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The Torch
10:15 am
Sun August 12, 2012

'No One-Hit Wonder': For Gold, Team USA Beats Spain In Men's Basketball

LeBron James of the United States celebrates winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain with teammate Kobe Bryant.
Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:23 am

The United States now has back-to-back golds in men's basketball, after beating Spain 107-100 in the finals.

The team celebrated midcourt, and we saw something unexpected: Kobe Bryant, the superstar, one of the best basketball players in the world, wept during what he said was his last Olympic appearance.

"Team USA is not a one-hit wonder," the commentators on NBC said. "Like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, they come to London and put out more gold."

It wasn't easy. The AP reports:

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The Torch
10:01 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich Wins Men's Marathon

Athletes run along Westminster Bridge next to the Palace of Westminster as they compete in the Men's Marathon in London.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 10:18 am

Earning his country's first Olympic medal in track and field, the Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich won the Olympic marathon with a time of 2:08:11.

Reuters reports that Kiprotich took the lead with a little more than three miles to go and finished just ahead of his compatriot Wilson Kipsang, who won the 2012 London marathon.

Reuters adds:

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It's All Politics
8:41 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Baseball Caps And Rented Cars: How Romney's Team Kept VP Pick A Secret

Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan speak with media aboard a charter airplane from Sterling, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

That Rep. Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate wasn't a complete surprise. Still, it was a closely guarded secret and it took quite a bit of planning to keep it under wraps until the name was unveiled yesterday.

Last night, NPR's Ari Shapiro and other reporters received a briefing from team Romney detailing the lengths they went through to keep their vetting — and Romney's ultimate choice — secret.

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The Torch
8:32 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Michael Phelps Exits The Olympics, And Enters Retirement At 27

Phelps dives into the pool for his last Olympic race. He says that his plans for post-Olympic life include finally seeing the cities he's competed in.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 8:36 am

When Michael Phelps came to London for the 2012 Summer Games, he had 14 Olympic gold medals. He's leaving with 18 and a record 22 overall. And now he's retiring at 27, leaving the sport in which he always said he wanted to do things that had never been done before.

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It's All Politics
7:43 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Romney, Ryan Surrogates Trade Shots On Sunday Talk Shows

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 9:41 am

We're keeping our ear on the Sunday talk shows this morning. Obviously the topic of the day is Rep. Paul Ryan, whom the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen as his running mate.

Both parties have already traded hard shots, but it appears there is agreement that the addition of Ryan, who has led the GOP on matters of budget, focuses this presidential election. It is now focused on a broader narrative about the size and role of government.

We'll update this post with the highlights as the morning progresses:

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Economy
7:40 am
Sun August 12, 2012

"Dr. Doom" Takes A Look At The Economy

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And now another gloomy financial message. Nouriel Roubini is a New York University professor and former economic advisor to the Clinton administration. And he has the nickname Dr. Doom. Roubini is next in our series of conversations with topnotch economists. But unlike some of his colleagues, he does not claim to have a crystal ball; he makes warnings, not predictions. Nouriel Roubini joins us from New York.

Welcome. So why do they call you Dr. Doom?

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The Salt
6:33 am
Sun August 12, 2012

On The Road To Olympic Gold, Kenyan Marathoners Fuel Up On Carbs

Every day at 9 a.m. sharp in Iten, Kenya, 200 or so runners train on the dirt roads surrounding the town.
John Burnett NPR

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

For a couple of days last month, I ate the same foods as some of the fastest people on the planet — the Kenyans.

I stayed at the same hotel and ate in the same dining room as the Kenya Olympic Marathon team while working on a radio story about how this impoverished nation produces some of the best endurance runners in the world.

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Obama Ad Buys Ensure 'No Escape' For Tampa During GOP Convention

The Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention began installing banners on Wednesday.
Edmund D. Fountain AP

At the end of August, the eyes of the political world turn to Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention. It promises to dominate the national and local news in Tampa Bay that week and suck all the political air out of the room.

So if you're the Obama campaign, what do you do? How do you counterprogram Romney-palooza?

Apparently, by buying lots of TV airtime on The Bachelor, Dr. Oz and Rachael Ray.

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Politics
4:54 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Getting To Know Rep. Paul Ryan

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

In Norfolk, Va. on Saturday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced that his running mate is Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican congressman from Wisconsin. What does Ryan bring to the table, and will it be enough?

Politics
4:54 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Week In Politics: Paul Ryan Takes The Stage

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with NPR's Mara Liasson about the week in politics.

