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Ghosts of Football Future

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Parents, players and coaches offer different perspectives on the current state of football. And hint at where the sport might go next. 

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Schoolbook

Giants Donate $1.2M to Put EMTs on City's High School Football Fields

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The funds will go to varsity and JV programs at 53 New York City public schools.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Former Football Fan's Lament

Monday, September 15, 2014

Former sports reporter Steve Almond explains why he gave up watching football.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Teen Girls Might Be More At Risk for Concussions

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yikes. Cheerleading and other sports girls compete in - such as soccer and lacrosse - see high incidences of concussions and brain injuries.

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WNYC News

Is the NFL Concussion Settlement a Good Deal?

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

An investigative reporter for ESPN says the NFL settlement is a mixed bag.

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On The Media

The NFL and Player Concussion

Friday, November 29, 2013

Currently, a class-action suit by more than 4,000 former NFL players against the NFL is in the process of being settled. The issue? The players claim the league covered up a link between football and brain damage. Last year, Bob spoke with Mark Waller - the NFL’s Chief Marketing Officer - about public service announcements the league was running last year about head injuries.

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New Tech City

A Sensor that Could Change the Way Kids Play Football

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

First there were pads and helmets. Now, there are blinking lights. The latest technology for protecting football players is a device called Checklight, which measures and displays the force of head impacts players experience when they make a tackle or take a hit.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Monday Afternoon Quarterbacking

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mike Pesca and Josh Levin talk all things sports!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Concussions in the NFL; Kelly Carlin; Norman Rush's New Novel; Elizabeth Smart on Bring Kidnapped and Rescued

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

We’ll talk to the directors of the Frontline documentary about how the NFL has dealt with concussions over the years, and why ESPN is refusing to air it. Kelly Carlin talks about life with her father, the great comedian George Carlin. National Book Award winner Norman Rush discusses his long-awaited novel, Subtle Bodies. Elizabeth Smart explains how she survived being abducted and held captive for 9 months.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Concussions and the NFL

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru discuss their new Frontline documentary “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” which chronicles the claims of thousands of former players who say the National Football League tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players.

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The Takeaway

Was the N.F.L.'s $765 Million Settlement Fair?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Steve Fainaru, senior writer for ESPN has been covering the NFL's battle over concussions extensively.  He’s the co-author of the forthcoming book “League of Denial.”  He breaks down the implications of the leagues $765 million settlement with players.

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The Takeaway

N.F.L. Agrees to $765 Million Settlement in Concussion Lawsuit

Friday, August 30, 2013

The N.F.L. has agreed to a $765 million settlement with 4,500 retired players in a concussion-related lawsuit. It's a symbolic victory for a lot of players and their families who have been personally affected by the consequences of head trauma. Lisa McHale is the widow of Tom McHale, an offensive guard in the N.F.L. from 1987 to 1995 who was diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and passed away in 2008. 

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The Takeaway

Could a Lawsuit Spell the End of the N.F.L.?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The National Football League is at the center of a legal case being brought by 4,000 former football players and their wives. The claim? That the N.F.L. covered up life-altering brain injuries. Paul Barrett is covering the case, and the attorney who's arguing it, for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Protecting Kids from Concussions

Monday, December 24, 2012

Dr. Robert Cantu, chief of neurosurgery and director of the Service of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA and the co-author of Concussions and Our Kids: America's Leading Expert on How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe ,discusses efforts being made to protect children from sports-related head injuries. 

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On The Media

The NFL and Player Concussion

Friday, December 07, 2012

In the past two years, seven former NFL players have killed themselves, and in each case, many argued that depression and dementia brought on by job-related concussions were to blame. The pressure is on the NFL to better protect its players, and the league is defending itself by running public service announcements during games. Bob talks to NFL Chief Marketing Officer Mark Waller about the campaign.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Protecting Kids from Concussions

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dr. Robert Cantu, chief of neurosurgery and director of the Service of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA and the co-author of Concussions and Our Kids: America's Leading Expert on How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Concussions and Sports

Friday, September 21, 2012

For this week’s Please Explain, director Steve James talks about his new film “Head Games,” a revealing documentary about the concussions in American sports, along with former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, author of the book Head Games. It covers eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts and gives first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches, and parents.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sports, Concussions, and Brain Trauma

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

John Branch, New York Times sports reporter and author of the three-part series “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer,” about Derek Boogaard, a professional hockey player; Alan Schwarz, New York Times education reporter and formerly a sports reporter whose coverage of concussions in sports was nominated for a Pulitzer prize; and Dr. Robert Cantu, neurosurgeon and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine, discussing the link between contact sports, concussions, and degenerative brain conditions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Future of Football

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Ben McGrath, staff writer at the New Yorker, talks about what the new science on the severity and regularity of concussions means for the future of football.

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