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Remembrances
5:21 am
Sun August 26, 2012

In Just 'One Small Step' Armstrong Became An Icon

Armstrong stepped into history July 20, 1969, leaving the first human footprint on the surface of the moon.
NASA Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 12:32 pm

It was the kind of history that ignites the imagination of humanity.

On July 20, 1969, hundreds of millions of people around the world watched or listened as the lunar module Eagle carried astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon. Armstrong got on the radio to let them know "the Eagle has landed."

Almost seven hours later, Armstrong stepped off the ladder in his bulky white space suitand said those famous words: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind"

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Megafires: The New Normal In The Southwest
5:20 am
Sun August 26, 2012

'Torture Lab' Kills Trees To Learn How To Save Them

Powers walks along plastic gutters designed to keep rain away from tree roots to simulate drought. Scientists here are studying the effects of sustained drought conditions on the tree species of the Southwest.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 6:03 pm

Last of a five-part series

The droughts that have parched big regions of the country are killing forests.

In the arid Southwest, the body count is especially high. Besides trying to keep wildfires from burning up these desiccated forests, there's not much anyone can do. In fact, scientists are only now figuring out how drought affects trees.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:03 am
Sun August 26, 2012

What Hat Holds The Answer?

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Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 12:32 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer is a two-word phrase in which one of the words starts with W and the other word is the same with the W removed. For example, if you were given the clue "desires scurrying insects," the answer would be "wants ants."

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World
2:41 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Joining WTO, Russian Aims For Brighter Future

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 6:16 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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Books
2:41 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

What's Music Superstar Usher Reading?

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

All this summer, we've been asking friends of the show - authors, musicians, actors, people passing by - what they're reading.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

USHER: Check one, two, mic check. Check, check it out, on and on and on, rock on to the break-a-break of dawn, it's on.

WERTHEIMER: When we interviewed singer Usher about his latest album, we asked what the soulful superstar was reading.

USHER: "The Narcissistic Family."

(LAUGHTER)

USHER: It's a book that someone gave me.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Sports
2:41 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

In Baseball, Managers Come And Go

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LIFE IS A BALL GAME")

SISTER WINONA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game being played each day. Life is a ballgame...

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The Olympics are over and we're all readjusting our focus to sports closer to home. A jet-lagged Mike Pesca is doing the same and he joins us now.

Hi, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

WERTHEIMER: So, there's really only one major league sport in full swing in the middle of August, and that is baseball. I hear the Red Sox manager is raising some eyebrows?

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Arts & Life
10:19 am
Sun August 19, 2012

'Gone With The Wind' Author's Estate A Windfall

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 2:41 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "TARA'S THEME")

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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Presidential Race
6:21 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Virginia Voters A Key Bloc For Obama, Romney

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 2:41 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We talked to voters in Virginia this week in Henrico County, a tossup county in a swing state. On state maps, Henrico County seems to be draped over north Richmond like a shawl. It's a critical region for both parties. President Barack Obama was there in mid-July. He carried Virginia last time and wants to hold on. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were in Henrico County in the last couple of weeks.

(SOUNDBITE OF CONVERSATIONS)

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Europe
6:21 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Language Law Lays Bare Divisions In Ukraine

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 2:41 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Russia's neighbor, Ukraine, is experiencing a linguistic rift. Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych, has signed a law making Russian one of the country's official regional languages. Russian is spoken primarily in the country's east and south; Ukrainian is spoken in the west and center. And Ukrainian speakers fear that Russian could crowd out Ukrainian, as it did in Soviet times. David Stern reports from Kiev.

DAVID STERN, BYLINE: Ukraine is country that is sometimes united by its two main languages.

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Europe
6:21 am
Sun August 19, 2012

What's Inside The CIA's Polish Prison

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 2:41 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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