12:01pm

Mon May 20, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Saltwich

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 12:48 pm

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

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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11:44am

Mon May 20, 2013
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 3:27 pm

Alexis Normand sings the anthem.
YouTube

11:35am

Mon May 20, 2013
The Two-Way

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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11:21am

Mon May 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Beijing Angry Over North Korea's Seizure Of Chinese Fishermen

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 12:06 pm

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

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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11:05am

Mon May 20, 2013
Parallels

Pope Francis Puts The Poor Front And Center

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 6:06 pm

Pope Francis blesses a child Sunday after the Holy Mass at St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.
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Over the past week, Pope Francis has launched a crescendo of attacks on the global financial system and what he calls a "cult of money" that does not help the poor.

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10:46am

Mon May 20, 2013
The Two-Way

ABC's Karl Expresses Regret, But Stands By Benghazi Story

ABC News' Jonathan Karl, delivering his initial report, part of which he now regrets.
ABCNews.go.com

ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl now says he regrets that some key parts of a major story he reported on May 10 were wrong.

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10:40am

Mon May 20, 2013
Television

Brooks: "I'm An EGOT; I Don't Need Any More"

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 8:54 am

Once vehemently opposed to the idea of being the subject of a documentary, Brooks had a change of heart. The result is a new American Masters episode, Mel Brooks: Make a Noise.
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Over the 60 years that Mel Brooks has been in the entertainment business, his name has become synonymous with comedy. He is the man who broke Broadway records for most Tony Award wins with The Producers (an adaptation of his own movie); who satirized Westerns and racism in Blazing Saddles; and who poked fun at monster movies with Young Frankenstein.

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10:39am

Mon May 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Company Scraps Controversial Lesson Plan System

After uproar over some lesson plans some conservatives deemed un-American, a Texas company has decided scrap a curriculum system used by 877 school districts that were too small or too poor to produce their own.

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10:17am

Mon May 20, 2013
NPR Story

Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 2:43 pm

Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984.
Raph Gatti AFP/Getty Images

Singer Sarah Vaughan came up in the 1940s alongside bebop lions Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, starting out in Earl Hines' big band. Hines had hired her as his singer and deputy pianist, while Gillespie praised her fine ear for chords as she grasped the arcane refinements of bebop harmony.

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9:53am

Mon May 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

Meredith Axelrod

Most people are eager to discover any new form of technology. And once they do, they quickly forget the “old ways.” Well, singer Meredith Axelrod is not most people. She specializes in recreating early vocal and recording techniques, usually prior to the 1930s. Meredith Axelrod will be singing in her sentimental style next Saturday, May 25 at the Atlas Café in San Francisco, from about 4 to 6pm.

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