All Things Considered for August 14, 2012
Aug 14, 2012 — By adding Paul Ryan to the GOP ticket, Mitt Romney may risk turning off an important voting bloc: senior citizens. But while some Florida seniors are set against any big changes to Medicare, others are embracing Ryan's plan for reshaping the program.
Aug 14, 2012 — The Federal Aviation Administration expects the skies to be even safer when it introduces a new air traffic control system upgrade at the end of the decade. But some researchers figured out how to create fake airplane signals, basically spoofing the new system. The FAA says it could quickly spot such "ghost planes."
Aug 14, 2012 — The daytime fast during Ramadan is never easy. It's particularly tough when the holy month falls during the hottest days of summer. This appears to be causing some Muslims to forgo the fast this year — though they would prefer that their family and friends don't know.
Aug 14, 2012 — The Arizona city already logs more days over 100 degrees than any U.S. city, and climate researchers predict Phoenix will grow hotter still in the coming decades. Planners are taking the projections seriously, and are looking for ways to adapt the city and its residents to a hotter, drier reality.
Aug 14, 2012 — Mitt Romney's new running mate has authored some provocative policy proposals to cut budget deficits and overhaul Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But Rep. Paul Ryan has also been an advocate for a different course for the Federal Reserve.
Aug 14, 2012 — Hundreds gathered in Flint, Mich., Tuesday, to celebrate the return of Olympian Claressa Shields. Just 17, Shields won America's lone gold medal in boxing at the Summer Games. And her triumph was welcome news in Flint, a struggling town that gave her a motorcycle escort home.
Aug 14, 2012 — On Monday, a woman from Belarus was stripped of her gold medal in the shot put because she failed a doping test. A hammer thrower, also from Belarus, was sent home before competing due to suspicions of doping in the 2004 games. Melissa Black talks with T.J. Quinn, an ESPN investigative reporter, about the state of drug testing in sports, and how long samples can be kept for later testing when technology improves.
Aug 14, 2012 — As part of the NPR Cities Project, we're exploring some "gee-whiz" questions about how cities work. Melissa Block talks to Gideon Berger, Fellowship Director for the Urban Land Institute, on the street in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown. They talk about the trickiness of timing traffic lights
Aug 14, 2012 — The giant was captured in Everglades National Park, where managers are struggling to control a booming population of the Southeast Asian species.