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12:29 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Too Much Calcium Could Cause Kidney, Heart Problems, Researchers Say

Federal health officials recommend 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day for people younger than 50, but some are overdoing it.
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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:08 am

When it comes to a healthy diet — especially for women, and especially after menopause — nutritionists, doctors, everybody it seems, will tell you: calcium, calcium, calcium.

Federal health officials recommend that women and men younger than 50 consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. The recommendation goes up to 1,200 milligrams after age 70 for men and after menopause for women, when a major drop in estrogen causes bone loss.

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The Salt
12:28 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Got Heartburn? Maybe You Should Rethink Your Drink

A waitress delivers a coffee and beer in Medellin, Colombia, in this 2010 file photo. Both drinks can trigger acid reflux.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:05 am

Many of us experience heartburn, or reflux, from time to time — and when we do, we're quick to point the finger at heavy, fatty meals. But that burning, uncomfortable feeling may also be the result of what we're drinking: namely, coffee and other caffeinated beverages, and alcohol.

"Alcohol has a direct effect" on heartburn, says Kevin Ghassemi, a gastroenterologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Temporarily, of course."

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Law
1:59 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Breaking Down Gun Violence: No 'Simple Formula'

People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis., on Aug. 7.
Tom Lynn AP

In 1990, 78 percent of Americans supported tougher restrictions on gun sales, according to a Gallup poll. A decade later, that number fell to 44 percent.

Part of the reason has to do with how the debate has been framed: one between those who want to ban all guns and those who want to protect the right to own them.

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Presidential Race
1:59 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

In Paul Ryan, Obama Finds Familiar Foe

President Obama has long used House Republicans as a foil. Now that one of the leaders in that group, Paul Ryan, is on the ticket alongside Mitt Romney, the connection is that much clearer. NPR's Scott Horsley joins host Guy Raz to talk about the president's response to the newly formed GOP ticket.

Sports
1:59 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Tears And Drama Punctuate Olympics' Final Weekend

The U.S. men's basketball team defended its Olympic title today as the London Summer Games draw to a close, and there was plenty of drama elsewhere on the final game of the competition. NPR's Tom Goldman tells host about Guy Raz the greatest moments and those that were a little embarrassing.

Music
1:59 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

The Olympic Soundtrack: A Story Of National Pride

It's a moment of pride and glory when athletes hear their country's national anthem ringing out at the medal ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Host Guy Raz talks to freelance journalist Alex Marshall, whose writing a book on the history of national anthems, about some of the patriotic tunes.

Music Interviews
1:59 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

The Very Best: A Would-Be Lion Chaser's Backup Plan

Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Karlberg perform and record as The Very Best.
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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 1:51 pm

How do a Swedish producer and a Malawian singer end up collaborating? The partnership that became The Very Best was sparked several years ago, when Johan Karlberg stopped into a London secondhand store that was run by the Malawi-born Esau Mwamwaya, and the two started talking music.

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The Torch
1:42 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

London Games Bid Spectacular Farewell

A view of the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games on Sunday.
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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:34 am

The closing ceremony to the London Games used fireworks, theatrics and music to celebrate the athletes and their countries who participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The night included a shout-out to Winston Churchill and a performance from the Pet Shop Boys, to mark the end of two weeks of competition and stunning athletic displays.

The surviving members of the rock band Queen, The Who and the Spice Girls were on the schedule to entertain millions watching around the world.

Update at 5:11 p.m. ET: 'Imagine'

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Sports
1:29 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Hard Lessons At the Olympics, Like The Metric System

Turkey's Nevin Yanit (from left) United States' Kellie Wells and Russia's Tatyana Dektyareva compete in a women's 100-meter hurdles semifinal. Exactly how many yards is that?
Anja Niedringhaus AP

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 1:59 pm

Olympic winners like gold medalist Claressa Shields have said the games were a learning experience, but what were they learning? Hard work? Sure. Sportsmanship? Maybe. The metric system? Certainly not.

U.S. judo competitor Kyle Vashkulat competes at 100 kg, which he knows means he weighs 220 lbs. But does he know height?

"We were in a sauna, and the guy's telling us the height of the boxers, and he's like, 'Yeah, this guy's like, 1.7 meters' — and we're like, 'How tall is that?'" Vashkulat says, laughing.

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Presidential Race
12:32 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Ryan Brings The Love To Romney's Campaign

U.S. Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan greets supporters during a campaign rally in High Point, N.C., on Sunday.
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Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 1:59 pm

Since Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., came on the scene Saturday, Mitt Romney's rallies have felt different. The crowds are bigger. The audience is more raucous. Lines that used to be a routine part of the Republican presidential candidate's stump speech have become rousing battle cries.

At the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C., 1,600 people crowded into the room and thousands more swarmed outside.

"I feel like I'm in Woodstock," gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory exclaimed. "There's a parking jam!"

