12:13pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Planet Money

The U.S. GDP, Sliced And Diced In Two Graphics

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 6:31 pm

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

No surprise: The economy grew only sluggishly in April, May and June. The U.S. Commerce Department says gross domestic product — the sum of all goods and services produced in the country — grew by just 1.5 percent in the second quarter.

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12:12pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Interviews

'Fresh Air' Bids Farewell To Melody Kramer

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 12:47 pm

Producer Melody Kramer, who developed a strong social-media presence for Fresh Air over the last several years, departs this week.
Sam Briger WHYY

Today, reluctantly, we say goodbye to someone our listeners may have come to feel attached to, even though they've never heard her voice on our show.

Until about 3 years ago, we were so obsessed with getting Fresh Air on the air every day that we were virtually ignoring all the social media possibilities, and our website was pretty bare-boned. Then we hired Melody Kramer to be our associate producer for online media.

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12:06pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Movie Reviews

Two Films Shoot Past Realism To Weirder Territory

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 3:12 pm

A Dallas hard-luck case (Emile Hirsch, left) hires a corrupt cop (Matthew McConaughey) to kill his estranged mother when he hears about her rich insurance policy. Needless to say, the plot of Killer Joe doesn't quite work out as planned.
Skip Bolen LD Entertainment

Amid the slapstick comedies, sequels and superhero movies that have come to define summer moviegoing, two films opening today center on disturbed and disturbing romantic ties. Ruby Sparks and Killer Joe aren't fantasy or horror pictures, but they're within screaming distance — close enough to remind you how much deeper artists go when they barrel past realism into weirder areas of the psyche.

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11:44am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Salt

McDonald's Food Has A Healthy Glow, At Least In China

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:34 am

Tomatoes getting a splash of water reinforces the notion that McDonald's food is wholesome in China, as seen in this video screengrab.
McDonald's China

Here in the U.S., McDonald's food is not usually considered all that healthy. But in China, it is.

That's because Chinese consumers trust American brands more than their own, says Shaun Rein, founder of China Market Research, who studies Chinese consumer behavior. Rein says that in China, McDonald's is seen as providing safe and wholesome food.

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11:39am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Hubig Pies, Landmark New Orleans Bakery, Has Burned Down

Fresh Hubig pies read for delivery in 2007.
Alex Brandon AP

A bakery that's been producing hand-size, fried fruit pies for hungry folks in and around New Olreans since 1922 is "a total loss" after a blaze today, city fire officials tell The Times-Picayune.

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11:37am

Fri July 27, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, July 26, 2012

Charles Dharapak AP
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Mitt Romney figures, why just create gaffes in the United States when I can do the same in Europe? But before he leaves he socks it to the president at the VFW. Also, a look ahead to Tuesday's Republican Senate runoff in Texas. And Alaska Republican Don Young and Hawaii Democrat Mazie Hirono make nice in a most unusual commercial.

Join NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving in the latest installment of the It's All Politics podcast.

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11:11am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

'It's What We Have': Spain's Athletes Sigh, And Put On Olympic Uniforms

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 1:56 pm

Taking One For The Team: Field hockey player Alex Fabregas modeled Spain's Olympic outfit in this photo he posted on Twitter. Athletes have been publicly stoic about the colorful clothing, which was provided for free.
Alex Fabregas/Twitter

Spanish Olympians are learning a painful lesson as they suit up for Friday's opening ceremony in London: You get what you pay for.

With Spain on the brink of bankruptcy, its Olympic committee decided to save money this year. It got its Olympic uniforms for free, from the Russian designer Bosco, which also provided kits for the Russian and Ukrainian teams.

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10:58am

Fri July 27, 2012
Sake To Me

Bison Potstickers & More At 212's First Sake Tasting

212 Market Restaurant is hosting their first-ever sake tasting on Friday, July 27th.  They'll serve sake along with Asian-inspired recipes featuring local foods like blueberry barbecued Georgia quail, smoked Pickett’s Trout Ranch trout and Eagles Rest Ranch bison potstickers.

10:31am

Fri July 27, 2012
Author Interviews

In '1493,' Uncovering The World Columbus Discovered

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 12:47 pm

Charles C. Mann is a journalist and contributing editor for Atlantic Monthly and Science.
J.D. Sloan

This interview was originally broadcast on August 8, 2011. 1493 is now available in paperback.

"In fourteen-hundred-and-ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue," goes the old elementary school rhyme.

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10:15am

Fri July 27, 2012
The Torch

Place All Metal Objects In The Tray, Please... Oh, Hi Kobe!

As Team USA basketball player Kobe Bryant passed through a security checkpoint Friday, British soldiers were moved to relax a ban on photography in the area.
Vickie Walton-James NPR

We ran into USA Men's basketball at the security sweep today. Yes, even big-time basketball players and coaches must suffer the indignity of the magnetometer. We were all making our way through security into the Main Press Center, where the team was about to meet journalists.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, coach Mike Krzyzewski and much of the rest of the team seemed to have little trouble getting screened. Assistant coach Nate McMillan may have forgotten to empty his pockets, because he got the pat-down.

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