8:00am

Sat August 6, 2011
World

After U.S. Downgrade, China Adds Its Own Disapproval

China, the biggest holder of U.S. treasuries, is reacting strongly to the downgrade of U.S. debt. China's official news agency says the country "has every right now to demand that the United States address its structural debt problems and ensure the safety of China's dollar assets." NPR's Frank Langfitt is following reaction in Asia, and talks with host Scott Simon.

8:00am

Sat August 6, 2011
Afghanistan

Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan Takes Deadly Toll

Thirty-one American troops and seven Afghans are reported dead in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan. If confirmed, it would be the highest number of Americans killed in a single incident since the war in Afghanistan began 10 years ago. NPR Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman is following the story, and talks with host Scott Simon.

8:00am

Sat August 6, 2011
Economy

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.

8:00am

Sat August 6, 2011
Economy

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.

8:00am

Sat August 6, 2011
Politics

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.

8:00am

Sat August 6, 2011
Sports

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.

8:00am

Sat August 6, 2011
Around the Nation

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.

8:00am

Sat August 6, 2011
Animals

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.

8:00am

Sat August 6, 2011
Around the Nation

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.

7:53am

Sat August 6, 2011
Europe

The French Are Getting Fatter, Too

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:00 pm

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

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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