Y'know your local mall? The one you drive to whenever, or just as easily drive past? What would happen if you didn't have a choice — if you couldn't avoid going there? Would you walk right through without stopping and shopping? Or, a darker question: What if you could never get out?
With the 2012 Summer Olympics in London just over the horizon, it occurred to us that for every Lebron James and Michael Phelps, there are less heralded athletes who will be wearing the red, white and blue who are equally dedicated and proud to represent their country. We wanted to meet some of them, so today, we are joined by Tumua Anae. She's a goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's Water Polo Team, and she joins us from Los Alamitos, California, where she's been training.
Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us.
Good morning, and welcome to "Day -1" of the 2012 Summer Olympics. That NASA-like designation is due to events already having begun in the soccer competition, before Friday's Opening Ceremony. Men's soccer begins play today.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero gave up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday night. It was a "complete embarrassment," he <a href="http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/mlb/article/1231906--toronto-blue-jays-hammered-by-oakland-athletics-in-16-0-loss">told the <em>Toronto Star</em></a> afterward. His team lost 16-0.
Supporters of North Korea's women's soccer team were dismayed to see the start of Wednesday's match delayed, after a video screen displayed the South Korean flag next to photos of the North Korean players.
Back in 2010, during Vancouver's Winter Olympics, the iPad did not exist. When Beijing hosted opening ceremonies in 2008, Apple's app store was less than a month old. Now, for the first time ever, millions of people are expected to watch some of the Olympics on their phones, tablets or other gadgets.
NPR's Steve Henn takes a look at what it will take to make the games fully digital.
For months now, we've been hearing about people having trouble with their tickets for the London Olympics. People complained they couldn't get the tickets they wanted or the tickets are too expensive. Plus, some have had problems actually getting the tickets in hand. But maybe they're just not doing it right, as NPR's Philip Reeves reports.