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The Professor Who Became a Cage Fighter

Sunday, May 03, 2015

As he was nearing forty, English professor Jonathan Gottschall took up an unlikely hobby: mixed martial arts. He writes about the experience in his book, "The Professor in the Cage," in which he explores the enduring appeal of fighting. He tells Steve Paulson what led him to step inside the cage with an expert mixed martial artist. 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Inside the Mind of a Fighter

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a fighter in the moments before a fight? Here's one take, courtesy of writer Jonathan Gottschall.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Toughest Teen in the World

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Claressa Shields is one of the highest ranked fighters in the world. At the age of 17 she became the first American to win gold in Olympic Women's Boxing. To date, she has more than fifty victories and only one loss. So what's it like to be one of the toughest teen fighters in the world? Charles Monroe-Kane called Claressa to find out.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Ecstasy of the Fight

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Writer Kerry Howley spent months travelling through the Midwest, following two mixed martial artists as they tried to make a living through fighting. She writes about the experience in her book, "Thrown." Howley sees mixed martial arts as an ecstatic, transcendent, experience -- both for the fighters and the audience.

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The Takeaway

Floyd Mayweather Packs a Punch With a Past

Friday, May 01, 2015

Floyd Mayweather Jr., the highest paid athlete in the world, has a long rap sheet for domestic abuse. But it's not keeping him out of the ring, or stopping viewers from paying to watch. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Justifying Torture, Kurt Cobain's Unseen Life, and The Daunting World of Modern Love

Friday, May 01, 2015

The Takeaway explores new allegations about the American Psychological Association, the director of a new Kurt Cobain documentary drops by, and we explore dating in the digital age.

Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Chamber Music and Sparring at 'Strike'!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bach meets boxing at the legendary Gleason's Gym in DUMBO tonight.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mixed Martial Arts and Human Civilization

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

English professor Jonathan Gottschall spent time training in mixed martial arts, and came away with a theory about the human inclination for violence and the key to civilization.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Intellectual Takedowns; Former White House Press Sec & Why Men Fight

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Michael Eric Dyson on his former friend Cornel West; career advice from the former White House press secretary Dana Perino & one theory as to why men fight, and why we like to watch.

Fugitive Waves

17 – Unfinished Business: Ali vs Frazier VI, Daughters of Destiny

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In 2001, a quarter-century after boxing's celebrated "Thrilla in Manila," Ali and Frazier were once again poised to enter the ring. But this time it was the daughters of the legendary combatants who were scheduled to battle—22 year old Laila Ali and 39...

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WNYC Digital

Hear Muhammad Ali's Incredible 43-Second Pre-Fight Poem

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's the 40th anniversary of Ali's famous Rumble in the Jungle with George Foreman. In a poetic speech beforehand, he warned that he could "hospitalize a brick" and "make medicine sick."

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Radiolab

What's Right When You're Left?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jonathan Gottschall was just a lowly adjunct in the English Department of a small college outside of Pittsburgh. Then one day a mixed martial arts gym shows up across the street from his office. Jonathan can’t resist trying his hand in the ring, but 4 months into his training he’s ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mike Tyson

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mike Tyson, philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon, and onetime heavyweight champion of the world, talks about his life in and out of the ring.

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Schoolbook

Boys Learn Boxing to Stave Off Obesity

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A group of about 40 boys, ranging in age from six to 19, are devoting part of their summers to learning proper nutrition and how to throw a proper punch. They have discovered, through a pilot program teaching them to box, that both take discipline and require respect for the body.

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Community

Snapshots of "Women Box: Olympic Boxing is No Longer A Man’s Sport" Event

Friday, March 01, 2013

Women Box explores why women fight and why we expect them not to. Are high heels and a deadly left hook contradictory? Are muscles masculine? Should women embrace a sport that some view as a wrong-headed male construction, celebrating violence, not strength? Should anyone box? These stories will embody sports-reporting at its best: journalism that challenges us to think about who we are and who we could or should be.

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Around Broadway

Broadway’s Diamond Anniversary for Golden Boy

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood takes a look, and lets us know if Golden Boy — like real gold — has aged without tarnishing.

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WNYC News

BOUT by BOUT | Track Women Boxers in London

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

You've heard our stories, seen our photographs and gotten to know and love Team USA's women boxers: Claressa Shields, Quanitta "Queen" Underwood and Marlen Esparza. Now you want to follow their progress in London, right?

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WNYC News

Meet Team USA's Women Boxers

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Women’s World Boxing Championship, which will determine which women box for gold in the London Olympics this summer, kicked off Friday with a high stakes draw in Qinhuangdao, China. Here's a preview of what to expect, plus a look at Team USA's top contenders. 

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WNYC News

LISTEN | Go For It: Life Lessons From Girl Boxers

Thursday, July 12, 2012

If you box, by definition, you’re a risk-taker. If you’re a girl and you box, you’re a risk-taker and a rule-breaker. If you’re a girl and you box and your aim is to be the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing – that's going for it.

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WNYC News

LOOK | A Year With The Contenders

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Only three boxers made the first ever US Women's Olympic Boxing Team. Many tried. They gave up jobs, quit school, moved across the country to train with top coaches. Sue Jaye Johnson spent the year following their quest to make history. These are some of the photographs she took along the way.

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