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11:20 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Preparing For A 'Horrible Event'; The U.S. And Turkey Plan For Syria's Collapse

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (top right) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pose for a photograph with Syrian refugees in Turkey on Saturday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu got straight to the point in their joint news conference Saturday. They announced the creation of a new working group that will monitor what's happening next door in Syria and prepare for crises.

One of those crises could include the possibility that the Syrian government decides to deploy chemical weapons against rebels or other perceived enemies.

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A Blog Supreme
10:44 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

Branford Marsalis spoke with NPR about modern jazz, his family, and his new album, Four MFs Playin' Tunes.
Courtesy of Marsalis Music.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:13 pm

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, oldest son of New Orleans pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, released an album with his quartet this week. He spoke to weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz about the failings of modern jazz, his hopes for the next generation and leaving New York City to move back to the South.

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Participation Nation
10:33 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Seeing The Best Of The U.S. By Bus

On the road with Bus 52.
Courtesy of Bus 52.

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 8:23 am

Right now, five of us — recent college graduates — are traveling across the country on a big blue converted school bus. Our mission is to showcase news of organizations and people who are doing inspiring things to help their communities in America.

The non-profit web series is called Bus 52. For one year, we are visiting the lower 48 states to show that good news is all around.

Our ultimate goal is to highlight 100 inspiring stories across America. Last week we released our 50th tale — about a non-profit pub in Portland, Oregon.

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Participation Nation
10:33 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Finding A 'Kind World' In Boston, Mass.

Rebecca Johnson from Paxton, Mass., tells a story on the Kind World blog of how, 38 years ago, a man purchased a book of poetry for her.
Courtesy of WBUR

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 10:59 am

Kind World, an online experiment at WBUR in Boston, celebrates the effect random acts of kindness can have on others.

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It's All Politics
10:22 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Romney's Not Alone In Stumbling Over 'Next President' Line

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney laughed off his momentary lapse Saturday, when he introduced his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, as "the next president of the United States." In 2008, President Obama had a similar slip.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:21 pm

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Election 2012
8:59 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Transcript: Romney Names Ryan As Running Mate

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announces Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate during a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images
  • Listen to Romney's Speech

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks announcing his selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, as released by the Romney campaign:

Ladies and gentlemen:

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It's All Politics
8:53 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Ryan Boosts Romney's Conservative Credentials, But Also Mobilizes Opponents

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shakes hands with Mitt Romney as he's introduced as Romney's vice presidential running mate Saturday in Norfolk, Va. The USS Wisconsin is in the background.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:09 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney discarded his increasingly inert better-safe-than-sorry campaign strategy Saturday when he named budget hawk and Democratic bete noire Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.

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The Torch
8:50 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Georgia Gould Wins Bronze Medal In Mountain Bike Cross-Country Race

France's gold medalist Julie Bresset (center), Germany's silver medalist Sabine Spitz (left) and U.S. bronze medalist Georgia Gould stand on the podium of the women's cycling cross-country mountain bike event in Benfleet, England.
Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:25 am

U.S. cyclist Georgia Gould has won bronze in the women's mountain bike cross-country race. The gold medal went to France's Julie Bresset, who led from the start. Sabine Spitz of Germany won silver, after a late spill caused her to lose contact with Bresset.

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Election 2012
8:02 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Transcript: Ryan Makes First Remarks As VP Choice

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks after being announced by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:54 am

  • Listen to Ryan's Speech

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's remarks after being announced as GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, as released by the Romney campaign:

Thank you Governor Romney, Ann. I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate.

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The Torch
7:25 am
Sat August 11, 2012

An Olympian Named Mo Farah Takes Britain By Storm

British runner Mo Farah is cheered as he appears on a giant screen at Olympic Stadium, accepting his gold medal for the 10,000 meters. Farah has become a celebrity in Britain since his win.
WPA Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:37 pm

NPR's Asma Khalid lived in London for two years, before moving to Washington, D.C. And when Khalid returned to England during this summer's Olympics, she found that things — perhaps even people — had changed. She explains:

I had never heard of Mo Farah.

