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10:57am

Fri November 1, 2013
The Salt

A Spice Buyer On Why Pepper Is Dirty, And How It Gets Clean

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:40 am

Pepper is the spice most commonly contaminated with salmonella and other pathogens.
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This week's news that the Food and Drug Administration found that 12 percent of spices imported to the U.S. are contaminated was a little disheartening.

As the FDA reported, all kinds of nasty stuff hitch a ride with spices into the country — from insects to animal excrement to pathogens. The agency looked closely at pepper and sesame seeds, but says this is an issue with lots of other spices, too.

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10:40am

Fri November 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Are Low Early Enrollment Nos. A Repeat Of Mass. Experience?

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 11:48 am

News outlets are all over this story today:

Documents released by a congressional committee reveal just how few people successfully enrolled in health insurance plans on the troubled HealthCare.gov website in early days after its Oct. 1 launch. (That summary is courtesy of our colleagues on the NPR Newscast Desk.)

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10:14am

Fri November 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Man Behind Oregon's Famous Exploding Whale Dies

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 11:37 am

A report by KATU-TV on officials' decision to blow up an 8-ton dead whale on an Oregon beach in 1970 went on to become an early viral video. The highway engineer who led the operation died this week.
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10:13am

Fri November 1, 2013
Barbershop

Can We Compare Allen Iverson To Muhammad Ali?

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 2:13 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are writer Jimi Izrael with us from Cleveland. Joining us from Boston, healthcare consultant and contributor to National Review magazine, Dr. Neil Minkoff. Here in our Washington, D.C. studios, Dave Zirin. He is sports editor at The Nation. And Corey Dade is a contributing editor for The Root. Take it away Jimi.

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10:13am

Fri November 1, 2013
BackTalk

Appeals Court Blocks Stop-And-Frisk Changes In New York

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 2:12 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Back Talk. That's where we hear from you. Editor Ammad Omar is back with us once again. What's going on today, Ammad?

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