Morning Edition for August 9, 2012
Aug 9, 2012 — At the beginning of the presidential race, Iowa was among the most important states in the country. Now, after a few months out of the spotlight, it's the center of political attention again. Mitt Romney campaigned in Des Moines Wednesday. Barack Obama will be there next week.
Aug 9, 2012 — Two big gold medal matches of the Olympics are set Thursday in London, and both involve American women's teams. In water polo, the U.S. women seek to end 12 years of frustration with their first gold medal. And in soccer, the Americans have a chance at redemption. They play Japan which beat them in the World Cup final last year.
Aug 9, 2012 — We've put together an infographic that explores how athletes' bodies have changed over the last century. Those physiques are shaped by years of training — and by the laws of physics.
Aug 9, 2012 — As drought continues throughout the country, municipalities are doing their part to maintain water sources like lakes. In some cities, officials are using law enforcement to regulate the water usage of businesses and residents.
Aug 9, 2012 — President Obama is in the midst of a two-day campaign swing through Colorado. The Rocky Mountain West is a key battleground area in the November election. A new poll shows the president leading Mitt Romney among women in the state but trailing his Republican rival among Colorado men.
Aug 9, 2012 — Within one hour, Wired.com senior writer Mat Honan's entire digital life was destroyed. Hackers got access to his Google account and chaos followed. Eight years of Gmail were deleted. His iPhone was wiped clean — as was his iPad and MacBook. Honan talks to Renee Montagne about how hackers were able to gain access to his accounts.
Aug 9, 2012 — Nancy Brinker the founder of the breast cancer charity is giving up her CEO role for a lower profile job. President Liz Thompson has resigned. The statement issued by the charity makes no mention of it, but Komen's been dealing with fall-out from a decision earlier this year to stop funding cancer screenings conducted by Planned Parenthood. The funding was restored, but following the flap, participation in races has dropped by as much as 30 percent.
Aug 9, 2012 — More than 20 percent of online retailers have referred to the Olympics in their promotional materials in recent weeks. But unless they're official sponsors, they can't directly use trademarked Olympic symbols or even the word Olympics. So many have had to get creative, using language such as go for the gold, podium or world-class to catch the attention of fans.
Aug 9, 2012 — NBC's coverage of the London Olympics is a ratings hit. This can present a problem for other networks looking to lure viewers — especially those dedicated to broadcasting sports. Steve Inskeep, talks to media reporter John Ourand of the Sports Business Daily about counter-programming the Olympics, and what sports networks like ESPN are showing instead.
Aug 9, 2012 — Austin Wierschke, 16, has maintained his place atop the pantheon of texters. The competition took place Wednesday in New York City's Times Square. There were 11 competitors.