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The Salt
2:01 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Sandwich Monday: The Saltwich

The pretzel shape provides nice little windows through which you can see your poor choices.
NPR

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 2:48 pm

For years, one of the pieces of advice we've been ignoring is that we should really cut back on our salt intake. Now, a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine says limiting salt below a certain amount may not really do us any good. Around here, we take this to mean: Eat as much salt as you can or you'll die.

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The Two-Way
1:44 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

WATCH: A Train Wreck Of A 'Star-Spangled Banner' Performance

Alexis Normand sings the anthem.
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Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 5:27 pm

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Turnabout Is Fair Play: Senators Have Many Questions For IRS

Outgoing acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven Miller.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

The Internal Revenue Service is under fire for improperly singling out some conservative groups for extra scrutiny — putting them through months (or longer) of questions that delayed or derailed the organizations' requests for tax-exempt status.

Well, now the chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee have some questions and requests — actually dozens of them — for the IRS.

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Beijing Angry Over North Korea's Seizure Of Chinese Fishermen

North Korea's missile test over the weekend, along with the capture of Chinese fishermen, has soured Beijing-Pyongyang relations.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 2:06 pm

Beijing has long been about the closest thing to an ally that Pyongyang enjoys, but the seizure of a Chinese fishing boat by unidentified North Koreans has threatened to put an already tenuous relationship on even shakier ground.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was quoted by The New York Times as making it fairly clear that his government was not happy about the development.

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Krulwich Wonders...
1:16 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Little Metronome That Wouldn't

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Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 1:04 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Tiny Desk Concert

M R Shajarian performs a Tiny Desk Concert in March 2013.
Marie McGrory Marie McGrory/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:31 pm

Every Tiny Desk Concert provides its own particular thrill, but it's not every day that we get to welcome one of NPR's 50 Great Voices to our offices. With the visit of the incredible, honey-voiced Mohammad Reza Shajarian from Iran, we lucked out by having him sing on not just any day, but on the biggest holiday of the Persian calendar: Nowruz, the New Year.

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All Songs Considered
1:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Do You Really Listen To Full Albums?

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 8:17 pm

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

'Cheating' Can Be An Effective Learning Strategy

Paul Morton iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 10:19 am

It's the end of the semester here at UC Berkeley, and I've got testing on my mind. I'm not the only one; across campus, instructors are engaged in the arduous task of grading quickly and fairly while students sigh with relief as they exit their final, final exams.

We most often think of tests as being about assessment. They tell us something about how successfully an individual has mastered the material being tested, and this assessment can in turn help us to assign grades, make determinations about placement or identify areas that would benefit from further study.

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Planet Money
1:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Ask A Banker: Capital, Capital!

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Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 12:09 pm

Hi, it's Ask a Banker! You should send us questions on email or Twitter, but this particular question, though timely, was made up by me, sorry:

Q. Should banks be required to hold much more capital as a safety net? Or should they be putting that money to productive use by lending it out instead?

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Monkey See
1:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Reaction Saturation And Sunday Night Television

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Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 7:57 am

Consider what goes on in your brain when you, for instance, you watch an episode of Mad Men.

First, you have a reaction. "That's weird" is a reaction. So is "yuck." So is "wow." "This doesn't make sense" is a reaction, "that's a great dress" is a reaction, and "WHAT?" is a reaction.

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