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Movies I've Seen A Million Times
11:17 am
Sun August 12, 2012

The Movie Peter Hedges Has 'Seen A Million Times'

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Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 1:59 pm

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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The Torch
11:10 am
Sun August 12, 2012

At Olympics' End, USA Finishes First In Medal Race

In an iconic moment, Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:43 pm

The last medals of the London Games were just presented at the end of the women's modern pentathlon.

Like it did in the last three Olympics, the United States dominated. Last time around in Beijing, China outdid the States in total gold medals but this year, the U.S. climbed back proving itself in pretty much every category.

Here's a look at the final medal tally:

USA: 46 gold; 29 silver; 29 bronze; 104 total.

China: 38 gold; 27 silver; 22 bronze; 87 total.

Russia: 24 gold; 25 silver; 33 bronze; 82 total

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Evangelist Billy Graham Hospitalized

Evangelist Billy Graham is thought to be suffering from bronchitis.
Nell Redmond AP

Evangelist Billy Graham has been admitted to a North Carolina hospital for a lung infection, according to a spokesperson.

Graham was admitted to a hospital in Asheville, near his home in Montreat, on Saturday night. This is the second time in less than a year the 93-year-old has been admitted to the hospital, as The Charlotte Observer notes:

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Sun August 12, 2012

New President's Dismissals Shock Egypt's Politicos

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 3:29 pm

New Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is asserting his authority in the boldest move he's made since assuming the nation's top job.

Update at 4:08 p.m. More Details

The Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, ordered the retirement of Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Gen. Sami Annan. He also restored to the office of the president powers taken from it by the military before his election.

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The Torch
9:15 am
Sun August 12, 2012

'No One-Hit Wonder': For Gold, Team USA Beats Spain In Men's Basketball

LeBron James of the United States celebrates winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain with teammate Kobe Bryant.
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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:23 am

The United States now has back-to-back golds in men's basketball, after beating Spain 107-100 in the finals.

The team celebrated midcourt, and we saw something unexpected: Kobe Bryant, the superstar, one of the best basketball players in the world, wept during what he said was his last Olympic appearance.

"Team USA is not a one-hit wonder," the commentators on NBC said. "Like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, they come to London and put out more gold."

It wasn't easy. The AP reports:

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The Torch
9:01 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich Wins Men's Marathon

Athletes run along Westminster Bridge next to the Palace of Westminster as they compete in the Men's Marathon in London.
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Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 9:18 am

Earning his country's first Olympic medal in track and field, the Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich won the Olympic marathon with a time of 2:08:11.

Reuters reports that Kiprotich took the lead with a little more than three miles to go and finished just ahead of his compatriot Wilson Kipsang, who won the 2012 London marathon.

Reuters adds:

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Americandy: Sweet Land Of Liberty
8:50 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Chukar Cherries Offers A Year-Round Taste Of Summer

Chukar Cherries uses 250,000 pounds of cherries annually in its candies and other treats. The company dries them all over just a few weeks each summer.
Melisa Goh NPR

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 9:01 pm

Over the course of just a few sun-soaked weeks every summer, Chukar Cherries in central Washington state dries 250,000 pounds of fresh cherries.

"It's almost like going into your mom's kitchen and she's just taken a cherry pie out of the oven," says co-owner J.T. Montgomery. "A little bit like that."

Not surprisingly, the dried fruit goes into lots of Chukar Cherries' products, including the company's most popular: chewy, semi-dried cherries, rolled in oval nuggets of chocolate.

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Sunday Puzzle
7:50 am
Sun August 12, 2012

In The End, There Will Be Chemistry

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Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 6:40 am

On-air challenge: You are given the ends of the names of three things that are all in the same category. You name the category. For example, "fur," "dine" and "sten" are all ends of chemical elements (sulfur, iodine, tungsten).

Last week's challenge, from listener Annie Haggenmiller of Chimacum, Wash.: Take the name of a well-known U.S. city in four syllables. The first and last syllables together name a musical instrument, and the two interior syllables name a religious official. What is the city?

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'Weekend Edition's' Taste Of Summer
7:48 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Summer Wine: Look For Light, Bright And Affordable

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Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 6:40 am

Before the summer slips away, we raise a glass to hot August nights — and their perfect wine pairings. A good summer wine will be "light, bright and affordable," Leslie Sbrocco, author of The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide, tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

Whether you're on the beach, on the go or at the grill, Sbrocco offers recommendations for affordable reds and whites under $25.

When You're On The Go ...

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It's All Politics
7:41 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Baseball Caps And Rented Cars: How Romney's Team Kept VP Pick A Secret

Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan speak with media aboard a charter airplane from Sterling, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday.
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That Rep. Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate wasn't a complete surprise. Still, it was a closely guarded secret and it took quite a bit of planning to keep it under wraps until the name was unveiled yesterday.

Last night, NPR's Ari Shapiro and other reporters received a briefing from team Romney detailing the lengths they went through to keep their vetting — and Romney's ultimate choice — secret.

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