Economy
6:00 am
Sat August 6, 2011

The Economics Of The U.S. Credit Downgrade

Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. credit puts the country in uncharted economic waters. Host Scott Simon talks to New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera about the implications of the S&P downgrade.

Politics
6:00 am
Sat August 6, 2011

With U.S. Downgrade, S&P Calls Politics Into Account

On Friday night Standard & Poor's credit rating agency downgraded its rating of U.S. credit for the first time in the country's history. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Scott Simon about the politics of the decision.

Sports
6:00 am
Sat August 6, 2011

No Disgrace In Baseball This Week, But It Was Close

Craig Counsell didn't set a record Friday night, and that's good news for the Milwaukee Brewers infielder. You can bet there's more to come on Alex Rodriguez and his love of poker, but should there be? Host Scott Simon talks sports with NPR's Mike Pesca about the week in sports.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat August 6, 2011

Chilean Miner Exhibit Recounts 33 Days Of Drama

A year after the Chilean miners began their world-famous saga trapped underground for 33 days, a new exhibit on their journey back to their loved ones opens this week in Washington, D.C. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang tours the exhibit with the director of the National Museum of Natural History.

Animals
6:00 am
Sat August 6, 2011

A Special Visitor Alights On Coney Island

This week, a foreign visitor came to Coney Island, perching along the boardwalk on a sweltering August afternoon. To most of us, the grey-hooded gull would look much like all of the other seagulls that flock to Coney Island, but bird enthusiasts could tell this one was special. Host Scott Simon has more on the buzz among birders.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sat August 6, 2011

Katrina's Lawlessness Remembered In Shooting Verdict

A federal jury in New Orleans returned guilty verdicts Friday against five current and former police officers who were charged with shooting at unarmed civilians in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina. Two were killed in the shooting and four others wounded. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's John Burnett about the conviction.

Economy
6:00 am
Sat August 6, 2011

U.S. Credit Rating Downgraded

Standard & Poor's has lowered its long-term credit rating on the United States from AAA to AA-plus. It also says the outlook on the long-term rating is negative. The ratings agency says its action comes because of the prolonged controversy over raising the debt ceiling and other fiscal policy. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR business reporter Tamara Keith about the downgrade.

Europe
5:53 am
Sat August 6, 2011

The French Are Getting Fatter, Too

Restaurants line a street of the Quartier Latin in central Paris.
Bertrand Guay AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 5:00 pm

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America.

As the United States struggles to cope with obesity rates, France is often looked to as a counterexample. Yet obesity is on the rise there as well now, and though French culinary traditions are often credited with keeping people trim, some worry those eating habits are under assault.

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Middle East
5:33 am
Sat August 6, 2011

Doctors Without Borders Targeted In Bahrain

Tens of thousands of Bahrainis participate in an anti-government march on July 29 in Saar, Bahrain. The protest took place a day after authorities raided and shut down the local office of an international medical aid group, highlighting the way the government crackdown has included medical workers who have treated injured protesters.
Hasan Jamali AP

In Bahrain, the local office of the international medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres has been raided, its local driver has been arrested, and the operation has been shut down.

The government has largely suppressed a mass protest movement, and the security forces in Bahrain have carried out a crackdown on those who continue to demonstrate against the country's rulers.

MSF has been aiding injured protesters who were too afraid to go to the hospital, for fear they'd be arrested.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:51 am
Sat August 6, 2011

Your Health Podcast: The Illness of Kings and Scorpion Stings

Poultry farms and other livestock operations often use antibiotics to promote growth, which can lead to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria such as salmonella.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Hosts April Fulton and Rebecca Davis talk turkey this week on the podcast, among other things.

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