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2:36pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Salt

How To Tip-Toe Into The Hot Sauce Craze

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

Tami Franklin tries a variety of hot sauces on her barbecue ribs at Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company in Arlington, Va.
John Rose NPR

If you listen to my story above, you'll know that hot sauce production is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

And you'll learn that research finds chili-heads — people who love the burn of spicy food — tend to have a penchant for sensation-seeking. Think rollercoasters and action flicks.

So you wanna jump in, but you're new to the hot sauce world?

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2:18pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Avengers': Superheroic Popcorn Fun At Its Best

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:43 am

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Walt Disney Pictures

That crashing sound you'll hear emanating from cineplexes this weekend will be the sound of comic-book superheroes smashing box-office records.

Actually, the smashing started last weekend, when Marvel's The Avengers opened in 39 territories around the world, scooping up a cool $178 million in three days. And with legions of fans having already bought advance tickets in the U.S., it's a pretty sure bet the box-office bonanza will continue as the film opens in more than 4,000 North American theaters.

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4:15pm

Wed May 2, 2012
All Tech Considered

Explosion In Free Online Classes May Change Course Of Higher Education

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:44 am

It's become much cheaper and easier to offer classes online.
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Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up in a $60 million venture to provide classes online for free. The move is the latest by top universities to expand their intellectual reach through the Internet — a trend that is changing higher education.

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3:13pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Asia

Future Unclear For Escaped Chinese Activist

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:26 pm

The U.S. and China have agreed to a deal to allow the blind Chinese dissident who sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to resume a normal life. The issue had threatened to overshadow the visit of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to China, probably her last in that role. Under a deal agreed to on Wednesday, the dissident has now left the embassy for a Beijing hospital to be reunited with his family.

3:11pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Law

DOJ Looking Into Mont. Sexual Assault Complaints

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 5:26 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Justice Department has launched an investigation into how sexual assault complaints are handled in Missoula, Montana.

As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, news of the inquiry has shocked the town.

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