But as soon as I stepped on British soil, I would have struggled to miss him — his face plastered on every paper, his name unashamedly idolized in an almost un-British like manner.

An unusual choice, perhaps, for a British national hero - a man born in Somalia.

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Interviews
7:03 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: Chris Rock, Dan Auerbach

Chris Rock stars as Julie Delpy's boyfriend in 2 Days in New York. Delpy directed the film, a follow-up to her 2007 romantic comedy 2 Days in Paris.
Walter Thomson Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:04 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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The Salt
6:58 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Summer Lobster Surplus Leads To Cross-Border Price War Between Trappers

Blockades set up by lobster trappers in Canada have disrupted Maine's lobster business.
Robert F Bukaty AP

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:38 am

You might imagine a war between lobster trappers to be something like this battle of the lobsters. OK, not really. Still, the price war heating up between the fishing folk in Maine and Canada this summer is bringing everybody down.

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Election 2012
6:37 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964

GOP presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, his running mate, George Bush, and their wives, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush, wave from the podium at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit on July 17. In picking Bush, Reagan created a ticket that unified the party.
AP

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 11:32 am

It will be a while before we know if presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan to join the Republican ticket will be a plus or minus for his campaign.

In my view, not since Jack Kennedy picked Lyndon Johnson has the choice of a running mate truly affected the outcome in November. LBJ did, after all, help bring Texas to the Democratic fold in 1960. But the record for subsequent No. 2s is a bit mixed. Here's my scorecard:

1964

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Election 2012
6:29 am
Sat August 11, 2012

5 Vice Presidential Picks Who Were Key To Victory

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:09 am

There have been a number of instances in recent history where the choice of a vice presidential running mate was an important stepping stone toward winning in the fall.

Of course, it's much too early to know how much of a difference GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will make. In the meantime, here is my subjective list of the top five instances in the past half-century or so where a selection of a running mate was crucial to victory:

1. 1960: John Kennedy-Lyndon Johnson (D)

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Election 2012
6:10 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is popular with conservatives and brings enthusiasm to the ticket. He won his House seat at 28, which means that now, at 42, he's a seasoned legislator.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 7:43 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has youth and experience. A conservative from a swing state, he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up.

He also brings a kind of enthusiasm Romney could use: He's a darling of the conservative base that Romney has had a harder time winning over.

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It's All Politics
5:28 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Romney Picks Wisconsin's Ryan To Be His Running Mate On GOP Ticket

The Republican ticket at this morning's announcement in Norfolk, Va.: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:11 pm

  • Listen to NPR's Live Coverage

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's choice for running mate on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket.

The official word, which began leaking overnight, came early this morning from the Romney campaign via a smartphone app and a news release.

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Afghanistan
4:25 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Three NATO Soldiers Killed By Afghans

An Afghan working on an installation shared by Afghan and foreign forces shot and killed three NATO soldiers on Friday — raising to six the number of international troops killed by their Afghan partners in 24 hours, officials said.

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Around the Nation
2:44 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The Water

Farmer Hans Hayden walks through his drought-stricken wheat field in Idaho. He says the wheat should be 3 feet tall by now.
Molly Messick for NPR

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

In the West, in Idaho's arid, high desert, the drought has a mixed effect. There's a big divide between farmers with deep wells and irrigation and those without.

Hans Hayden is a rare find: a talkative farmer. He likes to explain things. But when it comes to the wheat he planted this spring, there's not much to say. This field needed rain. It didn't get it.

"At this point in time, it kind of looks like a desert," he says.

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Around the Nation
2:44 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Joplin's New Trees Struggle To Survive Amid Drought

Volunteers water saplings planted in Cunningham Park in Joplin, Mo. The trees were planted to help reforest Joplin after a deadly tornado last year destroyed many of the city's trees.
Michele Skalicky KSMU

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

Saplings — no more than 6 feet tall — dot the landscape in Joplin, Mo. They replace the large shade trees that were ripped out of the ground by a massive tornado that swept through town in May of 2011.

Nearly 7,000 new trees, donated by various organizations, have been planted. They include sturdy, mostly native, varieties, such as oak, sycamore and redbud — trees that can withstand strong winds when they're taller.