Politics
4:54 am
Sun August 12, 2012

What Was Ryan's April Fools' Joke On Romney?

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer reports on the relationship between likely Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney, and his running mate Paul Ryan. Earlier this year, congressman Ryan played an April Fools' joke on Romney.

Presidential Race
4:54 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Romney-Ryan Ticket Debuts On The Trail

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. The Romney campaign is calling it America's Comeback Team. Congressman Paul Ryan is officially Mitt Romney's choice for vice president. After a flashy rollout in Norfolk, Virginia, the two men campaigned together across the state. Today, they're holding rallies in North Carolina and Wisconsin. NPR's Ari Shapiro has the story of Ryan's first day on the ticket.

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Presidential Race
4:54 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Ryan Pick Was Shrouded In Secrecy

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Ari just mentioned a couple of the details the Romney campaign provided about their vice presidential selection process. There are many more twists to this real-life cloak and dagger story that have been kept under wraps for months. Ari joins us now to describe exactly how the Romney campaign maintained the secrecy of the vice presidential pick.

Ari, let's start with the day that Mitt Romney offered Paul Ryan the job. The campaign says this was August 5th. What happened?

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Sports
4:54 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Saying Goodbye To The 2012 Olympic Games

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And now, a final check-in, alas, from the Olympics.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOLD")

SPANDAU BALLET: (Singing) Gold. Always believe in your soul, you've got the power to know you're indispensible. Always believe in you are gold...

WERTHEIMER: Gold, and a handful of other precious metals are what the U.S. Olympic team has racked up. For more on the final tally, we're joined by NPR's Mike Pesca, who is in London. Mike, welcome.

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Europe
4:54 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Life Is Good For Norwegians, But Tourists Pay Price

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Norway is one of the richest country's per capita in the world, thanks to its vast oil and gas reserves. That oil money has created a high and comfortable standard of living for Norwegians, but the higher prices make it difficult for tourists hoping to visit Norway on a budget. Eleanor Beardsley visited the capital of Oslo and sends this report.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Presidential Race
3:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Ryan Adds Stark Choice On Health Care To GOP Ticket

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks Saturday in Norfolk, Va., after being named Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 10:46 am

One thing Republican Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate will certainly do is elevate issues like Medicare and Medicaid to the top of the election agenda.

As the nation gets closer to Election Day, Ryan's addition to the GOP ticket will present the public with a dramatic choice about the role the government should play in health care.

One thing the Wisconsin congressman never does is apologize for thinking big.

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Your Money
3:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Some Small Investors Still Wary Of Betting On Wall St.

Traders prepare for the start of early trading at the New York Stock Exchange. Some say there's been a loss of faith in the stock market's return on investment over the last 15 years.
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 3:55 pm

Ten years ago, Andres Cortez, a chauffeur in Los Angeles, might have been part of the hordes of people dabbling in day trading or haunting the online stock forums. He might have been bragging to his friends about the money he made in tech stocks, or learning how to margin trade at a night school.

Instead, he keeps his distance from stocks.

As he stands by his car and waits for a passenger downtown, Cortez says he has a little money he's put aside and is keeping it in a savings account, where it earns virtually nothing.

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Around the Nation
3:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Maine Lobstermen Give Farming Sea Scallops A Try

As lobster prices plunge, scallops offer fishermen an alternative to make money.
Levi Bridges for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 11:57 am

If you don't love scallops, you probably just haven't had one that's cooked properly. That is, pan fried with some garlic and butter and herbs. They are very tasty.

In Maine, scientists and fishermen are learning how to farm, instead of catching, these tasty sea critters. That could be good for business and the environment.

Out on the water off Stonington, Maine, Marsden Brewer is motoring his lobster boat through the crowded fishing harbor. Today, just about all the boats here are lobster boats. But 30 years ago, he says, it was a different story.

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Presidential Race
3:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Democratic Platform Includes Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. It wasn't all quiet on the Democratic front as the Republicans announced Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate. In Detroit, leaders of the Democratic Party met to approve a platform ahead of next month's convention and for the first time, the democrats approved a plank endorsing same-sex unions.

NPR's Sonari Glinton reports from Detroit.

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Politics
3:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Political Speeches And The Art Of The Jab

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with speechwriter Eli Attie about the art of crafting little jabs for politicians to pull, such as those used by the presidential campaigns this past week: "Obamaloney" and "Romneyhood."

