Senior Romney adviser and former Republican Minnesota congressman Vin Weber talks to host Guy Raz about the strategy behind the selection of Paul Ryan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice for vice president.
Democrats have announced that San Antonio mayor Julian Castro will be the keynote speaker at that party's convention. In the past, that role has served as a platform for bigger things. Political scientist Costas Panagopoulos, who studies party conventions, was at that 2004 Democratic convention when the then-unknown Barack Obama dazzled the delegates. He talks to host Guy Raz about what makes a great keynote speaker.
Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate, Paul Ryan, has long subscribed to the objectivist philosophies of novelist Ayn Rand. Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about how that approach to public policy will play with voters.
Rep. Paul Ryan brings sizzle to the GOP ticket that conservatives love. But he also adds some risk because the heart of Ryan's plan calls for dramatic changes to the nation's largest government health programs, Medicare and Medicaid. NPR's Julie Rovner talks to host Guy Raz about what those changes could mean for the campaign and the country, should they win.
Mitt Romney announced Saturday that his running mate is Paul Ryan, a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin. The two men launched a multi-day, multi-state bus tour Saturday morning. Host Guy Raz talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro, who's traveling with the Romney campaign.
Brigetta Barrett has won the silver medal in the women's high jump, setting a personal best of 6 feet, 8 inches to eke out a spot on the podium between two Russian athletes: Anna Chicerova, who jumped 2.05, and Svetlana Shkolina, who tied Barrrett at 2.03 meters.
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