The Salt
6:37 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Why Russia Is Saying 'Nyet' To U.S. Meat Imports

A man buys meat at a butcher's stand in Moscow's Dorogomilovsky market in 2011. On Monday, Russia began blocking U.S. meat imports until those imports are ractopamine-free.
Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 11:36 am

Chances are, you've never heard of ractopamine. But as of Monday, U.S. meat exports to Russia — worth $500 million dollars a year — have been suspended, all because of this obscure chemical.

Russian officials say American meat products won't be allowed into their country unless the meat is certified free of ractopamine.

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The Two-Way
6:23 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Book News: Anger Over 'Superman' Author Who Condemns Homosexuality

An image from the cover of the first issue of Superman.
DC Comics AP

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:06 am

  • Former POW John Borling talks with Renee Montagne

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Top Stories: North Korea Bomb Test; Obama's State Of The Union Tonight

Good morning, here's our top story:

North Korean Nuke Test Seems Timed To Upstage Obama's State Of The Union.

And here are more early headlines:

First Lady's Guests For State Of The Union Speech Include Apple CEO. (San Jose Mercury News)

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All Songs Considered
5:36 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Bryan Ferry Wants To Be Your Valentine, DJ

Bryan Ferry.
Adam Whitehead Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:04 pm

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Asia
5:29 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Haute Tokyo Restaurant Serves Up: Dirt

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. For Valentine's Day dinner, consider Ne Quittez Pas. The haute Tokyo restaurant has patrons digging deep in their wallets for an apparently chic ingredient - dirt. For $110 each you can dine in four courses of favorites like the soil surprise, a dirt-dusted potato ball with a truffle center. Or if you're feeling gritty, try the soil sorbet. I say go for the fish soup. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
5:27 am
Tue February 12, 2013

North Korean Nuke Test Seems Timed To Upstage Obama's State Of The Union

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:06 am

Not only might North Korea's third underground explosion of an atomic device be a sign that it is closer to having a weapon that's light enough to be put on a missile, it seems to be a not-so-subtle message aimed at the U.S.

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Around the Nation
5:17 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Montana TV Station Warns Of Attacking Zombies

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

KRTV viewers in Great Falls, Montana were interrupted by a bizarre emergency message yesterday: Zombies On The Attack.

(SOUNDBITE OF EMERGENCY MESSAGE)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living...

First Reads
5:03 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'With Or Without You' By Domenica Ruta

Spiegel & Grau

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 11:05 am

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Domenica Ruta's memoir, With or Without You, chronicles her youth in a working-class Massachusetts town, the daughter of a wildly flamboyant mother who drove a beat-up lime green hatchback, and held impromptu storm-watching parties on the porch.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue February 12, 2013

'Vampires' Isn't Sparkly — It's Magnificent

There's a popular misconception that literary fiction is supposed to be staid, boring, realistic to a fault. Like all stereotypes, it's deeply unfair, but it endures, perhaps because readers keep having traumatic flashbacks to novels, like Sister Carrie, that they were forced to read in high school.

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Political Junkie
4:03 am
Tue February 12, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Knowing you the way I do, I figured it would make no sense putting up ScuttleButton later in the day today. Not while you're getting ready for President Obama's State of the Union address to Congress.

So I decided to have it ready early this morning, giving you more time to solve this week's puzzle. And, I daresay, it's a bit harder than usual.

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