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Gerry Newman buys vanilla by the gallon. He's co-owner of Albemarle Baking Company, in Charlottesville, Va., and vanilla goes into everything from his cookies to pastry cream.

A few years ago, each one-gallon bottle of organic, fair-trade vanilla set him back $64. Today, it's $245, more than Newman can comfortably stomach.

It's a global phenomenon, hitting pastry chefs and ice cream makers alike. Some have changed their recipes, to use less vanilla. Newman has switched suppliers to find a cheaper product.

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It is a good time for the spoken word. There's a whole lot out there - from radio to podcasts to audio books. Turns out there are lots of choices out there for young audiophiles too.

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