With temperatures above normal for the past few months and precipitation below normal, those trees have had a hard time taking root.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:07 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing his week with Roy Blount Jr., Amy Dickinson, and Tom Bodett. And, here again is your host, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. Right now, it's time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:07 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Roy Blount Jr., Amy Dickinson, and Tom Bodett. And, here again is your host, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:07 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-Wait-Wait. That translates to 1-888-924-8924.

You can always click the contact us link on our website wait wait.npr.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. We'd love to see you. Or come visit us in Atlanta, George, when we do our show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on September 20th.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:07 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Amy Dickinson has the lead, Peter, she has three points. Roy Blount, Jr., has two. Tom Bodett, one.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:07 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will the Rover discover on Mars? Roy Blount Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR: Well it's kind of sad. We discover that Curiosity landed on the only cat on Mars.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Well, I've been looking for my car keys for a long time, so I'm hoping.

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett?

TOM BODETT: It'll find Waldo, the Beef, Carmen, San Diego and Obama's birth certificate.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:07 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you. So much for the reserved New Englander thing. It's great to be here in Portland, which is the hipster capital of Maine.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: It's terrible now. The grizzled old lobstermen have to wear t-shirts saying, "My beard is not ironic."

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:07 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Amy, scientists have discovered that just like Americans in the 50s, dinosaurs once experienced what?

AMY DICKINSON: Oh wow. Just like Americans in the 50s, dinosaurs once experienced. Making out in the rec room? No.

(LAUGHTER)

DICKINSON: That's not it.

SAGAL: What are you guys doing down there? Hunting for prey, mom. Nothing.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Actually, technically, for Americans it started right after World War II.

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The Torch
4:39 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

In World Record Time, Americans Take Gold In Women's 4X100 Relay

Carmelita Jeter of the United States receives the relay baton fom Bianca Knight of the United States on their way to winning gold in the Women's 4 x 100m Relay Final Friday.
Clive Brunskill Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 4:51 pm

Carmelita Jeter made sure everyone understood what Team USA had just accomplished. She pointed toward the digital clock with the baton as it flashed a time of 40.82 seconds.

Jeter, Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight had just gotten a gold medal in the 4 X 100m relay and they did so while shattering the world record by a little more than half a second.

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The Torch
3:57 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Seeing The World Through The Olympic Rings [Infographic]

Artist Gustavo Sousa of Mother London depicts the world's population using only the five colorful rings from the Olympic logo rings.
Gustavo Sousa Screenshot from Oceaniaeuropeamericaasiaafrica

One of the most thought-provoking infographics of the Olympics has nothing to with sports at all.

Artist Gustavo Sousa of the group Mother London uses only the five rings of the Olympic logo to strip down global statistics and expose disparities across th world's continents.

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The Torch
3:38 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Gaming The Games: The Rules That Got Bent In London

Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa celebrates his gold medal in the men's 100m breaststroke. He later admitted that he took extra dolphin kicks during his swim, a violation of the rules.
Adam Pretty Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 6:06 pm

The London Summer Olympics are winding down, and by most accounts, the games have been a success. There were plenty of "thrill of victory, agony of defeat" moments; big, enthusiastic crowds — although there were too many blocks of empty seats; and for those who like a helping of scandal served up at their Olympics, there was that, too.

It wasn't the usual scourge of doping. Instead, the London Olympics had incidents of bending the rules and ethics of sport.

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It's All Politics
3:30 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The Next Act For Newt Gingrich? It Could Be A TV Talk Show

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife Callista, speaks at a rally in Montgomery, Ala., on March 7.
David Bundy AP

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 3:55 pm

After serving as speaker of the House, publishing several historical novels and running for president, what's next for Newt Gingrich?

One possible third act, Gingrich told NPR staffers on Friday, could be sharing a television studio with his wife, Callista.

"We're kind of intrigued with the idea of doing a daily show, which would change our lives pretty dramatically," Gingrich said. "But if we do it, we want it to be closer to Regis and Kathie Lee than to Bill O'Reilly or Hardball."

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