What's Up with Tom Brady's Foot?
RACHEL MARTIN, host:
So now is when I get a little less lonely, actually. I'm sitting here in the studio all by myself.
KORVA COLEMAN: Oh…
MARTIN: I know.
COLEMAN: …don't be lonely.
MARTIN: It's so sad.
COLEMAN: Look, I'm down in the lean-to. I'm figuratively holding your hand.
MARTIN: Korva's in D.C., but this is the fun part of the show. Well, there are a lot of fun parts. But this is the best, when I get more company. Our producers come in. We talk about what you guys are talking about on the Internet, what you forward to your friends. It's a segment we like to call The Most.
(Soundbite of music)
MARTIN: And that's our music. And, oh, Tricia's is going to come in, too.
COLEMAN: Go, girl.
MARTIN: Okay, first up, Caitlin.
CAITLIN KENNEY: Yes. My story is the most e-mailed from USA Today. Chances are if you've turned on the radio in the last year, you know this song.
(Soundbite of song, "Hey There Delilah")
Mr. TOM HIGGENSON (Vocalist, Plain White T's): (Singing) Hey there Delilah, what's it like in New York City? I'm a thousand miles away, but girl, tonight you look so pretty. Yes, you do.
MARTIN: I love that song.
KENNEY: So - yeah.
COLEMAN: It was everywhere.
KENNEY: Everyone knows it.
COLEMAN: Oh, my gosh.
KENNEY: Oh, my goodness. Could you turn on the radio without hearing it? Well, anyway, it took five years, one hit song and two Grammy nominations, but the Plain White T's singer, Tom Higgenson, finally got his date with Delilah.
COLEMAN: How sweet.
MARTIN: I mean, I have to say, I didn't actually know that this was kind of a real scenario that he was singing about.
KENNEY: Yeah. He totally had a crush on her. She was a friend of a friend. She's an Olympic track hopeful. And he met her and he wrote this song to impress her. The sad thing is she didn't really go for it. But…
MARTIN: How can you not go for that?
KENNEY: I don't know. I guess she just wasn't that into it.
DAN PASHMAN: And that's what I mean, that's a high bar. I mean, come on now, buddy, at that point, you got to start looking elsewhere. I mean…
MARTIN: You know, I'd want that, plus a nice dinner.
PASHMAN: Not only did he write the song, it became a hit. I mean, it's a huge hit.
MARTIN: I'm sure it's not - I don't know.
(Soundbite of laughter)
MARTIN: Now he's rich, he could - I mean…
MARTIN: He can buy her a bunch of dinners.
KENNEY: I think it's the idea that she gets to go to the Grammys with him that has maybe sort of changed her mind.
MARTIN: Well, she's lame.
PASHMAN: I'd look out for her.
COLEMAN: She's going to dump him. She's going to dump him.
MARTIN: I'm going to go right out there and say she's lame. But, hey, what do I know?
KENNEY: Well, let's home for Tom she doesn't.
MARTIN: Okay. Thanks, Caitlin.
Next, Dan "The Man" Pashman.
DAN PASHMAN: Hey, guys.
MARTIN: What do you have to say for yourself today?
PASHMAN: The most e-mailed here from the Boston Herald. Big news here, both in TMZ land and sports land. Rachel, look at that picture. What you see there?
MARTIN: Well, it looks like…
PASHMAN: It's a picture of a man.
MARTIN: …an attractive man, who looks athletic, and looks to be wearing a cast.
PASHMAN: I drew some helpful arrows, yes.
MARTIN: I see there, he must be wearing a cast. Who is this guy?
PASHMAN: That is uber-hunk and sporting star Tom Brady.
MARTIN: He said that, not me.
PASHMAN: That's right. Hey, you know what you say about Tom Brady - women want him and men want to be him.
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PASHMAN: But Tom Brady was seen outside his girlfriend - supermodel Gisele Bundchen's apartment here in New York yesterday, wearing a cast.
COLEMAN: Wait, Dan. For those of us who are not football fanatics, why is Tom Brady an important figure today?
