8:34am

Mon August 6, 2012
Monkey See

Good Business, Bad Quality: How NBC Is Both Right And Wrong On The Olympics

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 12:36 pm

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100m Final yesterday. If you get your Olympics coverage on television, you didn't see it live.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

The following exchange has played out over and over in the last ten days:

Point: "NBC's coverage of the Olympics stinks, because everything is tape-delayed and cut to shreds, and also the announcers are awful and they only care about American athletes, and by the time I get to watch anything, I already know what happened."

Counterpoint: "People are watching in huge numbers."

Point: "But quality."

Counterpoint: "But business."

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8:24am

Mon August 6, 2012
Open Air August 9

ZOFO Duo

Alan talks with the members of the ZOFO Duo, pianists Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermen, and plays excerpts fro, their new CD, "Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands." Thursday at 1 PM.

8:23am

Mon August 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Sikh Temple Shooting Stuns Congregation, Country

The shooting that left six congregants dead at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin has sparked concerns among Sikhs and other South Asian Americans. Host Michel Martin talks about who Sikhs are and how they're reacting to the tragedy. She's joined by Rajdeep Singh of the Sikh Coalition and Deepa Iyer of South Asian Americans Leading Together.

8:08am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Torch

Mustafina Wins Gold In Uneven Bars, As 'Drained' Douglas Struggles

Aliya Mustafina of Russia won gold in the women's uneven bars final at the London 2012 Olympics Monday. American Gabby Douglas came in eighth.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Gymnast Aliya Mustafina of Russia has won the 2012 Olympic gold medal in the uneven bars, standing atop the podium in a highly competitive event that also featured American star Gabby Douglas, defending medalist He Kexin of China, and British favorite Beth Tweddle.

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8:08am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Salt

Purists Sniff As Stink-Free Durian Fruit Seeks A Fan Base

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:09 am

Durians for sale at a Singapore market.
momovieman Flickr.com

To lovers of the world's most odoriferous fruit, something doesn't smell right in Thailand's durian country, where a fruit breeder with the Horticulture Research Institute is in the midst of creating a line of durian varieties that lacks what some say is the most intriguing aspect of this large and spiky, creamy-fleshed tree fruit — its smell.

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7:21am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Torch

American Sees Silver Slip Away In Rifle Event's Final Shot

Matthew Emmons of America (right) celebrates his bronze medal, along with Italy's Niccolo Campriani (center) and South Korea's Kim Jonghyun, after the men's 50m rifle 3 positions final.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

U.S. rifle shooter Matthew Emmons has won a bronze medal in the 50-meter three positions rifle event. That may sound like a slight let-down for the man who had been poised to win silver — a horrible final shot of 7.6 dropped him into third place — but it's far better than Emmons' earlier Olympic experiences.

First there was Athens 2004, when he inadvertently fired upon the wrong target.

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6:53am

Mon August 6, 2012
KALW Almanac

August 6, 2012

Today is National Fresh Breath Day !

219th day of 2012, 147 remaining

Sunrise: 6:18am
Sunset: 8:13pm

MoonRise: 10:31pm

Moonset: 11:06am

The Moon is waning Gibbous 79%

High Tide: 5:59am

Low Tide: 1:08pm

Special Celebrations today:

Today is National Fresh Breath Day

National Root Beer Float Day

Wiggle Your Toes Day

Picnic Day in Australia

National Pamper Yourself Day

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6:42am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

At Sikh Temple, Leader Attacked Gunman; Died Trying To Protect Others

Satwant Singh Kaleka, in an image broadcast by Milwaukee's TMJ4-TV.
TMJ4

As happened after last month's shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., we're starting to hear stories of courage and sacrifice about victims of another mass shooting.

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6:24am

Mon August 6, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: U.S. Women's Basketball Blowout, And Maroney's Vault Woes

American Diana Taurasi drives to the basket past Xiaoyun Song #5 of China during their preliminary round match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

As we enter the final week of the 2012 Summer Olympics, and athletes from the United States have won a total of 60 medals. That's just behind China, at 61. The two countries have stayed in lock-step with one another all through the London Games. Here's a quick rundown of other news out there:

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5:26am

Mon August 6, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Prime Minister Defects To Jordan

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 10:02 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We are covering other news today, including news out of Syria, where there have been some high-level defections. The prime minister of Syria fled to neighboring Jordan just two months after he was appointed. He says he has joined the opposition. Syrian rebels say that three other cabinet members also defected. These are the highest level departures from the government of Bashar al-Assad since the uprising began well over a year ago.

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