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Fullback Fugue: Pianist Tackles Football Themes in New Video

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A musician named Ansel Wallenfang has created "Fantasy Football & Fugue," a video featuring a fugue built of NFL themes from the four networks that broadcast pro football games.

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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

Kerry: "High Confidence" Syria Used Chemical Weapons | N.F.L. Agrees to $765 Million Settlement in Concussion Lawsuit | The Dreams of the Undocumented Community

Friday, August 30, 2013

New Snowden Leak Reveals Secret "Black Budget" for U.S. Intelligence | As U.S. Considers a Syria Response, Echoes of Iraq Reverberate | New Movie Releases of The Week: Our Nixon, Closed Circuit, One Direction: This Is Us | "Our Nixon" Documentary Gives Inside Look at 37th President | N.F.L. Agrees ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

Back to School Football

Monday, August 26, 2013

The recent death of a high school football player draws renewed attention to the inherent danger of the sport. William C. RhodenNew York Times sportswriter, columnist and author, talks about risks and how schools and colleges are responding.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chancellor Walcott on Test Scores; Public Advocate Candidates; Back-to-School Football

Monday, August 26, 2013

Schools chancellor Dennis Walcott discusses this year's lower standardized test scores and takes your calls. Plus: Public advocate candidates Cathy Guerriero, Letitia James, Reshma Saujani and Daniel Squadron each make their case; and The New York Times sports columnist William Rhoden discusses whether or not football is too dangerous for high school.

Soundcheck

Players On Players: Songwriter Erin McKeown Meets NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

In a new experiment straight from the Soundcheck test kitchen, Players On Players pairs a musician with an athlete to explore the intersection of music and sports. In this installment, songwriter Erin McKeown talks with ex-football player and current NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth.

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Players On Players: Songwriter Erin McKeown Meets Football Player Wade Davis

Monday, August 19, 2013

In a new experiment straight from the Soundcheck test kitchen, Players On Players pairs a musician with an athlete to explore the intersection of music and sports. In this initial segment, songwriter Erin McKeown talks with football player Wade Davis.

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The Takeaway

Renewed Call to Change Redskins Mascot Raises Questions About Global Brands

Friday, July 05, 2013

A call for the Washington Redskins to change their name is picking up steam again in Washington with the announcement last month that 10 members of Congress spoke out against the franchise’s mascot. But Redskins executives are adamant about maintaining the tradition inherent in their name and mascot, and say it would be incredibly difficult to change. Suzan Shown Harjo is a Native American activist who filed a lawsuit against the team in 1992, which was won and then later overturned. Gabe Feldman is the director of Tulane University’s Sports Law Program.

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WNYC News

Why This Year's NFL Draft Makes us Feel Meh

Thursday, April 25, 2013

“This draft is seen as fairly deep, but not at the top, not really excellent,” said NPR’s Mike Pesca. “There aren’t those franchise quarterbacks.”

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Here's The Thing

Andrew Luck

Monday, March 18, 2013

In 2012, Luck was in his final year at Stanford when he learned he was the top NFL draft pick. He tells Alec, "You try sitting in a lecture after you've been drafted by a team."

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The Takeaway

Steubenville Rape Trial Divides Ohio Community

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A rape case against two high school football players has rocked the town of Steubenville, Ohio, a small community of eighteen-thousand residents in the Ohio River Valley. The case goes to trial today.

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The Takeaway

The Ghosts of Super Bowl Halftime Shows Past

Monday, February 04, 2013

Millions of viewers got to see Beyonce do her thing on the big stage at yesterday’s Super Bowl halftime show last night. But the halftime show wasn’t always a showcase for solo-artists with attitude. Once upon a time, halftime at the Super Bowl meant one thing and one thing alone: Up With People.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: The Future of Football

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Has your opinion of football changed as we find out more and more about the toll the game takes on its players? We take your calls to find out. 

Call in at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below.

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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

Midland Beach, SI; Gun Trafficking; Walking NY

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Staten Island saw the highest death toll from Sandy. Residents and business owners from Midland Beach, Staten Island, discuss the recovery. Parish Manager Bob Dennis talks about the role of St. Margaret Mary Church and Christine Mignone-Morena talks about reopening her dance studio in the community. Then, our January series on guns concludes with a look at trafficking and the Glock in cities; walking the city through different eyes. Plus: President Obama has said that he’d have to think “long and hard” before allowing his kids to play football. Would you?

Studio 360

Hey! Ho! Let's Poe! Remixing NFL Names

Monday, January 28, 2013

I am an English major and a fan of professional football. So for this year’s Super Bowl, it will come as no surprise that I'm rooting for the Baltimore Ravens, the only team in the NFL named for a poem. In the spirit of literature and gridiron, I want to re-name all the NFL franchises. ...

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WNYC News

Super Bowl 2014: NJ v. NYC?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Forget the teams playing in the 2014 Super Bowl, the biggest match-up may be between New Jersey and New York City.

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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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Soundcheck

The People Behind The Music Of 'Free To Be...'

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The conclusion of our three-part series focuses on the music heard on the 40-year-old album.

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The Takeaway

An NFL Football Game in London

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Everyone knows the UK loves their Football. But what about our Football: The American Version? The NFL returns to London this weekend for it's annual showcase game, and we want to find out if there's any real desire for the American version of the game in England.

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