Thursday, November 13, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 ...
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.
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.