2:43pm

Fri August 31, 2012
U.S.

Gas Prices Expected To Retreat As Isaac Fades

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 6:12 pm

A man fills his gas tank Wednesday in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Gas prices surged as Isaac approached, but are expected to ease after Labor Day.
Tony Dejak AP

As a tropical storm was gathering strength last week, fears were growing that the fierce winds might knock out Gulf Coast refineries, send gasoline prices soaring and seriously damage the U.S. economy.

But when Hurricane Isaac slammed into the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, it was only a Category 1 hurricane, far weaker than Katrina, the monster storm that hit seven years ago.

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2:31pm

Fri August 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Debating An Empty Chair? 'Eastwooding' Was A Thing Back In 1924

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 4:39 pm

Actor Clint Eastwood speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

If you've paid any attention to the last day of the Republican National Convention, you've no doubt heard about Clint Eastwood's strange performance in which he laid into President Obama, whom he pretended was sitting in an empty chair.

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2:13pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Science

Meet Your Ancient Relatives: The Denisovans

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. You've probably heard of your distant cousins the Neanderthals, but how about a more secretive member of the family tree, the Denisovans? Yeah, ring a bell? No? That's because traces of Denisovans are hard to come by.

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2:08pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Science

Time To Overhaul America's Aging Bridges?

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY; I'm Ira Flatow. Five years ago this month, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, sending a full load of rush-hour traffic into the Mississippi River. The disaster injured nearly 150 people, killed 13. The bridge was literally falling apart.

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2:03pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Participation Nation

Hay Is For Horses In Tryon, N.C.

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:16 pm

Dedicating hay bales to the emergency food bank for horses.
Courtesy of Libbie Johnson

The Tryon area has been known as "Horse Country" for almost a century. People here take their equine economy seriously, it's a major source of jobs. Drought conditions and the economy have forced many horse owners into a predicament of how to feed their families and their horses.

So the Hay Pledge was born. Horse owners and hay growers "pledge" 10 bales of hay if asked — unless their supplies are too low to share. Calls for assistance are confidential. Some 500 bales have been delivered in 2012, but winter is coming and that number will go up significantly.

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1:52pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Politics

It's All Politics, Aug. 30, 2012

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NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss highlights of the Republican National Convention — the speeches, the delegates, and what it all means for this year's election. In other news, Rep. Ben Quayle loses the GOP congressional primary in Arizona. Does that signal the end of his political career?

And borrowing from the Republican convention slogan that grew out of a statement from President Obama on the campaign trail, it's the "We Built It" edition of the "It's All Politics" podcast.

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1:52pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Technology

Surveying The Mobile Landscape, Post Patent Battle

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. If you have a smartphone or a tablet, you might want to pay attention to this story because last week a jury in California reached a verdict in a major patent battle case between electronics makers Apple and Samsung, a fight over the way their mobile devices worked and looked.

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1:48pm

Fri August 31, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Around The Jazz Internet: Aug. 31, 2012

Drummer Jimmy Cobb plays at the 2012 Heineken Jazzaldia, the international jazz festival in San Sebastian, Spain.
Rafa Rivas AFP/Getty Images

Next Wednesday: Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts Live at the Village Vanguard. But first, these news:

  • Larry Blumenfeld, a very good writer, has a new jazz blog up at the ARTINFO.com site.
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1:44pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Television

Meet The Brains Behind "Bones"

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Up next, the brains behind "Bones." If you go to the beach this weekend and check out what the other sunbathers are reading, there's a good chance you'll come across someone deep into a Temperance Brennan crime novel. Brennan is a forensic anthropologist, the person the police call when they find human remains that are, well, past their prime, if we say.

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1:39pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Space

Gazing Up At A Double Sun

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

If you headed outside this Labor Day weekend, besides seeing that second blue moon of the month, just look up at the sky, would you believe that about half of those stars you see are actually two stars or more, the kind of double star system that's quite common? And this week, astronomers reported on the discovery of a planetary system orbiting such a binary star, two planets orbiting two suns. It's called Kepler-47 after the Kepler planet-hunting mission that spotted it.

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