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A Beginner's Guide to Goalball

Friday, August 31, 2012

Goalball, for blind and visually impaired athletes, is played three on three. The sport was invented in 1946 for blind veterans returning from WWII. U.S. Paralympic athlete Jennifer Armbruster explains the rules of goalball and her team's odds at a second gold medal.

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Exploring the Culture of Disability at the Paralympic Games

Thursday, August 30, 2012

This week the London Paralympic Games have brought increased attention to people with disabilities, built upon the athletes and the artistic community represented in the Cultural Olympiad celebrations. Artistic expression is just one part of the larger narrative of the disability culture, in which the voices of the disabled are outlets of both personal expression, and a farther-reaching means of education.

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The Takeaway

The London Paralympic Games Open with a Bang

Thursday, August 30, 2012

London’s Paralympic Games are on track to be the biggest in history, with 11 days of competition including 4,280 athletes from 165 countries — 17 countries more than the last Paralympics in Beijing.

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The Takeaway

Meet The Superhumans: Directing the Paralympics Commercial

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Paralympics begin in London this Wednesday, and a commercial titled "Meet the Superhumans" is causing a lot of buzz. We meet the writer and director to talk about the 90-second spot and it's impact so far.

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The Takeaway

The 205 National Anthems of The Olympics

Monday, August 13, 2012

There is something slightly different about London's Olympic medal ceremonies: the music. This year, the London Philharmonic recorded all 205 of the world's national anthems. Composer Philip Sheppard and sound engineer Jake Jackson were in charge of the effort.

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The Takeaway

Pressure for Gold Proves Too Much for Some Chinese Olympians

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Is there too much Olympic fever in China? The country leads the Olympic medal count in London, but in the wake of last week's badminton scandal about throwing individual matches, and the country's horrified response to hurdler Liu Xiang's fall today, there's an internal debate going on about whether China is overly-obsessed with gold medals.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mid-Olympics Check-In

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

NPR sports reporter Mike Pesca checks-in from London to talk about this year's Olympic trends, upsets, and the controversial New York Times article on American runner Lolo Jones.

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The Takeaway

Oscar Pistorius Makes Big Strides for Disabled Athletes

Monday, August 06, 2012

Paralympian John Register reacts to Oscar Pistorius's performance and what it means for disabled athletes and for the future of the Paralympics.

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The Takeaway

The Agenda: What the Olympic Games Mean for the Economy

Monday, August 06, 2012

This week's agenda is all about the Olympics, from the moving behind-the-scenes stories from athletes to the short and long term effects on London's economy.

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WQXR Blog

Olympic Athletes Get Static Over Off-Brand Headphones

Friday, August 03, 2012

British Olympic chiefs have clamped down on a bit of guerrilla marketing that saw the country's athletes sporting stylish - but non sponsor-brand - headphones at the games.

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The World's Top Five Cities for Classical Music

Thursday, August 02, 2012

As nations vie for athletic superiority at the London Olympics, the Greater London Authority has created an international measuring stick to assess a location’s cultural merit. See where New York ranks.

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The Takeaway

Olympic Badminton Players Disqualified for Trying to Lose

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Eight Olympic badminton players were disqualified for throwing matches Tuesday evening. What does this mean for the 'Olympic Spirit'? Should we hold athletes at home to the same ethical standards?

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The Takeaway

Eight Badminton Players Disqualified

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Eight Olympic badminton players have been disqualified from the Olympics for trying to lose. The ruling came this morning after three teams "adjusted" to a change in the Olympic rules that provided an incentive for players to lose strategically.

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The Takeaway

Olympic Athletes Protest Social Media Restrictions

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The International Olympics Committee’s "Rule 40" prevents athletes from promoting brands other than the official Olympic sponsors during the days before and during the Games. But some athletes say the new guidelines could hurt their ability to fund their Olympic careers and training.

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The Takeaway

London Olympics Requires Massive Logistical Organization

Monday, July 30, 2012

For the many millions in London this summer, today is perhaps the first real test for the Olympic organizers. How do you move millions around an already busy, old and crowded city on a Monday morning, getting millions to their place of work and ferrying players and spectators to their various venues?

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WQXR Blog

London Symphony, Mr. Bean Star in Olympics Ceremony

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fans of British humor and classical music received a double surprise during Friday's Olympic Opening Ceremony to the 2012 London Olympics.

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Operavore

An Olympian Opera

Friday, July 27, 2012

What's the most popular operatic libretto of all time? It may be L’Olimpiade, which was set by dozens of composers in the 18th century. Blogger Fred Plotkin looks at the Olympic opera.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Your Olympic Event Playlist

Friday, July 27, 2012

We asked you: What should the Olympic theme song be for your favorite event?

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The Takeaway

Olympic Fervor with Paddy O'Connell

Friday, July 27, 2012

John discusses preparations in London, the building excitement, reactions to Mitt Romney's "gaffe," Boris Johnson and more with Paddy O'Connell, host of BBC's Broadcasting House.

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WQXR Features

Olympic Overtures: Classical Music at the Games

Friday, July 27, 2012

Music has played an important part in the modern Olympic games since their founding in 1896. But as far as marriages go, it has been a rocky one at times.

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