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Sat July 28, 2012

As The Games Begin, A Look At Early Results

NPR's Tom Goldman talks with host Scott Simon about the first medal events, including cycling and swimming.


Sat July 28, 2012
NPR Story

Test Your Olympic Trivia Knowledge

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 6:52 am



Our marathon man of trivia is A.J. Jacobs, who once read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica to learn more and get a book contract. Why didn't he just write 50 Shades of Knowledge? A.J. joins us now to talk about Olympic facts, some of which may actually be true.

A.J., thanks for being with us.

A.J. JACOBS: And thank you for having me.

SIMON: Let's start with the marathon, A.J. Apparently, one of your favorite athletes in history was Spiridon Louis, who was the winner of the first modern marathon back in 1896.

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Sat July 28, 2012
Music News

The Not-So-Distant History Of Radio Jingles

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 11:35 am

WABC's Dan Ingram in 1981.
Courtesy of Allan Sniffen

Many people of a certain generation might remember a jingle or two from one of their hometown radio stations.

"It was, to use the current terminology, the branding or the imaging of the radio station," jingle producer Jonathan Wolfert says.

Jingles helped to create a station's personality. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, New York's WABC, a 50,000-watt powerhouse heard up and down the East Coast, was the Top 40 gold standard.

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Sat July 28, 2012
Music News

Rodriguez: Forgotten In America, Exalted In Africa

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 6:52 am

Detroit singer Sixto Rodriguez's sweet voice and socially conscious lyrics made him a legend in apartheid-era South Africa. This photo appears on the cover of his second album, Coming from Reality (1971).
Sony Pictures Classics

Legends rarely disappear. But Sixto Rodriguez that did just that.

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Sat July 28, 2012

You Won't Throw Tomatoes At These Recipes

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 11:50 am

Chef Cassy Vires uses heirloom tomatoes like these in her tomato terrine.

Late July is peak tomato season in much of the country, so for some fresh and inventive twists on the fruit — and yes, it is botanically a fruit, no matter what the Supreme Court says — we're heading to Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood, Mo.

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