The Salt
9:55 am
Wed January 23, 2013

How The Sweet Potato Crossed The Pacific Before Columbus

A well-traveled root: A vendor sells sweet potatoes at a market near Manila in 2011. The Portuguese brought the root to the Philippines all the way from the Caribbean.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 9:15 am

When it comes to spreading food around the world, Christopher Columbus and his European compatriots get most of the credit.

Yes, they introduced some quintessential ingredients into European and Asian cuisine. Who could imagine Italian food without the tomato? Or Indian and Chinese dishes without the spicy kick of chili peppers?

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Middle East
9:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Did Syrian President 'Rejoice' In Obama's Speech?

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 10:55 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, President Obama's vision for reducing gun violence includes improving access to mental health care. So we decided to ask two mental health professions who've thought a lot about violence, especially gun violence, for their perspectives on what kinds of changes they think would be helpful.

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Mental Health
9:29 am
Wed January 23, 2013

How Would Better Mental Health Care Reduce Gun Violence?

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 10:55 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Supreme Court case that established abortion rights in this country is now 40 years old, but the political and cultural fights about abortion are going on still. We'll talk about this with our panel of women commentators. That's our Beauty Shop roundtable and that's in just a few minutes.

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Beyonce May Have Been Live And Pre-recorded

Pat Benic DPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 9:47 am

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Local News
9:23 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Walgreens Assures On Birth Pill Policy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico advocacy groups say Walgreens won't allow individual pharmacists' personal religious beliefs to prevent customers from filling birth control prescriptions.


The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico announced Tuesday that Walgreens told the ACLU and the Southwest Women's Law Center that the company will take steps nationwide to make sure customers received prescriptions regardless of employees' beliefs.

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Local News
9:20 am
Wed January 23, 2013

NM Suspends Some Medicaid Payments To Hospitals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is withholding some Medicaid payments to hospitals while the state tries to resolve a funding dispute with the federal government.


State Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott says the quarterly payments suspended in December affect several categories of funding that add up to $250 million annually.


Those funding categories include hospitals that are the sole providers in their community and hospitals that treat more uninsured patients.

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Entertainment
9:17 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Gabriel Gordon of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program

Wed. 1/23 10a:  The young musicians of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program present a variety of musical events in the coming weeks, including their annual "Playathon" on January 26 at the Cottonwood Mall and a Youth Symphony Orchestra concert on February 3 at Popejoy Hall.  Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the events from the Music Director of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program, conductor Gabriel Gordon.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Wed January 23, 2013

U.K.'s Cameron Floats Idea Of Vote ON E.U. Membership, Other Leaders Protest

British Prime Minister David Cameron earlier today in London as he spoke about a vote on E.U. membership.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

"Britain's prime minister said Wednesday he will offer citizens a vote on whether to leave the European Union if his party wins the next election, prompting warnings from fellow member states about the soundness of such a move," The Associated Press writes.

The wire service adds that:

"Cameron proposed Wednesday that his Conservative Party renegotiate the U.K.'s relationship with the European Union if it wins the next general election, expected in 2015.

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Local News
7:01 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Governor Announces $2 Million Teacher Initiative Plan

Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a $2 million initiative to hire math and sciences teachers in low income and rural schools in New Mexico.

Martinez outlined her plan at a news conference Tuesday in Albuquerque.

She says the effort will include multiple components to increase the hiring of math and science teachers in hard-to-staff areas throughout the state.

That will include a loan forgiveness program and pay incentives for teachers who move to certain schools.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Op Ed: Power, Position And Pork...And Maybe Some Solutions, Too

New Mexico Senate chamber at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe

Opening day in the NM Senate is always filled with high drama. This year was no exception.  The tension centers on who will be elected President Pro Tem, a position elected by both Republicans and Democrats to lead, to appoint committees and their important chairs.

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