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The Salt
11:02 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Sandwich Monday: The Burger King Veggie Burger

You've got your work cut out for you here, mayonnaise.
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Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:24 pm

Burger King has made great reforms in the past few years, in case you haven't noticed. First, the election of its first Burger Prime Minister freed its citizens from the absolute monarchy that had ruled the restaurant for decades. Second, it created a veggie burger.

Eva: I wonder where they got the vegetarian pink slime.

Miles: I do have to hand it to Burger King, its food-shame substitute feels almost exactly like the real thing.

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NPR Story
10:55 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Fighting Words From Minnesota Rapper Dessa

Dessa's latest album is "Parts of Speech." (Doomtree)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:48 pm

Stephen Thompson, NPR Music writer and editor, brings us a new single from Minnesota rapper Dessa.

“Fighting Fish,” from her new album Parts of Speech, includes lyrics about Greek philosophy and emotional turmoil.

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The Salt
10:52 am
Mon July 15, 2013

The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

A shandy in the summertime
Holly Clark Photo courtesy of Holly Clark Photography

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:34 pm

A beer cocktail quaffed around the world for centuries is quickly becoming America's "it" drink of the summer: shandy.

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NPR Story
10:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

How TV Shows Cope With An Actor's Death

Cory Monteith at the Los Angeles premiere of "Glee" on May 11, 2009, in Santa Monica, California. (Todd Williamson/Invision via AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old actor most famous for playing the high school jock turned glee club singer on the Fox show “Glee,” was found dead on Saturday night in his Vancouver hotel room.

The cause of death has not yet been made public. Monteith had struggled in the past with substance abuse.

It’s unclear how Glee producers will address Monteith’s death as the show ramps up for its new season.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Holder: Trayvon Martin Case Is A Chance For 'Difficult Dialogue'

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 11:59 am

Speaking at a luncheon for the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Eric Holder said he shared concerns about the "tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year."

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NPR Story
10:40 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Head Start Programs Try To Deal With Sequester Cuts

Students pose for a picture at a Head Start program run by the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. (CHC Community Action Agency)

Up to 70,000 children could lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start programs as a result of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester, according to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Local programs are trying to compensate for the cuts by trimming other areas of their budgets, in an attempt to keep the Head Start slots in the program open for children.

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Parallels
10:27 am
Mon July 15, 2013

New Bangladeshi Law Lets Workers Unionize More Freely

A Bangladeshi garment worker participates in a protest outside the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export Association office building in the capital, Dhaka, on July 11. The country's Parliament approved a new law that would allow workers to unionize more freely.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 10:55 am

The garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than 1,000 people in April, has spurred the Parliament into action.

The legislature approved a law Monday that makes it easier for workers to unionize. The vote comes amid scrutiny of working conditions in the country after the building collapse outside Dhaka, the capital.

The building, Rana Plaza, housed garment factories that churned out products for some of the world's top brands.

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Washington State Budget
10:08 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Tax Break For Russell Investments Riles House Finance Chair

Washington House Finance Chairman Reuven Carlyle. Credit: Washington Legislature

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:00 pm

It was the legislative equivalent of a buzzer beater. Just as the Washington legislature was about to adjourn last month, the House and Senate quickly passed a series of tax breaks mostly for businesses. They included exemptions for dance clubs, mint growers, dairy products and this one: digital data used by international investment firms.

That last one will largely benefit a single global firm – Seattle-based Russell Investments. This tax break passed despite efforts to close these kinds of loopholes.

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GMO Bounce-Back
10:08 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Northwest Wheat Farmers Look Forward To Restored Market

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:57 pm

  The first bushels of Northwest wheat are coming off honey-colored fields in southeast Washington.

The harvest comes just as Japan and South Korea say they’ll resume buying Northwest wheat. The Asian countries banned the U.S. grain after some genetically modified plants were found in Oregon this spring. The bounce-back is a huge relief for Northwest farmers, but market confidence remains shaken.

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NPR Story
9:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Why We Lose Weight When We Sleep

(JuditK/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Why do we weigh less in the morning than we do at night?

NPR’s Robert Krulwich decided to find out and he shares his findings with us.

It turns out that much of it has to do with breathing.

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Parallels
9:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Datsun's Rebirth In India And The Revival Of Long-Gone Cars

Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn poses with the Datsun Go in New Delhi on Monday. Its the first new Datsun model in more than three decades.
Manish Swarup AP

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9:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates Get Creative With Money

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Stars pose for a photo before a baseball game at PNC Park against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 14, 2013. From left they are; relief pitcher Mark Melancon (35), center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22), starting pitcher Jeff Locke (49), relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39), and third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24). (Gene J. PuskarAP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Fans of baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates have endured 20 straight losing seasons, the longest stretch of futility among the four professional sports teams.

But as they head into the All-Star break, the Pirates have one of the best records of all the Major League Baseball teams. And the case can be made they did it by smart investing.

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NPR Story
9:40 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Top Runners Test Positive For Banned Substances

Tyson Gay of the United States, left, and Asafa Powell of Jamaica, right, during their 100 meter race at the 2009 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, an international track and field event. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Tyson Gay, a former Olympic champion, and Asafa Powell, a world record holder in the 100 meters, confirmed on Sunday they have tested positive for banned substances.

There were also reports that Powell was among five Olympic gold medalists from Jamaica who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at that country’s national championships last month.

These revelations cast a shadow over next month’s world championships in Moscow.

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The Picture Show
9:21 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Photo Exhibit Spanning Decades Reveals Our Collective War Story

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 6:13 am

War/Photography is a genre-defining exhibition currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. And also the last place I wanted to find myself on a sunny midweek morning.

As a photojournalist and picture editor, I've consumed my fair share of conflict photography, essays and films. How could this exhibition possibly be any different from all the other shows I've seen in this vein?

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NPR Story
9:15 am
Mon July 15, 2013

How Stand-Your-Ground Laws Affect Verdicts

George Zimmerman’s lawyers did not use Florida’s 2005 stand-your-ground law to defend him against charges in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

But the jury in the case was instructed to determine its verdict based on the stand-your-ground law, which meant that in order to convict Zimmerman for murder, prosecutors needed to prove that Zimmerman was not acting in self-defense.

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