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3:22 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Parks Vie For Space In Miami's Forest Of Condos

The skyline of the northern Brickell neighborhood in downtown Miami. Its residential population has more than doubled in the past decade.
Marc Averette Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 6:52 pm

Many cities around the nation are trying to revive their downtowns, adding more apartments and condominiums — usually high-rises — to lure new residents.

But as urban dwellers grow in numbers, they need places to get outside. Yet, in many cities, like Miami, neighborhood parks can be hard to find. The Trust for Public Land ranks Miami 94 on a list of 100 cities when it comes to park acreage per 1,000 residents — just 2.8 acres per 1,000 residents, versus 4.5 in New York and 6.2 in Los Angeles.

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Music Interviews
3:15 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Dan Deacon On Computers, College And 'Electronic Music'

Dan Deacon's latest project combines his signature electronic sound with live musicians and instruments.
Shawn Brackbrill Courtesy of Domino Records

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 6:52 pm

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Shots - Health Blog
3:13 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Why Does Pregnancy Last 9 Months?

How much longer could Junior really stay in there?
Olivier Lantzendorffer iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 7:42 am

Babies are lovely but altogether helpless creatures.

Wouldn't it be better if tiny humans were born able to walk, like horses, or generally were readier for the rigors of the world, like, say, chimps?

Among primates, human have the least developed brains at birth, at least when compared to adult human brains. If humans were born as far along on cognitive and neurological scales as rough and ready chimps are, though, human pregnancy would have to last at least twice as long. Eighteen months in the womb, anyone?

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Sports
3:12 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Debate Pits Strasburg's Health Against Wins

Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park last week.
Patrick McDermott Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 6:52 pm

One of the biggest debates in Washington, D.C., these days has nothing to do with taxes, health care or the economy. It's about baseball and whether the Washington Nationals should end the season of their young pitching star, Stephen Strasburg, just as the team may be headed for the playoffs.

Two years ago, Strasburg's promising career was threatened when he tore a ligament in his pitching arm. He needed surgery and couldn't pitch for a year.

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Malcolm Browne, Journalist Who Took The 'Burning Monk' Photo, Dies

Journalist Malcome Browne took this iconic photo of the self-immolation of Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc in Saigon in 1963. The monk committed suicide to protest what he called government persecution of Buddhists. Browne, who worked for the AP and later The New York Times, died Monday at age 81.
Malcom Browne AP

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:36 pm

Malcolm Browne was a first-rate reporter who spent decades at The New York Times, covered wars around the world and won the Pulitzer Prize for his writing about the early days of the Vietnam war.

And yet he will forever be remembered for one famous picture, the 1963 photo of a Buddhist monk who calmly set himself on fire on the streets of Saigon to protest against the South Vietnamese government, which was being supported by the U.S.

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Race
2:40 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Paul Ryan Had A Black Girlfriend — Does It Matter?

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 6:52 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now, a non-story that's kicked off a very real conversation about race in America. In 2005, Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, told a Milwaukee magazine that he has a black sister-in-law. He also said that in his bachelor past he had a black girlfriend. A CNN blogger gave the interview new life a few days ago. But what, if anything, does this glimpse into Ryan's past tell us about how inclusive his politics would be as vice president?

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates went in search of some answers.

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It's All Politics
2:28 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Delegate Views Don't Always Reflect Party As A Whole

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 3:57 pm

Ever wondered whether convention delegates hold political views that are more extreme than most members of their own parties? You could ask them.

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Energy
2:27 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

U.S. Cars Must Get 55 MPG By 2025 Under New Rules

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 6:52 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Today, the Obama administration put new fuel standards in place. They're designed to nearly double how far average cars and light trucks will have to go on a gallon of gasoline.

As NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports, the new standards have the backing of environmental groups and carmakers. And they've become a popular talking point in the presidential race.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Colombian President Says 'Exploratory Talks' Held With FARC Rebels

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivering a speech to the nation at Narino Palace in Bogota.
Cesar Carrion AFP/Getty Images

The president of Colombia admitted today that his government and the country's biggest rebel group have engaged in "exploratory talks." The public admission could set the stage for peace talks to end one of the world's longest armed conflicts.

