5:20pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Animals

Discovery Of 7,000th Amphibian Celebrated In Song

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:39 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now to a celebration. Well, it's actually more along the lines of...

(SOUNDBITE OF FROGS CREEKING)

CORNISH: Yes. Today, we, the warm-blooded, honor those who are not - namely, amphibians. That's because of the discovery of the 7,000th species of amphibian. A website called AmphibiaWeb at the University of California, Berkeley is keeping count.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "7,000 KINDS OF AMPHIBIANS")

CONNOR LOCKRIDGE: (Singing) From the slimiest frog to the tiniest toad...

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5:20pm

Thu August 2, 2012
The Salt

Extreme Makeover, Potato Edition

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 11:12 am

Jane Greenhalgh NPR

The sizzle seems to be gone from America's long-term relationship with the potato. Consumers are eating fewer of them, especially the kind that's not fried in a vat of hot oil. But what if a new and different potato arrived in town? A stylish one, with colorful flesh that was good for you, too?

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5:20pm

Thu August 2, 2012
All Tech Considered

Its Financial Future In Question, Facebook Tries To Tell A Different Story

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:39 pm

Mayank Sharma of New Delhi lost his memory. A video by Facebook shows how he used Facebook's "people you may know" feature to rebuild his life.
Facebook/Vimeo video screengrab

On its first day as a public company in May, Facebook's stock traded for more than $40 a share. On Thursday, investors could pick up a share for less than $20. Facebook has lost nearly half its value during its first few weeks on the Nasdaq. Institutional investors such as Fidelity are selling their stake. Facebook executives are now desperate to change the conversation about the company.

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5:20pm

Thu August 2, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

Americans Grab More Gold In Swimming, Gymnastics

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:39 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

We begin this hour with news from the London Olympics, where American athletes made history today. In a few minutes, a new face on the medal stand in the sport of judo, but first to swimming and gymnastics. Today, Michael Phelps won his 20th Olympic medal, a gold. And gymnast Gabby Douglas won gold in the women's individual all-around final.

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5:20pm

Thu August 2, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

Missy Franklin A Reason For Aurora, Colo., To Cheer

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:39 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

Aurora, Colorado is still coming to grips with the shooting last month that killed 12 people and injured dozens. But this week the city has something to celebrate, Olympic swimming sensation Missy Franklin. So far, she's racked up three medals in London and there may be more to come.

As Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee reports, Franklin's performance is giving Aurora a much needed boost.

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5:20pm

Thu August 2, 2012
The Torch

If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair?

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:35 pm

Gabrielle Douglas performs Thursday on the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final. Some people are focusing on her hair rather than her skill.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast from Virginia Beach, Va., won another gold medal Thursday. The first was won with her team earlier this week. She was the only member of the team to perform in all four rotations. So, why are some black women obsessed with her hair? Writer Monique Fields has this perspective.

Never mind how she flies like a raven on the balance beam. Or flutters across the floor. Or soars on vault. Or swings on the uneven bars.

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5:15pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Movies

Summer Movies: Olympic Medal-Winning Favorites

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Is a film in development where the aged Russian gymnast is allowed to give Michael Phelps the medal that broke her record? How about "Bad News Badminton" or "Dream Team V"? Well, there's no way to know whether we're going to see the butterfly, shuttlecocks or slam dunks in 3D anytime soon, but in the grip of Olympic fever, we kick off our annual summer film festival with a celebration of Hollywood's past focus on the drama of the games. Our favorite film buff Murray Horwitz joins us in just a moment.

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5:03pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Movie Reviews

A Couple Made For Each Other, But Not For Marriage

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:48 pm

Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are a separated couple who continue to hang out like best friends in Celeste and Jesse Forever. Jones also co-wrote the film.
David Lanzenberg Sony Pictures Classics

The easiest way to put divorce onscreen is to slap a couple of clearly mismatched souls up there and proceed to show them bickering over money, property, the kids, the family dog. Celeste and Jesse Forever takes the harder and more honorable way, giving us two people who genuinely care for each other, who are perhaps perfect for each other in all the ways you can list on paper, and who still fall victim to some essential loneliness that seems to be hardwired into their union.

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5:03pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Movie Reviews

'360': Intertwined Lives In A Connected Europe

Michael (Jude Law) and Rose (Rachel Weisz) are two of the many characters in 360, a film about interconnected European lives from the director of City of God and The Constant Gardener.
Phil Fisk Magnolia Pictures

For all the glum punditry about our brave new world of connected disconnection, there are endless possibilities for free play — though you'd never know it from the sorry crew of malcontents in 360, an ambitious post-millennial take on Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde.

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5:03pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Movie Reviews

In A Decrepit Future, An Identity Crisis Multiplies

Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) visits Rekall, a company that implants memories in its customers, in an attempt to explain a series of recurring dreams. Farrell plays the role originally portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 film of the same name.
Michael Gibson Columbia Pictures

Set in a high-tech yet shabby future, the remake of Total Recall is a fully realized piece of production design. But its script, credited to six authors, is more like a preliminary sketch.

Directed by Underworld franchise veteran Len Wiseman, the movie retains some elements of Paul Verhoeven's friskier (and more graphically violent) 1990 original. Yet it also makes lots of changes, notably by downplaying the brain-bending aspects of the scenario in favor of thought-free action. (Also, it never leaves a devastated Earth for Mars.)

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