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5:06 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

High Blood Pressure: Often Recognized, But Still Poorly Controlled

Knowing your blood pressure is just the beginning.
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After decades of encouragement, Americans are getting their blood pressure checked more often.

And there's a little more good news, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most adults with high blood pressure are being treated these days.

But, and you knew there had to be a but, more than half of all Americans with hypertension — about 36 million people, all told — still haven't got it under control.

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Election 2012
4:45 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Democrats Highlight Ryan's Marathon Time Gaffe

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block report that as the Democratic National Convention gets underway, the other running record of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is taking the spotlight. Debate over his reported marathon time has become a popular subject in the blogosphere. Ryan misstated his over four hour time as being under three hours.

Food
4:43 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Alaska Man Rolls Record Cabbage Out Of The Patch

Melissa Block speaks with Scott Robb of Palmer, Alaska, who has grown a world record-setting giant cabbage. It weighed in at 138.25 pounds at the Alaska State Fair. Robb has been nurturing a variety of world-record setting giant vegetables — including turnips and kale — for more than twenty years.

Around the Nation
4:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

'Pocket Parks' Start Popping Up Over All Over L.A.

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 11:12 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now another trend in urban development, the Pocket Park.

DARRYL FORD: My name is Darryl Ford. I work for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

SIEGEL: Los Angeles and the L.A. Parks Foundation are taking advantage of the real estate downturn and home foreclosures, to create a host of new small parks, as we hear in this City Life Snapshot.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Michelle Obama Gets Top Billing On DNC's First Day

The Democratic National Convention began Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. Robert Siegel talks with Mara Liasson about the day's events.

Politics
4:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Julian Castro Brings Post-Racial Politics To DNC

Julian Castro is the 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio. And on Tuesday he will make his national debut as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Audie Cornish talks to him about his Latino heritage, the possibility of post-racial politics and whether he sees a presidential run in his future.

NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
4:35 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Bridging The Gap Between Two Neighborhoods

An illustration for a park proposed for Washington's old 11th Street Bridge. If realized, the park would span the Anacostia River, linking the Capitol Hill neighborhood with lower-income Anacostia.
Ed Estes Courtesy of D.C. Office of Planning

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:19 pm

Cities around the nation have tried a variety of approaches to revitalizing their urban cores. Some have turned to repurposing old infrastructure to breathe new life into neighborhoods.

One such effort is under way in the nation's capital, where the redevelopment of a bridge linking a wealthy part of the city with a lower-income one may present an opportunity — if an ambitious park plan can be brought to fruition.

A '21st Century Playground'

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Election 2012
4:35 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Dems Capitalize On Advantage With Hispanic Voters

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:46 pm

Hispanics were a major focus of the program at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Democrats, beginning their convention in Charlotte, N.C., are hoping to capitalize on their current advantage with Hispanic voters.

Politics
4:35 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Elizabeth Warren Weighs In On 'You Didn't Build It'

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:44 pm

On Wednesday, Elizabeth Warren will take the national stage when she speaks at the Democratic National Convention. Audie Cornish spoke with her about the origin of the now infamous "you didn't build that" phrase, the state of the economy and her close Senate race in Massachusetts.

Election 2012
4:35 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Democratic Platform Endorses Gay Marriage

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:44 pm

It's been a momentous year for the LGBT community. At the Democratic National Convention, delegates are voting to approve a platform that includes a gay marriage plank. This follows President Obama's announcement in May that he supports gay marriage. These developments, on top of other support from the administration, have led gay and lesbian donors to step up their contributions to the president's re-election campaign this year. Audie Cornish talked with gay delegates and fundraisers about what this year has meant for them.

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