The Olympics; Heat; Grit; and Jazz

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Gold medalist Claressa Shields of the USA celebrates with the gold medal on the podium.

The Summer Olympics get underway today, so this August Friday, hear a few of our favorite recent interviews, starting with three looks at the games in Rio:

  • Journalist Juliana Barbassa, author of Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Dream, on the promise and disappointments in preparing for the Games;
  • American boxer Claressa Shields talks about her return to Olympic competition after winning a gold medal as a 17 year old in 2012, and is joined by radio producer and filmmaker Sue Jaye Johnson who documented her triumph and its aftermath in the new documentary, "T-Rex";
  • David Goldblatt explores how world history has interacted with that of the Olympic games;


  • Journalist Elizabeth Grossman, and the listeners, on working in high temperatures;
  • Angela Duckworth on grit;
  • Comedian Negin Farsad about combating anti-Muslim prejudice through humor; and
  • Musician and physics professor Stephon Alexander explains how jazz explains the multiverse.

These interviews originally aired earlier this year. Links to the unedited audio are here: