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6:30am

Thu August 16, 2012
Space

YouTube Satire: 'We're NASA And We Know It'

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. You may have heard about NASA's Curiosity mission to Mars. Well, I bet you didn't know it had a backbeat.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE'RE NASA AND WE KNOW IT (MARS CURIOSITY)")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Singing) Crane, lower that rover. Crane, lower that rover. Crane, lower, that rover.

GREENE: Yes, this popped up on a YouTube channel called Satire. It's to the tune of LMFAO's song (Singing) "Sexy and I Know It." The cast in this video dressed in NASA garb, kicking at the console.

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5:38am

Thu August 16, 2012
Sports

Mariners' Felix Hernandez Throws Perfect Game

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 5:43 am

Pitcher Felix Hernandez retired all 27 batters in order Wednesday. It was the first perfect game in Mariners' history, and it was the third perfect game this year.

5:32am

Thu August 16, 2012
Around the Nation

Cancer Claims The Life Of 120-Year-Old Woman

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

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3:38am

Thu August 16, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a subpoena.

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3:38am

Thu August 16, 2012
Business

Olympians Try To Turn Medals Into Endorsements

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And while the Olympic Games are over and the athletes have all headed home, the competition for athletes to turn their gold into gold by securing valuable endorsements is in full swing.

To talk to us about some of the big sponsorship deals that might be in the works, we're joined by Emily Steel, who covers media and marketing in New York for the Financial Times.

Good morning.

EMILY STEEL: Good morning.

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3:38am

Thu August 16, 2012
World

Ecuador To Decide On Assange Asylum Request

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

In the latest twist to the WikiLeaks story, its founder Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by the South American nation of Ecuador. Ecuador's foreign minister made the announcement this morning, speaking through a translator.

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3:38am

Thu August 16, 2012
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. So we just heard in Renee's conversation there that American Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas has hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers, giving her clout with potential sponsors.

Our last word in business today is Klout spelled with a K. Klout, k-l-o-u-t, is a Web startup that's been around for a few years. The company says it can measure your online influence by using a special algorithm.

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3:38am

Thu August 16, 2012
NPR Story

Ryan Pick Forces Medicare Discussion

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

When Mitt Romney put Paul Ryan on the ticket, it had the potential to reset the presidential race - that is, offer a choice between two radically different visions of government, in a campaign seemingly stuck in tit-for-tat attacks over the economy. So far, though, the campaigns have a somewhat different fight on their hands. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

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3:38am

Thu August 16, 2012
NPR Story

Dallas Ramps Up Against West Nile Virus

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And health officials around the country are raising warnings about West Nile Virus. The U.S. is seeing the worst outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness since it was first detected in 1999. So far this year, 26 people have died, and about half of the country's 700 cases are in Texas - most of them in Dallas County. This week, for the first time in almost half a century, the county will begin aerial spraying to kill mosquitoes. B.J. Austin of member station KERA has the story.

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3:38am

Thu August 16, 2012
Space

Update On Mars Rover

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 1:53 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It has been just over a week now since Curiosity, the NASA Mars rover, made its successful landing on the Red Planet. Curiosity is by far the most technologically advanced rover to reach the surface of Mars so far, and it's already begun sending back some pretty compelling, high-resolution photographs of the planet's surface. To talk about space and the importance of this mission, we're joined, as we often are, by Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York.

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2:29am

Thu August 16, 2012
Music

Juanes: A Superstar Slows Down, Shifts Gears

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 12:57 pm

Juanes' latest album is all acoustic, and was recorded in front of a live audience as part of MTV's Unplugged series.
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2:28am

Thu August 16, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Persuading Banks To Give Homeowners A Break

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

Sara Millan (left) thanks Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America CEO Bruce Marks after NACA was able to reduce her family's mortgage during an event in Los Angeles in September 2010.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Over the past four years, Bruce Marks has been on a traveling road show to help people avoid foreclosure. His nonprofit, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, has held more than 80 events in cities around the country. So far, Marks says, NACA has helped 202,000 people get their payments lowered so they can afford to keep their homes.

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2:27am

Thu August 16, 2012
Middle East

Asked To Spy On Rebels, Syrian Soldier Becomes One

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

A Syrian soldier casts a shadow as he stands in the northwest city of Idlib in May. Growing numbers of Syrian soldiers are defecting and joining the rebels.
Khaled al-Hariri Reuters/Landov

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has been stung by a string of prominent defections, from the prime minister to a leading general to a military aviator who was Syria's first man in space.

Ra'ed, a soldier from Syria's most prestigious military unit, the Republican Guard, is among the defectors.

The guard's chief duty is to protect the Syrian leadership. But Ra'ed says he never felt proud to serve after he was drafted in June 2010 at age 19.

Ra'ed, who is now living in Lebanon, asked that NPR use only his first name out of concern for his safety.

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2:27am

Thu August 16, 2012
Africa

In South Sudan, Cows Are Cash And Source Of Friction

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:53 pm

A man from the Mundari nomad tribe stands among cattle on Jan. 18, in Juba, South Sudan. Cattle raids, a common occurrence in the region, have grown increasingly violent in recent years.
Kyodo/Landov

For the rural people of South Sudan, cattle are at the center of their culture. They use them as currency, treat them as objects of beauty, and fight tribal battles over them.

In recent years, traditional cattle raids have turned deadly. Tribesmen aren't just stealing cattle; they are slaughtering rivals, burning villages and abducting women and children.

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6:26am

Wed August 15, 2012
World

Police Chief Urges Toronto Mayor To Get A Driver

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