Mike Pesca appears in the following:
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The basketball tactic isn't officially tracked. There isn't even a universal definition (it can occur when a defensive player in any way redirects the intended flight of the ball). But University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino knows deflections are key to winning.
Monday, March 25, 2013
The weekend's NCAA men's college basketball tournament saw some close games. Top seeds Gonzaga and Georgetown lost. Florida Gulf Coast University became the first 15th seed to win two games in tournament history.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
NPR's Mike Pesca rhymes his way through the 32 opening-round games of the NCAA basketball tournament.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Lexington, Ky., is one of four sites where the NCAA men's basketball tournament is being played. The visiting teams have been amazed by the locker suite. The $3.1 million facility was paid for with private donations.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Mike Pesca talks to Robert Siegel about the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
A host of Division 1 games gets underway in men's college basketball Thursday. That play begins a massive national overdose of basketball that will continue for several weeks.The competition will be held at four sites.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The top seeds for the Men's Division I basketball tournament include Kansas, Louisville, Indiana and Gonzaga. The games begin Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, with the "First Four" games — pitting the four lowest-seeded "at large" teams against the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers.
Friday, March 15, 2013
For years, the Big East conference has been an elite force in men's college basketball. That ends this weekend. Realignment has dramatically transformed the Big East, as major powerhouse teams are moving on to other conferences.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Go on, pick a favorite in this year's NCAA tournament. We dare you. There's more than a dozen legitimate contenders to pick from. And then there's all those potential Cinderella teams. Mike Pesca talks to Audie Cornish about the upcoming NCAA Men's College Basketball tournament, which is as wide open as it has even been.
Friday, January 18, 2013
We now know what many have suspected for some time: Lance Armstrong is a liar and a bully and cheat. Bob talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about Oprah's questions and Armstrong's answers during his Thursday night confession on OWN, Winfrey's TV Channel.
David Byrne - Glass, Concrete & Stone
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
NPR sports reporter Mike Pesca checks-in from London to talk about this year's Olympic trends, upsets, and the controversial New York Times article on American runner Lolo Jones.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
If the Olympic badminton players could be faulted for anything, it's for not throwing their matches better. Manipulating the draws in tournaments has a long tradition in sport. In the early rounds of track or swimming competitions, athletes who've qualified will routinely not push to win a heat.
Monday, July 30, 2012
The result of a judo men's quarterfinal bout was announced, and then reversed, Sunday. Since then, it became the source of international indignation over a perceived injustice. But the controversy stems from judo officials' attempt to avoid such confusion.
Monday, May 14, 2012
On Friday, the internet was all abuzz with Serena Williams. Yes, she beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 in a Madrid Open quarterfinal. But the real news was the leak from an apparently forthcoming rap track. The tennis star is just the latest athlete to get behind the mic – joining the ranks of boxer Manny Pacquiao, basketball great Shaquille O’Neal and even the ‘86 Mets. Today, NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca joins us for a look back at what happens when athletes get into the music game.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
The national championship game in men's college basketball is set. The Jayhawks beat Ohio State in a close one and Kentucky got past Louisville.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Mike Pesca, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin, the hosts of “Hang Up and Listen,” Slate’s sports podcast, talk about college football’s national championship game and the college football system. They’ll also discuss the NFL playoffs and the highlights and lowpoints of the year in football.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca joins us to share three knockout boxing songs.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Guest host Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. We’ll speak to the lead reporters behind ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs project, which investigates how much money pharmaceutical companies spend on training and influencing doctors. Alexandra Fuller speaks about her new memoir Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. Kevin Wilson talks about his novel The Family Fang. Plus, Joe McGinniss discusses his aggressive investigation of Sarah Palin.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Fawaz Gerges explains why he thinks the increase in homegrown terrorism in the West is a sign that al-Qaeda’s influence is on the decline. Then, master caricaturist Drew Friedman tells us about his tribute to the Borscht Belt, Even More Old Jewish Comedians. Playwright Itamar Moses and actor Karl Miller discuss the new drama “Completeness.” Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about common sense—it's pretty common, but it's not always sensible!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Guest host Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. He’ll speak with magician and atheist Penn Jillette about on his latest collection of essays. Then, we'll find out how Joe Hill became one of the most venerated martyrs of organized labor after he was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad in 1914. James Beard Award-winning writer Jon Reiner tells about his battle with a gastroinestinal disease that forced him to take all his nutrition intravenously. Plus our latest Backstory segments.