12:28pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Games & Humor

Cristela Alonzo, Making Funny Her Own Way

Cristela Alonzo got a prized spot on the popular late-night TV show, Conan, because her no holds barred standup act makes audiences laugh and think. She steps up to the mic for a talk with host Michel Martin.

12:17pm

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

How Hot Was It? July Was Warmest Month On Record For U.S.

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 1:14 pm

Only one color was needed to show where July ranks in terms of hottest months on record.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

12:04pm

Wed August 8, 2012
The Torch

The Olympic Art Of Shushing: Who Decides When Fans Can Be Noisy?

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 2:25 pm

Fans make some noise as they watch Olympic women's beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade in London. There seems to be little consistency in which sports require quiet from spectators.
Julian Finney Getty Images

There seems to be a vague logic that dictates which Olympic sports are conducted against a backdrop of noise, and which operate in a cone of silence.

For the most part, the more a sport depends on a fine motor skill, the quieter the spectators are meant to be. Shooters squeeze triggers before mostly hushed crowds. But in many shooting disciplines, the competitors line up in a group and can shoot at any point during their time allotment. So not only is gunfire ringing in their ears, crowds often become noisy, depending on the results.

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11:52am

Wed August 8, 2012
U.S.

Motive in Sikh Temple Shooting May Remain A Mystery

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 7:20 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

There are some new developments in the case of the Wisconsin man who opened fire on a Sikh temple last Sunday. The man at the center of the attack is a 40-year-old Army veteran named Wade Michael Page. Page killed six people at the temple and wounded three others, including a police officer. Page himself died at the scene.

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11:50am

Wed August 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Missouri's Claire McCaskill Gets Clarity On Her Opponent, If Not Her Future

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 1:05 pm

The Missouri Republican primary win by Rep. Todd Akin gives Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democrat, the choice she seemed to prefer.
Jeff Roberson AP

The only sure thing for Sen. Claire McCaskill, the embattled Missouri Democrat trying to remain in the Senate, is that she now knows who her challenger will be this fall: U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.

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11:24am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

After Being Shot By Police, Sikh Temple Gunman Killed Himself, FBI Says

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:23 pm

Wade Michael Page, the man authorities say killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, appears to have "died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson told reporters in Milwaukee this morning.

After a Oak Creek, Wis., police officer shot Page in the stomach, she said, video from the scene appears to show Page taking his own life.

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10:54am

Wed August 8, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

What's Hair Got To Do With It?

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:28 pm

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas became the first African-American to win gold in the women's all-around event. But following her big moment, the twitter-verse lit up about her hair. Host Michel Martin asks how far has the country really come, when people's choices — about everything from hair to politics — are judged by superficial standards.

10:54am

Wed August 8, 2012
Around the Nation

A Link Between Mental Health And Mass Violence?

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 4:52 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Earlier we talked with Dr. Carl Bell. He is a psychiatrist and a professor at the University of Illinois. He's the president and CEO of the Community Mental Health Council in Chicago, Illinois, and we've spoken with him on a number of occasions about issues in mental health, but he has a particular interest in the issue of violence. In fact, he's the founder of the Institute for the Prevention of Violence, has done extensive research in this area, and we caught up with him on Tuesday.

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10:54am

Wed August 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Shooter Was On Radar For Years, Expert Says

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 5:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We'd like to take a moment to think more deeply about what seems like a barrage of mass shootings this year alone.

In May, a belligerent man in Seattle shot up a cafe, killing five people after he was denied service. Nearly three weeks ago, 12 people were killed and close to 60 people were wounded in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. This past Sunday, six people died in Wisconsin after being gunned down in a Sikh temple.

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10:54am

Wed August 8, 2012
Fitness & Nutrition

Surgeon General: Don't Let Hair Get In The Way

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 5:00 pm

Dr. Regina Benjamin wants a culture of fitness, and she's asking black women to stop worrying about their hair, and hit the gym. She's promoting a contest for the best gym-friendly hairdos.

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