1:33pm

Fri August 3, 2012
The Torch

Going To The Games: A Spectator's View Of The London Olympics

Tickets to London 2012 events come with a travel pass.
Madhulika Sikka NPR

To find out what the London Olympics are like for the average fan, we asked Morning Edition executive producer Madhulika Sikka — a Brit who's vacationing in London — to describe it for us. Sikka received tickets through the lottery.

Congratulations, you've secured tickets for an Olympic event, and London 2012 awaits you. So, what's it like to navigate a city that has been bracing itself for the throng of Olympic visitors?

Read more

1:30pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Monkey See

The Responsibilities Of Being The Greatest Film Of All Time

Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo topped this decade's Sight & Sound poll as the best movie of all time. Citizen Kane, the top film for the past 50 years, dropped to the number two spot.
Creative Commons

The internet age has only confirmed humanity's love affair with lists, not to mention multiplied how many we write. Lists simplify, they spark arguments and they establish canons. They're the least subtle form of criticism but nevertheless an important part of it. No more buts, maybes or howevers: With lists, critics have to make choices.

Read more

1:30pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Environment

Changing Views About A Changing Climate

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 2:29 pm

What is the role of humans in climate change? "Call me a converted skeptic," physicist Richard Muller wrote in an Op-Ed in the New York Times this week, describing his analysis of data from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. Though Muller was once a notable skeptic regarding studies connecting human activity to climate change, he has now concluded that "humans are almost entirely the cause" of global warming.

1:28pm

Fri August 3, 2012
NPR Story

Planning For 'Curiosity' On Mars

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 2:29 pm

If all goes according to plan, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, nicknamed 'Curiosity,' will touch down on the red planet this weekend following what NASA has called 'seven minutes of terror' during the descent. NPR science correspondent Joe Palca and John Grunsfeld, head of NASA's Science Directorate, give a preview of the mission and talk about what scientists hope to learn from the latest ambassador to Mars.

1:23pm

Fri August 3, 2012
The Two-Way

After Aurora Shooting, A Couple Decides To Finish Watching 'Dark Knight'

The Century 16 movie theatre is seen from a memorial setup across the street in Aurora, Colorado.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Jacqueline Keavney Lader and Don Lader survived the Aurora shooting. But the day after, the military couple did something courageous: They returned to an area theater to finish watching the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

Read more

1:18pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Piano Jazz

Grady Tate On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 3:25 pm

Grady Tate.
Courtesy of the artist

Grady Tate has been lucky enough to have two distinct careers in jazz. He made a name for himself as a session drummer with impeccable rhythm, for music legends such as Quincy Jones, Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.

Read more

12:53pm

Fri August 3, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Aug. 2, 2012

Uriel Sinai Getty Images

Holy mackerel, it's the holy site edition of the podcast. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin look back at the memorable — and controversial — moments of Mitt Romney's foreign trip, and then look ahead to the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions.

Also, a new Tea Party star is born in the Lone Star State.

Read more

12:43pm

Fri August 3, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Newport Jazz 2012 Preview: Saturday

Conguero Pedrito Martinez (center right) and his group lead off NPR Music's coverage of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Petra Richterova Courtesy of the artist

This weekend, NPR Music and our partners WBGO and WGBH are presenting 16 hours of live video webcasting from the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. For your convenience, here's a breakdown of what you'll see online and hear on WBGO. Everything is subject to change, as with all broadcasting; for the latest, check out npr.org/newportjazz, where you'll find the streaming video.

Read more

12:41pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Author Interviews

Crum: Lee Maynard's 'Love Letter' To His Hometown

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 3:10 pm

Lee Maynard's 1988 semi-autobiographical novel Crum is set in the small, poor West Virginia town where he grew up. The people of Crum who know the book tend to love it or hate it. It was even banned for several years in a state-run store. The sequel, Screaming With the Cannibals, which came out five years later, got his protagonist Jesse Stone out of West Virginia, across the Tug River into Kentucky.

Read more

12:40pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Remembrances

Fresh Air Remembers Writer And Critic Gore Vidal

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 3:03 pm

Gore Vidal authored the historical novels Burr and Lincoln, wrote plays and provocative essays, ran for office twice — and lost — and frequently appeared on TV talk shows. His play The Best Man currently has a revival on Broadway.
AP

In Gore Vidal's New York Times obituary, Charles McGrath described the writer as "the elegant, acerbic all around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization." Vidal died Tuesday at the age of 86.

Read more

Pages