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A Supersilly Super Bowl 'What If ... ?'

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It's getting close to Super Bowl time, so here's a little fantasy. What would happen if a British sports announcer who has no idea how American football works (not a clue) were suddenly thrown on the air and had to do play-by-play for a game between Alabama and Notre Dame? He knows nothing. What would he say?

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Soundcheck

A Behind The Scenes Look At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

Thursday, January 16, 2014

We speak with Ricky Kirshner, executive producer of the Superbowl halftime show since 2007, about the inner workings of such a massive event. Then, Amos Barshad, pop culture editor for Grantland, runs down Superbowl halftime history.

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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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Soundcheck

Loud and Proud (And Dangerous?): The Battle Over Decibels In The NFL

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs fans and Seattle Seahawks fans are vying for the title of being the loudest football stadiums. But is louder really better? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Year with the NY Jets; Soprano Martina Serafin; Russia in America; Child Labor in Tobacco Fields

Monday, December 02, 2013

Nicholas Dawidoff describes spending a year with the New York Jets. Soprano Martina Serafin on playing the role of the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Metropolitan Opera. We’ll take a look at Russia’s furthest outposts in the early 19th century, which were in California and Hawaii. Plus, details about the surprising instances of child labor in tobacco fields here in America.

WNYC News

Will the Super Bowl Allow New Jersey to Recoup Money Spent on MetLife Stadium?

Friday, November 29, 2013

The New York Giants and the New York Jets are reaping the benefits of MetLife Stadium, but at what cost to the taxpayers of New Jersey?

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On The Media

Inside NFL Football, The Journalist Behind Jackie Robinson, and More

Friday, November 29, 2013

The men behind the games you see on Sundays, the journalist who played a crucial role in breaking baseball's color barrier,  and a loquacious former NBA star.

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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On The Media

Game Time

Friday, November 29, 2013

The typical televised football game lasts about three hours. But according to a study by The Wall Street Journal, only 11 minutes of that time is actually devoted to live play. Bob Fishman is a game director for CBS Sports, the person who decides what home viewers see and when they see it. In an interview that originally aired in 2010, Fishman explains to Bob how he spends the other two hours and 49 minutes of a broadcast.

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On The Media

Stats Man

Friday, November 29, 2013

If an NFL announcer sounds like an omniscient know-er of all things football, it's because they've got a stats man in the booth feeding them info. 75-year-old Marty Aronoff is one of the best stats men in the business. Bob talks with Aronoff about stats and his 200 travel days a year getting to games. 

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The Takeaway

New Indictments Reopen Old Wounds in Steubenville

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In August 2012, a 16-year-old girl from a town in West Virginia, just across the Ohio River, accused two sophomore starters on the Steubenville High School football team of rape. A judge declared the two underage boys delinquent of rape, the juvenile guilty charge, last March. The investigation didn't end there. This week, a special grand jury handed down four adult indictments related to the case,  for the school superintendent, a former volunteer assistant football coach and two teachers. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine discusses the charges, and examines the fallout in Steubenville, where he announced the indictments earlier this week.

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New Tech City

These Games Could Be Good for Young Brains

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Games have power, so this week, we play a few that can motivate kids to learn more, whether they realize it or not. And we see how a test case of a new technology for football might help keep young heads safer (and smarter) from injury.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

NFL, Bullying, Male Bonding, and More

Friday, November 08, 2013

The story of Richie Incognito and his NFL teammate Jonathan Martin touches on bullying, race, class, and football culture. Josh Levin, Slate's executive editor and host of the sports podcast "Hang up and Listen", and Emily Bazelon, Slate writer and author of Sticks and Stones, discuss the latest.

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On The Media

The Ever Changing NFL Bullying Story

Friday, November 08, 2013

The alleged bullying of Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin by teammate Richie Incognito made headlines this week. Unlike the bullying stories the media usually report on, this case didn't involve teenagers on social media, and the narrative wasn't so clear cut. Brooke speaks with NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca about how the story evolved throughout the week.

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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 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.

New Jersey News

Rutgers Changes a Few Lyrics - New Jersey Takes Notice

Thursday, September 26, 2013

During the Rutgers-Arkansas football game last Saturday, some new lyrics were unveiled for the university's alma mater. The idea was to drag Rutgers into the 21st century and make the words more gender-neutral.


Specifically, "My father sent me to old Rutgers, And resolved that I should be a man..." is now "From far and near we came to Rutgers, And resolved to learn all that we can."

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The Takeaway

The NFL: America's Favorite Nonprofit Entity?

Monday, September 23, 2013

The NFL gives fans around the nation something to cheer about for several months each year. But the NFL doesn’t just give, they also receive—in some cases millions of dollars in subsidies and tax exemptions. Gregg Easterbrook, contributing editor at The Atlantic, investigates the strange financial operations of the NFL in his new book, “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America.”

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