4:52am

Sat July 28, 2012
Sports

A British Critique Of The Olympic Opening

The 2012 Olympic Games opened Friday, with a ceremony that included James Bond and Queen Elizabeth parachuting into the stadium, flyovers, rippling Union Jacks, Shakespeare, sheep and fireworks. Host Scott Simon talks to Simon Hoggart, political sketch writer for The Guardian about the opening ceremony.

4:52am

Sat July 28, 2012
Sports

Test Your Olympic Trivia Knowledge

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Our marathon man of trivia is A.J. Jacobs, who once read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica to learn more and get a book contract. Why didn't he just write 50 Shades of Knowledge? A.J. joins us now to talk about Olympic facts, some of which may actually be true.

A.J., thanks for being with us.

A.J. JACOBS: And thank you for having me.

SIMON: Let's start with the marathon, A.J. Apparently, one of your favorite athletes in history was Spiridon Louis, who was the winner of the first modern marathon back in 1896.

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4:52am

Sat July 28, 2012
Middle East

On Syria's Front Lines: A Week With The Rebels

Throughout this week, NPR's Kelly McEvers has been bringing us stories from parts of Syria controlled by the rebels who are fighting to oust the regime of Bashar Assad. She talks with host Scott Simon about her reporting.

4:52am

Sat July 28, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney's Olympic Slip-Up: A Lasting Impression?

Mitt Romney is set to depart from London Saturday, after three days of photo ops and closed meetings. But his assessment of London's handling of the games drew a rebuke from Prime Minister David Cameron. Host Scott Simon chats with Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman about the visit and the perceptions formed by Romney's hosts.

4:41am

Sat July 28, 2012
Music News

The Not-So-Distant History Of Radio Jingles

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:35 am

WABC's Dan Ingram in 1981.
Courtesy of Allan Sniffen

Many people of a certain generation might remember a jingle or two from one of their hometown radio stations.

"It was, to use the current terminology, the branding or the imaging of the radio station," jingle producer Jonathan Wolfert says.

Jingles helped to create a station's personality. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, New York's WABC, a 50,000-watt powerhouse heard up and down the East Coast, was the Top 40 gold standard.

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4:40am

Sat July 28, 2012
Music Interviews

Michael Kiwanuka: For Those Who Think Young

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 4:52 am

Michael Kiwanuka's debut album Home Again was released this spring.
Sam Butt Courtesy of the artist

It's been a hugely successful year for Michael Kiwanuka. The British singer-songwriter, who just turned 25, has been voted the BBC Sound of 2012, and was picked to tour with Adele.

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4:40am

Sat July 28, 2012
Music News

Rodriguez: Forgotten In America, Exalted In Africa

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 4:52 am

Detroit singer Sixto Rodriguez's sweet voice and socially conscious lyrics made him a legend in apartheid-era South Africa. This photo appears on the cover of his second album, Coming from Reality (1971).
Sony Pictures Classics

Legends rarely disappear. But Sixto Rodriguez that did just that.

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3:22am

Sat July 28, 2012
Food

You Won't Throw Tomatoes At These Recipes

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 9:50 am

Chef Cassy Vires uses heirloom tomatoes like these in her tomato terrine.
iStockphoto.com

Late July is peak tomato season in much of the country, so for some fresh and inventive twists on the fruit — and yes, it is botanically a fruit, no matter what the Supreme Court says — we're heading to Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood, Mo.

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3:21am

Sat July 28, 2012
Author Interviews

Before The D-Day Invasion, Double Talk And Deceit

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 4:52 am

Allied troops invade Juno Beach on D-Day. Ben MacIntyre's latest book, Double Cross, recounts the grand deception beforehand that helped make the invasion a success.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Early in 1944, Southern England bristled with 150,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers gathered for an invasion the Allies hoped would end World War II.

The soldiers, pilots, sailors and Marines knew they were there to be launched into Nazi-occupied Europe. But surely the Germans knew also. It's hard to hide the largest invasion force in history. LIFE Magazine even ran photos of GIs in Piccadilly.

The question was: Where would they attack?

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3:21am

Sat July 28, 2012
Around the Nation

Gang Violence Smolders On Hot Chicago Streets

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 3:12 pm

The Chicago police gang enforcement unit makes an arrest after stopping a car with four suspected gang members in June.
Robert Ray AP

This has been a summer of blood, sweat and tears in Chicago. The city has been scorched by historic heat, and the homicide rate has soared. When the sun goes down behind the glimmering lakeshore skyline, blocks on the South and West Side of the city can ring with shots and sirens.

The streets of neighborhoods like Englewood, Grand Crossing and Garfield Park are empty, even during the day. In the middle of this summer, it is rare to see a child ride a bike or walk a dog.

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