Lard was once the most common fat for baking, but came to be seen as dirty and unhealthful. Now, food scientists have shown that home-rendered lard isn't as bad for your health as, say, margarine. And it tastes wonderful! Our guest, discussing the benefits of lard, is food writer Regina Schrambling. Also on the show is chef Zarela Martinez, a self-proclaimed lard crusader. She has been preaching the gospel of lard for over fifteen years and is glad that people are finally listening.
For pie crust and chocolate cupcake recipes, click here. Those recipes come from Southern cooks (and lard fans) Matt and Ted Lee.
Watch Zarela Martinez demonstrate how easy it is to render lard at home:
American Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been detained in North Korea since March, after they were accused of illegally crossing the border from China. Their trial was supposed to begin yesterday. If convicted, they could face 10 years of hard labor. The women’s families remained silent for the first two months of their captivity, but this week family members were on the Today Show, Larry King Live, and other programs, appealing for the journalists' release.
Steve Romano, a Former Chief Negotiator for the FBI and now a Senior Advisor with the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, joins The Takeaway to talk about how experts advise families what to say to the press when a loved one is held captive.Here is some footage of vigils being held for the captive journalists.
After Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, flown by Colgan Air, crashed in Buffalo, New York, earlier this year, a federal safety inspector at Colgan Air said he had reported to his supervisors that planes were flying at incorrect speeds, with a broken radio, and failing multiple attempts at landing properly. That safety inspector is Chris Monteleon, who says his complaints were ignored; he was relegated to a desk job.
Monteleon joins The Takeaway to talk about his experience with Colgan Air. Barbara Peterson, a Senior Aviation Correspondent for Conde Nast Traveller, also joins the show to talk about airline safety.
When schools have single digit performance levels on the state tests, very low reading levels, high levels of disorder, and low attendance, they absolutely need quick change. Without it, students drop out and never realize their dreams. I would ask critics to consider if they would want their own children attending these schools and, if they did, would they want slow change for their children? While relationships are disrupted, they can be re-built with deliberate and honest dialogue. We can create new stability and relationships quickly, but we can never make up for lost time in learning how to read and do math!
– Don Fraynd, Turnaround Officer for Chicago Public Schools
One of the five pillars of Islam, “zakat,” is the giving of a small percentage of one’s income to a Muslim charity. President Obama, in his Cairo speech, said that he is "committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat." The practice of zakat came under scrutiny under the Bush administration, when seven charities were closed down and jailed leaders accused of helping fund terrorist organizations abroad. Many Muslims fear that if they give to a religious group, they may be accused of funneling money to terrorists. What steps are needed to make it easier for Muslims to practice this important part of their religion?
The morning started out so nicely.
Judge Sonya Sotomayor visited Wednesday morning with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). With television cameras rolling and microphones open, Whitehouse let President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court know that he, too, loves baseball. (She's credited with ending the sport's strike in 1995.)
Then it was on to visit with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). She informed Sotomayor, that, she, too, loved Nancy Drew novels.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican Judiciary Committee member from South Carolina, sat next to the judge on his office sofa. “We’re talking about the cost of living in New York. I told her she needs to move to South Carolina,” Graham announced to the assembled press.
Then, the niceness died. ... (continue reading)
Although there is no calculator that can compute our national attention deficit, it is clear there are too many stimuli competing for our precious brain time. In a world where the temptations to twitter and text are 24/7, is there hope for our multi-tasked minds? Writer Winifred Gallagher says yes. In her new book, Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, Gallagher reviews the latest developments in the psychology and neuroscience of attention. She joins us in our studio to discuss the benefits of training yourself to focus.