you are," he says.

Diaz says he thinks about the traditions from the moment he tills the land and plants the seed. For him, that makes this a sacred business.

"I ask the Lord to bless the crop, and I really take to heart what I do and my spiritual beliefs," he says. "This is my calling, to be here at this produce stand."

For the record, I left the Diaz farm in Deming with 35 pounds of roasted chile, all for $20. I can't get the smell out of my car.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It's chile season - at least in New Mexico, where they take their chiles pretty seriously. Indeed, the chile is the official state vegetable, so probably best to not mention it's actually a fruit. No matter what the capsicum is, the fall harvest is on, and that means it's time to fire up the grills. From Deming, in Southwest New Mexico, NPR's Ted Robbins brings us a Southwest tradition.

TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: Green chiles roasting over a hot, gas flame give off a smoky, sweet, pungent perfume.

LORENZO LUCERO: Oh, yeah...

PEGGY LUCERO: Oh...

LORENZO LUCERO: ...it makes you get hungrier. (Laughter) You want to eat more.

ROBBINS: Lorenzo and Peggy Lucero say they've been coming here, to the Diaz farm in Deming, for 30 years. It only takes a few minutes for the tough skin to blister off in the roaster, leaving the meat of the chile. As the big, steel, mesh cylinder stops rotating, the medium-hot Big Jim chiles are dumped into plastic bags. The Luceros already have their next move planned.

PEGGY LUCERO: Get some cheese and tortillas and - I'm going home and make a burrito with the chile.

ROBBINS: There are green-chile burritos, green-chile chicken enchiladas, green-chile stew with pork, chile and cheese rellenos, a green chile on top of a hamburger. If it has green chile, you're in New Mexico. Eddie Diaz runs the family farm and roadside produce stand with his dad and brothers. The stand is on a road, which leads from cities to the north south to Interstate 10. To Diaz, that aroma means customers.

EDDIE DIAZ: When they come to my stand to smell that chile - and that beautiful smell - they say, oh, I love that smell. I said yeah, it smells like money to me.

ROBBINS: He's a satisfied man, not necessarily a rich man. He's part of a tradition, which goes back generations to folks who roasted chiles at home.

DIAZ: That smell will take you back to your grandma, your great-grandma; and those tastes, you know, it's just part of who you are.

ROBBINS: Eddie Diaz says he thinks about the traditions from the moment he tills the land and plants the seed. And for him, that makes this a sacred business.

DIAZ: I ask the Lord to bless the crop, and I really take to heart what I do and put my spiritual beliefs. And this is my calling - is to be here at this produce stand.

ROBBINS: For the record, I left the Diaz farm in Deming with 35 pounds of roasted chile - 35 pounds for 20 bucks. I can't get the smell out of my car.

ROBBINS: Ted Robbins, NPR News.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

MARTIN: This is NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.