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Election 2012
3:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Democratic Platform Endorses Gay Marriage

It's been a momentous year for the LGBT community. At the Democratic National Convention, delegates are voting to approve a platform that includes a gay marriage plank. This follows President Obama's announcement in May that he supports gay marriage. These developments, on top of other support from the administration, have led gay and lesbian donors to step up their contributions to the president's re-election campaign this year. Audie Cornish talked with gay delegates and fundraisers about what this year has meant for them.

3:43 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Alaska Man Rolls Record Cabbage Out Of The Patch

Melissa Block speaks with Scott Robb of Palmer, Alaska, who has grown a world record-setting giant cabbage. It weighed in at 138.25 pounds at the Alaska State Fair. Robb has been nurturing a variety of world-record setting giant vegetables — including turnips and kale — for more than twenty years.

3:42 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Egypt's Tumultuous Times Reflected In Its Art Scene

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 7:31 pm

Egypt's post-revolution art scene is documenting the country's emotional roller coaster of a transition through music and graffiti art. Since the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, small indie bands have popped up to sing or rap about the political situation in Egypt. The graffiti that lines Cairo's streets is also evolving with the transition.

Around the Nation
3:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

'Pocket Parks' Start Popping Up Over All Over L.A.

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:12 am



Now another trend in urban development, the Pocket Park.

DARRYL FORD: My name is Darryl Ford. I work for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

SIEGEL: Los Angeles and the L.A. Parks Foundation are taking advantage of the real estate downturn and home foreclosures, to create a host of new small parks, as we hear in this City Life Snapshot.

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3:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Michelle Obama Gets Top Billing On DNC's First Day

The Democratic National Convention began Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. Robert Siegel talks with Mara Liasson about the day's events.