Wed June 20, 2012
The Salt

Survey Says Apple Pie Rules, But There's Lots Of Room For Variety

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 9:52 am

Pies, before and after the NPR pie contest on Tuesday.
Benjamin Morris NPR

We are a nation that puts apple pie above all other pies, and yesterday's survey confirms our audience falls right in line when it comes to the forbidden fruit. But that's not the whole scoop on popular pies.

As we reported yesterday, top American pies bought in the store are apple, pumpkin, cherry, blueberry, and Dutch apple.

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Wed June 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When 'Madagascar' Meets Children's Claritin

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:23 pm

One of the Madagascar 3-themed activities for kids touted on Merck's Claritin Facebook page.

Merck is catching flak for marketing Children's Claritin with cute cartoon characters from the latest installment in the Madagascar movie series.

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Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

House Committee Cites Attorney General Holder For Contempt

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 4:46 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder during congressional testimony in 2011.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Acting along partisan lines, with a vote of 23 to 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted this afternoon to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Republicans, who control the committee, say Holder's Justice Department has not turned over all the documents that the committee needs to see as it probes the so-called Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.

And they want to know more about why the Justice Department initially told a senator that it had not pursued such an operation.

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Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Death Toll In Nigeria Reaches 98 After Church Attacks, Reprisals

Reprisals after three church bombings on Sunday have continued in Nigeria, and The Associated Press reports the death toll has reached 98.

The AP adds:

"A rescue services official said more than 98 people have died since Sunday after a trio of church bombings sparked reprisals in Kaduna state. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

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Wed June 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Executive Privilege: A Long (And Sometimes Sordid) History

First, a bit of word association: I say executive privilege. You say (probably) either Watergate or Nixon.

And therein lies the problem for President Obama, who decided Wednesday to use the privilege to prevent Congress from obtaining internal Justice Department documents. Deservedly or not, for any president since Nixon, invoking executive privilege seems to carry a whiff of scandal about it.

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Sun June 17, 2012

Happy Fathers Day!

WVAS-FM wishes all the biological, adoptive and chosen ones a very Happy Fathers Day. Join Milton Shirdan on Bill Boynton's SwingTown from 12 until 3PM on June 17th for a salute to fathers and a farewell to spring.


Fri June 8, 2012

Sean Jones, Jeff 'Tain' Watts On JazzSet

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:32 am

Sean Jones performs at the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Jeff Forman

Ohio-born trumpeter Sean Jones played lead for approximately five years with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was a member of Sean's section. When was asked what he learned from Marsalis, Jones answered in two words: "work ethic."

Now 35-year-old Sean Jones is touring with the Marcus Miller group, an Associate Professor at Duquesne University and Oberlin Conservatory, Interim Artistic Director for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and leading his group in Detroit with music from his album No Need for Words.

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Wed June 6, 2012

June is National Black Music Month

Music is the universal language which spans all cultural, regional and racial boundaries. Tune in to WVAS-FM throughout the month of June as we celebrate America's Classical Music - Jazz.


Thu May 24, 2012

Alexis Cuadrado's 'A Lorca Soundscape' On JazzSet

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:07 pm

Alexis Cuadrado sets surrealist Spanish poems to music in a concert at 92Y Tribeca.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

It began with the crisis on Wall Street in 2008. Alexis Cuadrado, from Barcelona and now Brooklyn, remembered the poetry of the surrealist Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), whom all Spanish students study in school.

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Tue May 15, 2012

Betty Carter Salute

Betty Carter was born Lillie Mae Jackson on May 16, 1929 in Flint, Michigan. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Wednesday evening for a musical salute to Betty Carter on her birthday. Listen during the 9:00 hour exclusively on WVAS-FM.