The Leonard Lopate Show

How Athletes Have Gotten Faster, Higher, and Stronger

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We go behind the scenes with athletes, coaches, and scientists who are changing our understanding of human physical achievement and are redefining the limits of the human body.

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Sochi 2014: Get To Know Team NYC

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi, Russia. The U.S. is sending 230 olympians - the most for any nation in the history of the winter games - to compete in events from bobsledding to curling. Here are the 42 who hail from the tri-state area.

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Top Five Athletic Composers

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It’s not just the Seattle Seahawks or the skiers at the Sochi Olympics who like to win. Many classical composers were athletes, too. Here are our top five athletic composers.

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The Takeaway

Excitement, Caution Surround Winter Olympics

Monday, February 03, 2014

The Winter Olympics are just four days away, and over the weekend thousands of excited athletes packed up their bags, skates, and skis, and boarded a plane for Sochi. Olympic optimism aside, much of the hype surrounding the games has been overshadowed by the threat of terrorist attacks, a fear that was amplified following the twin suicide bombings in late December that killed 34 people in the city of Volgograd. Joining The Takeaway from the ground in Moscow is Andrei Soldatov, investigative journalist and security expert.

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When Athletes Sing: The 'Super Bowl Shuffle' And Other Greatest Hits

Friday, January 31, 2014

We hear the story behind the Super Bowl Shuffle -- and a brand new all-star remake. Plus, a look at other famous examples of athletes who've decided to make a go at a musical career. 

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The Takeaway

Gay Athletes, In and Out of the Closet

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NBA player Jason Collins publicly came out yesterday, and is being showered with attention - both good and bad - as a result. It's know how it feels to be in his position. But one person who might understand is Esera Tuaolo. Back in 2002, Tuaolo became the third former NFL player to come out. This was two years after he’d retired, and three years after he’d made it to the Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rutgers Update; Support for Sick Friends; Hillary Last Week

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Rutgers officials have announced that the school will be reviewing tapes of team practice sessions looking for other incidents of coaching abuse. Hear about the latest developments in the athletics scandal. Plus: reading into Hillary Clinton’s speeches looking for 2016; Reverend Erick Salgado on his bid to be the Democratic candidate for mayor; Letty Cottin Pogrebin talks about her new book about how to be a good friend to a friend who is ill, and what her experience with breast cancer taught her; and a new study on the evolution of the Philadelphia accent.


The Road To Grace is Paved in Awkward

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lulu Miller on staving off gravity, and the uplifting hilarity of one photographer's stunning portraits of Olympic divers in flight.

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The Takeaway

From the Tug-Of-War to Tandem Bicycling: Defunct Sports of the Summer Olympics

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Have you ever wondered why there’s a trampoline competition in the Summer Olympics, but no mixed martial arts? Do you ever wish the International Olympic Committee would bring back croquet and speedboating? And why, oh why, did we have to get rid of tandem bicycling?

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Head over heels

Friday, June 22, 2012

Diane Van Deren is one of the best ultra-runners in the world, and it all started with a seizure. 

For Diane, a charming mother of three, daily life is a struggle. But as soon as she steps outdoors, she's capable of amazing feats. She can run for days on end ...

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Game, Set, Rap

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. 

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Studio 360

Faster, Higher, Stronger by Design

Saturday, February 09, 2002

At the Winter Olympics we'll see all kinds of new sports gear designed to make athletes go faster, higher, and farther. But sometimes, the latest technological advances are not permitted in competition. Writer Akiko Busch looks at what she calls outlaw equipment.