9:33am

Sat August 11, 2012
Participation Nation

Seeing The Best Of The U.S. By Bus

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 7:23 am

On the road with Bus 52.
Courtesy of Bus 52.

Right now, five of us — recent college graduates — are traveling across the country on a big blue converted school bus. Our mission is to showcase news of organizations and people who are doing inspiring things to help their communities in America.

The non-profit web series is called Bus 52. For one year, we are visiting the lower 48 states to show that good news is all around.

Our ultimate goal is to highlight 100 inspiring stories across America. Last week we released our 50th tale — about a non-profit pub in Portland, Oregon.

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9:22am

Sat August 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Not Alone In Stumbling Over 'Next President' Line

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:21 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney laughed off his momentary lapse Saturday, when he introduced his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, as "the next president of the United States." In 2008, President Obama had a similar slip.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

8:43am

Sat August 11, 2012
Presidential Race

Paul Ryan's Congressional Record

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 11:38 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now, we also have with us, for more on this announcement, NPR's Washington editor, Ron Elving. Hi, Ron.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: Now, we - also here, NPR political correspondent Don Gonyea. Don.

DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Good morning.

WERTHEIMER: Now, Ron, let me begin with you. Who is Paul Ryan?

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8:13am

Sat August 11, 2012
Presidential Race

Looking Ahead At The Romney-Ryan Ticket

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 11:38 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now we're going back to the big, high-profile contest this morning in politics: this morning's announcement that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's pick to be the next vice president. Romney would not speculate about his chances in an interview with MSNBC earlier this week, but he said that he was looking for a running mate with vision.

(SOUNDBITE OF MSNBC BROADCAST)

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7:53am

Sat August 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Ryan Boosts Romney's Conservative Credentials, But Also Mobilizes Opponents

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:09 pm

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shakes hands with Mitt Romney as he's introduced as Romney's vice presidential running mate Saturday in Norfolk, Va. The USS Wisconsin is in the background.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney discarded his increasingly inert better-safe-than-sorry campaign strategy Saturday when he named budget hawk and Democratic bete noire Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.

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7:50am

Sat August 11, 2012
The Torch

Georgia Gould Wins Bronze Medal In Mountain Bike Cross-Country Race

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:25 am

France's gold medalist Julie Bresset (center), Germany's silver medalist Sabine Spitz (left) and U.S. bronze medalist Georgia Gould stand on the podium of the women's cycling cross-country mountain bike event in Benfleet, England.
Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

U.S. cyclist Georgia Gould has won bronze in the women's mountain bike cross-country race. The gold medal went to France's Julie Bresset, who led from the start. Sabine Spitz of Germany won silver, after a late spill caused her to lose contact with Bresset.

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7:41am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Transcript: Romney Names Ryan As Running Mate

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 7:59 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announces Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate during a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks announcing his selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, as released by the Romney campaign:

Ladies and gentlemen:

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7:02am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Transcript: Ryan Makes First Remarks As VP Choice

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 7:54 am

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks after being announced by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's remarks after being announced as GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, as released by the Romney campaign:

Thank you Governor Romney, Ann. I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate.

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6:25am

Sat August 11, 2012
The Torch

An Olympian Named Mo Farah Takes Britain By Storm

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:37 pm

British runner Mo Farah is cheered as he appears on a giant screen at Olympic Stadium, accepting his gold medal for the 10,000 meters. Farah has become a celebrity in Britain since his win.
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NPR's Asma Khalid lived in London for two years, before moving to Washington, D.C. And when Khalid returned to England during this summer's Olympics, she found that things — perhaps even people — had changed. She explains:

I had never heard of Mo Farah.

But as soon as I stepped on British soil, I would have struggled to miss him — his face plastered on every paper, his name unashamedly idolized in an almost un-British like manner.

An unusual choice, perhaps, for a British national hero - a man born in Somalia.

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6:03am

Sat August 11, 2012
Interviews

Fresh Air Weekend: Chris Rock, Dan Auerbach

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 7:04 am

Chris Rock stars as Julie Delpy's boyfriend in 2 Days in New York. Delpy directed the film, a follow-up to her 2007 romantic comedy 2 Days in Paris.
Walter Thomson Magnolia Pictures

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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