NPR Story
11:22 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Op-Ed: North Korea Gets Too Many Second Chances

The United Nations Security Council issued a strong condemnation after North Korea's failed satellite launch attempt. Such condemnations were also issued in 2006 and 2009. In a piece in Foreign Affairs, Dartmouth College government professor Jennifer Lind argues that North Korea gets too many second chances.

From Murrow College
11:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Vets Without Borders

Lassi in for treatment.
Andrea Castillo Murrow News Service

GRANDADA, NICARAGUA -- The German Shepherd staggered into the veterinary clinic. A large bandana – wrapped around its belly – hung low, almost touching the ground.

The dog, named Lassi, winced as veterinarians checked her body, her cries suppressed with a muzzle. When the veterinarians removed the bandana, they discovered a ruptured,five-pound tumor.

“When Lassi suffers, I suffer,” said the dog’s owner Ana Goussen. “I was going to have her put down even though it would hurt from the bottom of my heart.”

Accessible Veterinary Care

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The Salt
10:41 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Fast Food In The U.S. Has Way More Salt Than In Other Countries

In the United States, you get the extra salt for free.

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 12:46 pm

Want extra salt with that fast-food meal? Then buy it in the United States, where chicken dishes, pizzas, and even salads are loaded with far more salt than in Europe and Australia, according to new research.

The McDonald's Chicken McNuggets in the United States have more than twice as much salt as their sister nuggets in the United Kingdom. That's 1.6 grams of salt for every 100 grams of American nugget, compared with 0.6 grams in the U.K.

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Mon April 16, 2012

World Bank Chooses U.S.-Backed Kim To Be Its Next President

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 1:11 pm

The World Bank's executive directors have chosen Dr. Jim Yong Kim to be the development agency's next president.

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The Picture Show
10:05 am
Mon April 16, 2012

You're Not Alone: Taxpayers Have Been Miserable For Decades

Alfred Eisenstaedt Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Misery loves company. Multitudes are no doubt making the last-minute scramble to finish taxes today. If that's the case for you, perhaps you can take solace in the fact that this tax misery is a long-lived American tradition.

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10:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Spring Is Here, Will The Housing Market Bounce Back?

Foreclosure filings in March fell to their lowest level in four years. Some analysts see the market healing and turning around, yet others argue the next wave of foreclosures are just around the corner. NPR's Chris Arnold discusses how housing markets are faring across the nation.

Movie Interviews
10:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

The Ratings Controversy Surrounding 'Bully'

The documentary Bully caught national attention when it received an R rating for harsh language from the Motion Picture Association of America. Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company — which distributed the film — discusses the decision to re-edit the film for release with a PG-13 rating.

Middle East
10:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

The Standoff Over Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 7:28 am



This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. We don't know much about Saturday's talks in Istanbul between Iran and the group of six major powers, but all sides used positive terms like constructive and agreed to a second round in Baghdad.

While diplomacy continues, the United States warns that the window for talks is closing. There's open talk of preemptive air strikes in Israel, and ever-tightening sanctions continue to squeeze Iran's economy.

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The Salt
9:21 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Is 'Tuna Scrape' The 'Pink Slime' Of Sushi?

Spicy tuna roll, or spicy tuna goo?

The fact that there has been a salmonella outbreak among people who eat sushi isn't super surprising; raw seafood does pose more health risks than cooked fish.

But the fact that the fish implicated in the outbreak is something called "tuna scrape" sure got our attention here at The Salt.

According to the Food and Drug Administration's recall notice, tuna scrape is "tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product." In other words, tuna hamburger.

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