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WNYC News

Getting in Shape for Free

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fencing in Bryant Park in Manhattan, Zumba at Poe Park in The Bronx and meditation at the Conference House Park in Staten Island are some of the classes available this spring.  

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s the “Best” Exercise? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Work Out Till You Puke?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Between Crossfit, P90X and the Tough Mudder races, extreme work outs (that sometimes cause participants to vomit or otherwise injure themselves) are growing in popularity. Julie Beck, senior associate health editor at The Atlantic, and Gretchen Reynolds, author of the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times Well blog, explore the motivations behind this form of exercise and wonder if it's even healthy.

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The Takeaway

Designing Outdoor Play With Creativity in Mind

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Playgrounds are much safer and calmer in today's age of concerned parents and lawsuit-fearing school districts, and when kids want to play outside their options are sometimes limited. Architect David Rockwell weighs in on the future of playgrounds. 

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The Takeaway

The Cult Following & Tribalism of CrossFit

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In 2005, there were only 13 CrossFit gyms across the country. Today, there are more than 9,000. But CrossFit is not just a fitness trend, it’s a philosophy too. What's behind this fitness craze?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Exercise Is Good for Your Brain

Friday, May 09, 2014

A new study shows that the more exercise you do at 25, the healthier your brain tends to be when you reach middle age.

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s the “Best” Exercise?

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.

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Soundcheck

M.I.A. On 'Matangi;' Music That Makes You Sweat; Yonder Mountain String Band

Monday, November 04, 2013

In this episode: Rapper M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy: she once performed at the Grammys while nine months pregnant; she raised her middle finger at the Super Bowl; and she threatened to leak her latest album after arguments with the record label. M.I.A. discusses her long-delayed, eagerly-anticipated album Matangi.

Then, a new study shows that making music while working out can be beneficial. 

And, Colorado-based bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band performs in the Soundcheck studio.

The Truth

Keep Running

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Running from Wisconsin to Indiana: 80 miles, 12 hours, 1 day. Performed by Peter McNernery, with Elana Fishbein, Louis Kornfeld, Julia Hynes, and Teddy Shivers. Based on an interview with Brian Foy. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Design Can Change Your Health

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg is promoting a plan that encourages building designers to promote physical activity, like taking the stairs. Roger Duffy, partner at the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, discusses what constitutes "active architecture" and how it can make a difference in peoples' lives.

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WNYC News

Veterans' Swimming Program Helps With Physical, Mental Barriers

Thursday, June 06, 2013

“When you feel yourself getting stronger physically, you feel stronger mentally. You feel empowered, you don’t feel like a victim, now you feel like a victor.”

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WQXR Features

Bach Yoga

Monday, March 18, 2013

J.S. Bach's fugues, chorales and counterpoint can provide the perfect accompaniment to that next lotus, warrior or upward facing dog pose. Here is a selection of yoga studios offering WQXR's Bach playlist this month.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: How to Exercise Smarter

Friday, January 25, 2013

Gretchen Reynolds, writer of the New York Times Phys Ed column and author of The First 20 Minutes, answers questions and debunks myths about exercise.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jazzed Up

Friday, January 25, 2013

New York Times food columnist and cookbook writer Melissa Clark shares ideas for stocks and soups! We’ll mark four decades of jazz at LaGuardia High School, home to the nation’s first fully accredited jazz education program, started by Justin DiCioccio. Also joining us is one of its most famous alums: Jimmy Owens. Curator Rebecca Rabinow talks about the exhibition “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And this week’s Please Explain is all about exercise—and how to get the most out of your workout!

The Brian Lehrer Show

Exercise Science

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Gretchen Reynolds writes the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times and is the author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer. She joins us to discuss what science is proving and disproving when it comes to exercise. 

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Schoolbook

No Room to Play

Thursday, May 31, 2012

At P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 54 percent of students are overweight or obese and P.E. classes are a weekly activity. Limited space means that only half of the students at the school can participate in P.E. classes each year. What does the school do to meet its students' health and exercise needs? A Columbia journalism school student examines the issues in an article and multimedia report.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exercise Science

Friday, April 27, 2012

Gretchen Reynolds writes the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times and is the author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer. She joins us to discuss what science is proving and disproving when it comes to exercise. 

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The Truth

Everybody SCREAM!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spin class gets personal. Performed by Chet Siegel, Emily Tarver, and Ed Herbstman. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell, written by Chet Siegel & The Truth.

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Schoolbook

A Swinging Time at P.S. 75

Friday, December 02, 2011

Music was thumping and ropes were whizzing across the gymnasium of Public School 75 Emily Dickinson on Friday morning, where champion double dutch jump-rope teams from Japan performed to honor the school’s latest health and exercise initiatives.

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