This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Today, and in fact we think in just a few minutes, Mitt Romney will make it official. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will be his choice for vice president. Romney is expected to make the announcement at an event in Norfolk, Virginia within sight of the Battleship Wisconsin.
Paul Ryan endorsed Mitt Romney during the Republican primaries and just before the Wisconsin primary, Ryan called Romney the right leader for the moment.
This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.
Paul Ryan, the congressman from Wisconsin, has been selected as the Republican candidate for vice president. Mitt Romney is expected to formally make this announcement of his obvious vice presidential running mate at an event later this morning in Virginia. The pick is a bit of a surprise. Congressman Ryan was not at the top of many lists. He shook off speculation on Fox News in May.
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.
Saplings — no more than 6 feet tall — dot the landscape in Joplin, Mo. They replace the large shade trees that were ripped out of the ground by a massive tornado that swept through town in May of 2011.
Nearly 7,000 new trees, donated by various organizations, have been planted. They include sturdy, mostly native, varieties, such as oak, sycamore and redbud — trees that can withstand strong winds when they're taller.
With temperatures above normal for the past few months and precipitation below normal, those trees have had a hard time taking root.
More than half a century ago this week, on Aug. 12, 1958, some of the greatest jazz musicians of the day assembled in Harlem at what was, for them, the ungodly hour of 10 a.m. Fifty-seven players came to East 126th Street to have their picture taken for Esquire magazine.
Even the strongest among us get the blues: You can't get out of bed, you don't want to talk to a single other humanoid, and you just want to close the curtains and turn on the music. The songs you choose for those miseries have to be just right.
Adam Brent Houghtaling is something of a connoisseur of the melancholy moment. Perhaps to cheer himself up, he's put that expertise to use by producing a kind of encyclopedia of the best soundtracks for lonely days and nights. It's called This Will End in Tears: The Miserablist Guide to Music.
Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 1:02 pm
All summer long, Weekend Edition has been sampling the sounds of America's street musicians. The latest to catch our ear is Alexis Dawdy, a young violinist who returned to her hometown of Lansing, Mich., to study at Michigan State University — and do a little busking on the side.
"I'm actually not a music major. This is really a hobby that accidentally became a profession," Dawdy says. "I'm studying linguistics, and I'm 17 credits out from graduation. My goal is to do it debt-free, and this helps a lot. This pays for books and this pays for food."
Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. points at the time board as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 4x100 meter relay at the Olympic Stadium on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The U.S. set a new world record by finishing the race in 40.82 seconds.
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Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. points at the time board as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 4 x 100 relay on Day 14 of the London Games. The U.S. set a new world record by finishing the race in 40.82 seconds.
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Szabolcs Zubai of Hungary shoots over Magnus Jernemyr of Sweden during the men's handball semifinal.
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Dzhamal Otarsultanov of Russia (in red) and Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia wrestle during the men's freestyle 55-kilogram gold medal match. Otarsultanov won the event.
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The team from Italy performs during the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around qualifications.
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Latvia's Maris Strombergs leads the competition during the BMX cycling men's final. Strombergs won his second straight Olympic gold medal.
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Egypt competes in the team synchronized swimming free routine final.
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Maartje Paumen (center) of the Netherlands celebrates after a goal during the women's field hockey final against Argentina.
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Meseret Defar of Ethiopia celebrates winning gold in the women's 5,000 meters.
Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:59 pm
Hundreds of Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tenn., gathered on Friday afternoon for prayers in a new mosque that has — at times — divided the community.
Debate over the building coincided with disputes over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque in New York. The congregation in Murfreesboro weathered a bomb threat, arson attempts and a court challenge. But members say the pain was worth the prize — a proper mosque to worship in after decades meeting in a cramped office space.
The imam called it a day of forgiveness. He also spoke against violent extremism.
The London Summer Olympics are winding down, and by most accounts, the games have been a success. There were plenty of "thrill of victory, agony of defeat" moments; big, enthusiastic crowds — although there were too many blocks of empty seats; and for those who like a helping of scandal served up at their Olympics, there was that, too.
It wasn't the usual scourge of doping. Instead, the London Olympics had incidents of bending the rules and ethics of sport.