From Bogota, NPR's Juan Forero filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"President Juan Manuel Santos, in a brief televised address, said talks had taken place with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

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Participation Nation
1:34 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Home Away From Home In Bismarck, N.D.

Tracy's Sanctuary House
Courtesy of TSH

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:00 pm

In August 2004, Tracy Rittel was in a fatal car accident near Fargo. While Tracy battled for her life, her family had trouble finding a place to stay near the hospital.

From that experience, the Rittels created Tracy's Sanctuary House in Bismarck for families who find themselves in a similar situation. Since 2005, some 1,500 families have used the home.

A dozen volunteers "put their hearts and souls into making sure the house is kept up," says Tracy's daughter Kelsey Zottnick.

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It's All Politics
12:09 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

As It Happened: GOP Kicks Off Its Convention; Makes Its Case To The Nation

Texas delegates cheer as Romney is formally nominated as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:23 pm

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With a program designed both to tell the American people more about Mitt Romney and to make the case that Republicans' ideas for solving the nation's problems are better than Democrats', the 2012 GOP National Convention got going today and Romney officially became the party's presidential nominee.

Delegates also officially made Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin the party's vice presidential nominee.

We live blogged through the afternoon and evening. Scroll down and read "up" if you want to see how the story developed.

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World Cafe
12:05 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Diamond Rugs On World Cafe

Diamond Rugs.
Amie Ledford

Muddying the waters separating indie rock, country and Southern blues, Diamond Rugs formed in Nashville as an all-star music collective assembled by John McCauley of Deer Tick.

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The Picture Show
11:51 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Drinking, Dancing, Dolly Parton: Photos Of The '70s Country Music Scene

Last Call, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tenn., 1974
Henry Horenstein

It may come as a surprise that the photographer who shot these country stars — and their fans — is from Massachusetts. But, Henry Horenstein explains, country music "was a rural music, not necessarily a Southern music."

As a young photographer, Horenstein spent a good part of the 1970s and early '80s at bluegrass festivals, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, New England honky-tonks and elsewhere, documenting what he believed was an "era that was going to go away."

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The Two-Way
11:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

How Much Rain Will Hurricane Isaac Dump? Have A Look At This Map

Rainfall prediction from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOAA

The story of Hurricane Isaac will more than likely be one of flooding. The National Hurricane Center says that some places along the Mississippi and Louisiana coast could see up to 18 inches of rain.

Over five days, the tropical system will spread rain far and wide.

How widespread, you ask? Look at this map put together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It shows their prediction of how much rain will fall in the next five days:

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The Salt
11:17 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Before Her Big GOP Convention Speech, Ann Romney Lets Them Eat Cake

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, shares her homemade Welsh cakes with reporters on the flight to Tampa on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:37 am

It's a big night for Ann Romney.

She's addressing the Republican National Convention in Tampa at 10 p.m. Eastern, in a speech many pundits see as her big chance to combat her husband's "likability gap" and convince voters that Mitt the man is more than just a "rich guy."

So how does she handle the stress? Apparently, she bakes.

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Participation Nation
11:04 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Saying Thanks In Hattiesburg, Miss.

Capt. Michael Davidson of the Hattiesburg Fire Dept. and Jaycee Marquise Slator.
Picasa Courtesy of Hattiesburg Jaycees

Every year since 1994, volunteers from the Hattiesburg Jaycees have been holding a blood drive to replenish the area's blood supply. This Friday, the group will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for anyone willing to kick off Labor Day Weekend by donating at the Labor of Love Blood Drive.

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It's All Politics
10:56 am
Tue August 28, 2012

GOP Strategy For Tuesday: Bring The Love And Then The Fight

Ann Romney is expected to play more of a traditional "first lady" role in tonight's address, while N.J. Gov. Chris Christie will likely throw some punches at the Obama administration.
Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 1:31 pm

It's not exactly good cop/bad cop, but the main speakers Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention will play diametrically opposed roles.

Ann Romney — the wife of Mitt Romney, who becomes the official GOP nominee with Tuesday's delegate roll call — will try to present her husband in the most flattering, personal light. By contrast, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the convention's keynote speaker, will have the job of attacking President Obama's record.

