11:11am

Fri August 10, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Aug. 9, 2012

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 7:01 pm

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In what could be the last podcast before GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's V.P. announcement, NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin once again review the finalists. Plus: A look at the latest Obama and Romney ads, more battleground state polls, primary results in Missouri and elsewhere, and a look ahead to the next Tea Party target: U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin on Aug. 14.

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11:00am

Fri August 10, 2012
Election 2012

Voter ID Laws: Necessity Or Burden?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 4:11 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, if you thought the Tea Party a passing political fad with a catchy name, our next guest would urge you to reconsider. He's written a new book about the Tea Party and what he believes is the source of its influence in today's politics. We'll talk about that in just a few minutes.

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10:28am

Fri August 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Is The World's Largest Foundation Buying Fake Poop?

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:31 am

Graduate student Clement Cid sits atop the solar-powered toilet he helped to build at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. Underneath the platform, the toilet converts waste into fertilizer. The Caltech team will use fake feces to demonstrate the toilet's features next week at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offices.
Courtesy of Michael Hoffmann/Caltech

Last week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it's purchasing 50 pounds of fake poop.

A practical joke? No, not in the least.

Nor is this synthetic poop a plastic replica of the real thing; it's an organic version made from soybeans. The Gates Foundation will use it to test high-tech commodes at their Reinvent the Toilet Fair next week.

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10:16am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Torch

Boxing Maths and Aftermaths: Why Similar Scores Are A Mean System

Shiming Zou of China is declared the winner over Paddy Barnes of Ireland during their men's light flyweight boxing semifinal in London. The match was scored a 15-15 tie; Zou won on the number of punches landed.
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Four years ago, Irish boxer Paddy Barnes lost to China's Zou Shiming by a score of 15-0 in Beijing. Today in London, Barnes fought his way back into their match to tie Zou at 15-15 — but he still lost. Barnes accepted the decision, but the result might confuse anyone who isn't familiar with boxing's scoring system.

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9:45am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Bureau Moves To Make Mortgages Clearer, Foreclosures Fewer

A "bank owned" sign in front of a home in Miami last October.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Saying it wants "to protect homeowners from surprises and costly mistakes by their mortgage servicers," the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today proposed new rules it believes would make the home loan process simpler and give struggling homeowners more of a chance to avoid foreclosures.

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9:12am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Salt

Smoked Chocolate, For National S'More Day And More

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:57 am

Chocolate chips, fresh out of the smoker at Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery in Seattle.
Florangela Davila NPR

It's National S'more Day, so you've got a good reason to indulge in the gooey goodness.

But what if you're nowhere near a campfire? How can you replicate the taste of a chocolate-marshmallow-graham cracker s'more fired up and fashioned en plein air?

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9:03am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: Taekwondo Setback, And A Spice Girls Sighting

Great Britain's Stuart Bithell leaps off the boat while teammate Luke Patience sails on as they win silver in the men's sailing 470 two-person dinghy medal race in Weymouth, England.
William West AFP/Getty Images

Good morning. The final weekend of the Summer Olympics is about to begin. In the medal count, the U.S. has jumped out to a 90-80 lead over China, with 39 golds to China's 37. And Russia has overtaken Great Britain, with 57 to the host nation's 54 medals.

Here's today's news that caught our interest:

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8:53am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Drought Deepens In Hardest Hit Parts Of U.S.

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 10:36 am

Drought-stricken corn struggles to survive on a farm near Poseyville, Ind.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The areas of the lower 48 states where this summer's drought is judged to be "severe, extreme or exceptional" (in ascending order of seriousness) increased slightly again this week, according to the experts at the federal government's National Drought Mitigation Center.

It reports that:

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8:46am

Fri August 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Yes, There's Probably A Medical App For That

With thousands of medical apps available for download, patients and physicians can instantly keep visual records of wounds and look up symptoms.
Benjamin Morris NPR

How many calories have I consumed this week? How well did I sleep last night?

What about this thing on my leg — is it infected? What does an ECG for ventricular tachycardia look like again?

Yes, you guessed it. There is an app for that.

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7:54am

Fri August 10, 2012
From mtsunews.com

MTSU Commencement This Saturday

MTSU will award almost 1,000 degrees during the summer 2012 commencement ceremonies. The university will present a single ceremony at 10 a.m. to accommodate the 981 degree candidates. 

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. sharp on Aug. 11. The ceremony is expected to last about two hours.

Professor Kim Neal Nofsinger, outgoing president of the MTSU Faculty Senate, is the guest speaker for the ceremony. President Sidney A. McPhee and other university officials also will speak briefly to graduates during the event.

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