Are athletes reaching the limits of human potential? Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt crushed his competitors in the 100 yard dash this week, but he also crushed another record, finishing with a record time of 9.63 seconds. The feat caused many to wonder just how fast humans could ever run, and would there ever be a time that could not be broken. And Mignon Fogarty, the host of the Grammar Girl podcast joins the show to address some Olympic-related language issues, including the age-old question of why Americans call the sport soccer, while the Brits call it football.
Will a purple state swing red or blue? We get an update from Colorado, a bellwether state and a key swing state, currently fought over by the Obama and Romney. Also, the Sikh Temple gunman played in white power bands, we find out why Orange County is home to many of them. Christopher Reynolds of the LA times walks us through his newest project: a travelers guide to L.A. that avoids the usual tourist traps. Porn star karaoke anyone? And, the NFL puts its first ever female referee on the field, will more women follow in her footsteps?
A refinery fire in the Bay Area could cause a big increase in gas prices here. We'll talk to an energy expert who explains the impact. Also, is the country's record-breaking heat wave this summer caused by climate change? We speak to a UC Berkeley scientist who was a skeptic, but now believes global warming is due to humans. Penn State football begins life after the Sandusky scandal after their first football practice. Ants, they're everywhere, we find out what their secret agenda is. Music critic Drew Tewksbury is back with the latest from LA Band Redd Kross. And 'Dear Sugar', an unorthodox advice column, becomes a best-seller. Author Cheryl Strayed gives us some advice on love.
We bring you an update on the shooting in Wisconsin at a Sikh temple yesterday that left seven people dead. Plus, NASA's Curiosity rover makes it to Mars! What's next for the far-from-home robot. Then, can a soda tax help curb obesity? Reporter Jed Kim takes us inside another unusual sport: bicycle polo. We take a look back at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Mars has become a high priority for NASA in recent years, but that wasn't always the case. Sanden Totten reports. Then Madeleine talks to Floyd Norris from the New York Times about today's job numbers, and what it may indicate for the economy. Women's Soccer has been buzzing in London lately, with unexpectedly large crowds for its Olympic events. Mae Ryan has a profile of the company Ossur, which engineered the prosthetic limbs Olympic runner Oscar Pistorious will be using on Saturday. The woman who voices the "50 Shades of Grey" audiobook joins the show to talk about her other job as the voice of children's audiobooks. Plus The Dinner Party and Meghan McCarty's Weekend Alibi.
Computers are increasingly causing problems on Wall Street. We'll find out why investors are getting spooked. Then, sticking with scary, infectious disease experts are monitoring the Olympics for outbreaks, as millions of people descend on London for the Olympics. An interview with homegrown Olympics swimmer Jason Lezak. And, why is craigslist shutting down app developers who want to make the site easier to use? Plus, other news in technology with John Moe. And David Kipen is here to tell us how Southern California invented Mars.