Europe
3:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Economic Woes For 'Good Italy' And 'Bad Italy'

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It has become increasing clear that the economies of Europe and the United States are closely linked in ways that have not been especially comfortable lately. Anxiety over Greece has dominated the conversation, but there's also considerable anxiety over Spain and Italy. We're going to talk now with the author of a new book provocatively called, "Good Italy, Bad Italy," which explains why Italy is in such difficulties.

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World
1:12 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Migrants Targeted Amid Rise Of Greek Extremists

Abouzeid Mubarak, 28, arrived in Greece six months ago. But after being viciously assaulted, the father of three says he is thinking of returning home to Egypt.
Myrto Papadopoulos for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 4:27 pm

Ahmet Abuhamed runs a fish shop in Perama, a town near the port of Piraeus. He sells the day's catch, including sea bream, mackerel, sardines and octopus. A 40-year-old father of four, he moved to Greece 20 years ago from Rosetta, an Egyptian fishing village near Alexandria.

"All the fishermen [in Greece] are Egyptian," he says. "Go to any island in the country and listen to the conversations on the boats. You'll hear names like Alim and Mohammad."

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sun August 12, 2012

The Zombies: Reaching Across Decades

The Zombies' Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent in the studio. The band's latest album is titled Breathe Out, Breathe In.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

The Zombies' third studio album, Odessey and Oracle, spawned what may be the band's best-known song, "Time of the Season." But the record wasn't a big success when it first came out in 1968. In fact, The Zombies' original lineup disbanded before Odessey and Oracle even came out.

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Sunday Puzzle
10:54 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

In The End, There Will Be Chemistry

NPR Graphic

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

On-air challenge: You are given the ends of the names of three things that are all in the same category. You name the category. For example, "fur," "dine" and "sten" are all ends of chemical elements (sulfur, iodine, tungsten).

Last week's challenge, from listener Annie Haggenmiller of Chimacum, Wash.: Take the name of a well-known U.S. city in four syllables. The first and last syllables together name a musical instrument, and the two interior syllables name a religious official. What is the city?

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It's All Politics
3:42 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

From 'Very Excited' To Predicting 'Disaster': What Wis. Says About Paul Ryan

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. stands during a listening session in April 2011 in Kenosha, Wis. He is now presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate.
Jeffrey Phelps AP

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:23 pm

News that Paul Ryan was chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate had people in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., abuzz Saturday morning. But the strong feelings Ryan provokes elsewhere for and against his policies were also evident.

On her way into the Janesville post office, Corrine Smith has a smile on her face. She and her husband are both big Paul Ryan supporters, and they were thrilled when they heard the news.

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The Torch
3:25 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

'Mobot' Day: Track Relays, Volleyball And More Results

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates his relay team's world record by doing the "mobot" move, made famous by Mo Farah of Britain. Bolt crossed the finish line in front of Ryan Bailey of the United States.
Mike Hewitt Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 8:45 pm

On the last full day of competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the athletes are competing in 32 medal events. Many of these athletes are pretty darn fast — making it hard to keep tabs on them. So, here's a rundown of results from this afternoon's events, rolled up into one post:

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Kee Facts: A Few Things You Didn't Know
3:12 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Feathers And Rubber Bands: A Golf Ball Story

A "featherie" golf ball from the 1800s.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 1:09 pm

If you're Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy teeing off in the final rounds of the 2012 PGA Championship this weekend, you're probably not thinking about the fascinating history of the golf ball. But those of us who are just spectating can take a moment to contemplate this little gem of modern engineering. From wood to feathers to tree sap, rubber bands, cork or compressed air — today's little white spheroid has had an interesting evolution.

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Presidential Race
3:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan's Agenda: Now Romney's?

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 7:30 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

Let's go now to Vin Weber, former Minnesota congressman and a senior adviser to Mitt Romney. Vin Weber, thanks for joining us.

VIN WEBER: Great to be with you today.

RAZ: You have known Paul Ryan for a long time, since before he was a member of Congress. How did you know him?

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Presidential Race
3:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

What An Ayn Rand View Could Do To Romney's Campaign

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 7:31 pm

Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate, Paul Ryan, has long subscribed to the objectivist philosophies of novelist Ayn Rand. Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about how that approach to public policy will play with voters.

Politics
3:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

What's In A Keynote? Making A Splash At Conventions

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 7:30 pm

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

So now that we know who Mitt Romney's running mate is, what about the keynote speaker at the Republican Convention later this month? No word yet. Democrats have announced that San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will get that coveted spot that has, in the past, served as a platform for bigger things.

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