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Election 2012
10:45 am
Tue August 28, 2012

The Republican Convention Speakers: A Guide

Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 2:01 pm

Republicans are now trying to pack the best of their vote-for-Mitt-Romney message into three nights in Tampa in a weather-abbreviated convention. Here are some of the highlighted speakers.

The Two-Way
10:21 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Reports: Obama Administration Will Unveil New Fuel-Efficiency Standards

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 12:02 pm

The Obama administration announced new fuel efficiency standards that require cars in the United States to average 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025.

As the Detroit Free-Press reports, President Obama got this process rolling in 2010, when he asked the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to come up with standards that would lead to new and cleaner cars on the roads.

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Election 2012
10:17 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Foreclosures Leave Holes In Voter Outreach

A home has a foreclosure auction sign displayed in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in September 2010.
Amy Sancetta AP

The nation's foreclosure crisis rarely is mentioned by the presidential candidates, but it looms large as their campaigns grapple with finding evicted voters in swing states.

Organizers are discovering scores of vacated homes in key battlegrounds that contributed strong turnouts in the 2008 election. In the past four years, more than 3.7 million homes have been lost to foreclosure, according to market research firm CoreLogic.

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Election 2012
10:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

LGBT Republicans Say Their Party Is Changing

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, a storm threatens many of the same areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. We'll check in with the director of Homeland Security for New Orleans to find out how the city and its neighbors are getting ready. That's just ahead.

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Around the Nation
10:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Orleans Braces For Isaac

Isaac is headed toward the Gulf Coast, and Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency. The storm is threatening to hit New Orleans as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed of Homeland Security in New Orleans, about how they're preparing the city for the storm.

It's All Politics
9:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Gov. Haley: Democrats's Attitude On Minorities Is Offensive

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) after her sit-down with USA Today and Gannett editors in Tampa this morning.
Mark Memmott NPR

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 12:35 pm

Saying that "it's offensive to me as a woman and as a minority" that Democrats portray the GOP as "the party that hates you" when they reach out to non-whites, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made the case this morning that it's the Republican Party that minorities should be looking to join.

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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Another Republican Senate Hopeful Walks Into Rape Controversy

Republican Tom Smith is challenging incumbent Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey for his seat.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 3:29 pm

With the Todd Akin controversy barely in the rear-view mirror, another Republican senatorial candidate is causing some waves of his own.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:10 am
Tue August 28, 2012

An Unloved Subject During Doctor Visits: Men's Sexual Health

We need to talk.
George Peters iStockphoto.com

If men could become pregnant, they'd probably visit the doctor more often.

But without a compelling inducement like contraception to get them in the door, they often miss out on sexual and reproductive health services that could protect not only them but also their partners.

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It's All Politics
7:51 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Romney Campaign Official: We Could Win Without Florida

There are lots of ways to get to 270 and they don't all involve Florida's 29 electoral votes, according to Rich Beeson, the national political director for the Mitt Romney Campaign.

Beeson, speaking with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Tuesday, says the Sunshine State would be nice to have in the red column, but it's not a sine qua non for clinching victory in November.

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Strange News
7:26 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Hunt For Lion Outside London Called Off

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Two-Way
6:41 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Israeli Court Rules American Activist's Death Was An Accident

Rachel Corrie, 23, stands in front of a Palestinian's home to prevent it from being demolished
AP

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 9:28 am

An Israeli court sided with the government today, ruling that Israel was not at fault for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie.

Corrie's parents were suing for accountability and $1 in damages for the death of their 23-year-old daughter. Corrie was killed in 2003, when she stood in front of a bulldozer to try to keep the Israeli soldier manning it from razing Palestinian homes.

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It's All Politics
6:36 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:09 am

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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The Two-Way
5:59 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac, On The Verge Of Hurricane Strength, Forecast For Landfall Tonight

People sit on a bench along the seawall in the storm surge from Isaac, on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm approaches landfall, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:13 pm

The Latest At 11:06 P.M. ET Little Change In Strength

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Isaac will continue moving near or over the southeastern coast of Louisiana on Tuesday night, and move inland during the next day or so.

"Little change in strength is forecast tonight," it said at 10 p.m. CDT. "Slow weakening is expected after that."

As we reported earlier, widespread flooding was expected. Isaac was moving toward Baton Rouge, La.

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