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3:00pm

Sat July 9, 2011
Africa

South Sudan Comes Alive With Joy, Tears

The world welcomed a new country on Saturday: South Sudan. The nation's flag was raised for the first time in capitol of Juba, where the people of South Sudan gathered to celebrate their independence. Host Guy Raz talks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who was in the joyous crowd.

2:45pm

Sat July 9, 2011
Author Interviews

The Troubled History Of The Supermarket Tomato

A worker inspects tomatoes at the West Coast Tomato plant in Palmetto, Fla. The Sunshine State produces one-third of all fresh tomatoes in the U.S.
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Supermarket tomatoes may look delicious — smooth, red and unblemished — but for the most part, they taste like nothing at all.

"I think tomatoes in grocery stores are like food porn in the purest sense of the word," author Barry Estabrook tells Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "They tantalize you, they make you think, but they don't deliver."

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10:25am

Sat July 9, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Your Health Podcast: Video Game Violence and Back Pain Science

Peggy O'Brien-Murphy receives a massage from therapist Loretta Lanz. O'Brien-Murphy was among the participants in a study that found both relaxation and deep tissue massage are effective treatments for lower back pain.
Group Health Research Institute

Medicaid may not be the best health coverage around, but a new study this week shows that it is way better than nothing.

The findings come from Oregon, where limited funding meant the state resorted to a lottery to determine who would get into Medicaid. Public health researchers compared the health of people who got Medicaid and those who didn't, and we have Julie Rovner on hand to explain how it turned out.

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8:12am

Sat July 9, 2011
Simon Says

Don't Indict Juries Over The Casey Anthony Verdict

There were shocked and angry outcries this week after an Orange County, Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008.

Caylee Anthony had been missing for a month before police arrested her mother, Casey, for obstructing the investigation into her daughter's disappearance. It was about six months before the little girls' remains were found in woods near her home.

Casey Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to police. But with time served, she will be free next weekend.

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8:00am

Sat July 9, 2011
Africa

In Uganda, American Becomes Foster Mom To 13 Girls

Four years ago, Katie Davis was homecoming queen at her high school in Tennessee. Today, she cares for 13 abandoned girls at her home in Uganda.
Courtesy of Stylianos Papardelas

Four years ago, Katie Davis was homecoming queen at her high school in Brentwood, Tenn. She had a yellow convertible and planned to study nursing in college.

But those plans changed just a little. Today, she's in Uganda, sharing her home with 13 orphaned or abandoned girls, ages 2 to 15. Davis is the legal guardian or foster mother for all of them, and hopes to one day adopt them.

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