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The Salt
2:38 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

How To Grow The Tastiest Tomato? One Secret's In The Soil

A tomato expert recommends planting seedlings in rich soil with lots of organic matter and a steady slow-release fertilizer.
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Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 3:57 pm

It's tomato time here in the mid-Atlantic – the critical moment when those of us eager to pull fat, bright fruit off our own backyard vines in a couple months are scurrying to get tender little plants in the ground.

But as anyone who's spent a few summers of kneeling in the dirt can tell you, healthy-looking vines will not necessarily get you a mind-blowingly delicious tomato. And why?

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The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

'Help' Hizzoner: Tell Bloomberg What To Ban Next

What's he got his eye on now? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 5:59 pm

So, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) wants to ban nearly all sales of big, sugary drinks.

Goodbye Big Gulp.

This comes after his earlier campaigns to stamp out smoking and trans fats.

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The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

First-Edition Book Of Mormon Goes Missing From Ariz. Store

An 1830 first-edition Book of Mormon owned by retired bookstore owner Helen Schlie.
Matt York AP

The first-edition Book of Mormon brought faithful from around the country to a book store in Mesa, Ariz.

As the AP describes it, the book is one of 5,000 printed "after Joseph Smith found the gold plates that he translated into the Book of Mormon, which members of the faith consider to be scripture alongside the Bible."

So when people came to take pictures with the book Helen Schlie, a converted Mormon, would always oblige, telling people when they touched the book they shared "their DNA with Joseph Smith himself."

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

For New Jersey Shoppers, No More Sales Tax Holiday On Amazon

An Amazon worker grabs boxes off a conveyor belt in Nevada, one of a handful of states in which the online retailer collects sales tax.
Scott Sady AP

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 3:51 pm

It might seem counterintuitive that Amazon is doing a deal with New Jersey to build two distribution centers in exchange for collecting sales tax on purchases made in the Garden State starting July 1, 2013.

After all, the free lunch enjoyed by many consumers as they shop tax-free online is one of the huge draws, right?

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:31 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Song Premiere: Patti Smith 'Fuji-san'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 2:46 pm

When an old musical "friend" puts out a record, I secretly pray for greatness, as if rooting for a favorite team. These later records often pale in comparison to their early predecessors, but still I listen and try to find something I love.

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
2:23 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 31, 2012

Colin Powell's collection of lessons and personal anecdotes, It Worked For Me, debuts at No. 6.

Deceptive Cadence
2:19 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: June 1, 2012

Turkish-born pianist Fazil Say, who has been indicted for "insulting religious values."
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 6:31 pm

  • Today, a Turkish court approved the indictment of pianist and composer Fazil Say for inciting hatred and public enmity and insulting "religious values" in a series of Twitter posts. One of his lawyers says that he has also received death threats. The trial has been scheduled for October 18.
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Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
2:03 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 31, 2012

Train Dreams, in which a man struggles for survival after losing his family, debuts at No. 11.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
2:03 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 31, 2012

Canada, about a teen's quest to find peace in the Saskatchewan prairie, debuts at No. 3.

NPR Bestseller List
2:03 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 31, 2012

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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