PASHMAN: Because he is playing in the Super Bowl in less than two weeks against my team, the New York Giants. And he's their - the star of the team, and he apparently got hurt at his game on Sunday. But there were no reports that he'd been hurt, and no one knew he was hurt. Now he did come out and say yesterday, ah, don't worry about it. Everyone gets nicked up in a game. I'll be fine for the Super Bowl. And I trust that…
MARTIN: It's just a cast. It's just a full-length cast.
COLEMAN: Won't that mean something?
MARTIN: It's a bruise.
PASHMAN: Well, it is his right foot, which is more important for (unintelligible) the quarterback. A lot of football teams are very secretive with their injuries, especially the Patriots. So…
COLEMAN: Provided they're not spying on somebody else.
PASHMAN: Exactly. But, you know, my guess is he'll be fine for the game. But we can hope that maybe he'll just be a tad bit gimpy.
MARTIN: So says the Giants fan.
COLEMAN: Yeah, so says the Giants fan.
PASHMAN: Yeah. I'm biased in this story.
MARTIN: Okay, Korva, my friend in D.C., what do you have to say?
COLEMAN: Well, this is from the L.A. Times health section, and it's a little disturbing. Girls are hitting puberty a lot earlier. There's a researcher at Ithaca College in New York, and she says girls as young as 8 are beginning to develop breasts.
Here's the problem. If you develop breasts earlier or younger, then you have a known factor for breast cancer later on in life. So, now they're thinking about revising the definition for abnormally early breast development as young as 7.
COLEMAN: For girls who are white, girls who are African-American, the age is 6.
MARTIN: That's some very early puberty.
COLEMAN: They don't know why.
McKINNEY: Yeah, we're really freaked out about that. I wonder if there's a correlating…
McKINNEY: …having a young daughter.
MARTIN: …maturity levels. I mean, physically, you're developing faster. But - I mean, women have always matured faster.
McKINNEY: Is it about percentage of body fat? Is it about hormones?
COLEMAN: Well, there's a couple of things. It could be chemicals, and then there's the obesity rate. I mean if you're going to be heavy, you're going to develop breasts at a younger age.
MARTIN: Interesting story.
Okay, I am next. And I'm going to tell you what is one of the most e-mailed stories on npr.org. NPR legend Sylvia Poggioli has a…
McKINNEY: You got to say it with panache.
COLEMAN: Poggioli, Poggioli.
MARTIN: That's I could never be a successful public radio star, because my name's Rachel Martin. It's not Rachel Poggioli.
COLEMAN: Rachel Poggioli.
MARTIN: We all can't be Korva, honey.
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MARTIN: Okay. So Sylvia is in Europe. Sylvia is doing a really interesting story about Muslim integration into European society. She did a piece about Muslim women in Germany who live these parallel lives, have a really hard time assimilating, don't really want to. And we've got a little bit of sound from that story.
SYLVIA POGGIOLI: One of the biggest problems is the wall of silence, behind which tens of thousands of uneducated Muslim women live. Many of them first met their husbands on their wedding day, only to disappear into a world ruled by rural Turkish traditions, unnoticed by their German neighbors.
Ms. SEYRAN ATES (Lawyer and Activist): They lived in big families, in family structures where they can't go out.
POGGIOLI: Seyran Ates is a lawyer and women's rights activist. She says many Muslim women in Germany lead lives of isolation and often experience physical violence.
Ms. ATES: They are under the control of the man or their families. This is women who are physically living in Germany, but psychologically living in the Naza culture, which is looking much more for gender apartheid.
POGGIOLI: Polls show that only a third of Muslims in Germany want to integrate. And German authorities worry about the rise in the number of uneducated, imported brides and grooms from Turkey through both arranged and forced marriages.
MARTIN: That was NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reporting. Did we pique your interest? That was only part of the story. If you want the whole kit and caboodle, go to npr.org. You will find it on the most e-mailed list.
And my friends, thank you for joining me. That is The Most.
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