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The Toughest Teen in the World

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Claressa Shields is one of the highest ranked fighters in the world. At the age of 17 she became the first American to win gold in Olympic Women's Boxing. To date, she has more than fifty victories and only one loss. So what's it like to be one of the toughest teen fighters in the world? Charles Monroe-Kane called Claressa to find out.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Drug Addiction Among Mormons, A Rising Hip-Hop Star, and College Rejection

Monday, March 30, 2015

Today's Takeaways: Drug Addiction Among Mormons, A Rising Hip-Hop Star, and College Rejection

The Brian Lehrer Show

Can a Host Country Make Money on the Olympics or World Cup?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The economist Andrew Zimbalist looks at the billions of dollars countries like China & Brazil have spent hosting world sports competitions, and who pays, and who profits.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Al Michaels Looks Back

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Legendary sports broadcaster (and local guy) Al Michaels looks back in his new book on the legendary games he's called and the legends he's worked with.

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99% Invisible

127- The Sound of Sports

Monday, August 11, 2014

Way back in October 2011 (see episode #38, true believers!), we broadcast a short excerpt of a radio documentary produced by Peregrine Andrews about faking the sounds of sports on TV broadcasts. It was one of our most popular and provocative programs e...

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BackStory

Ping-Pong Diplomacy

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the American History Guys

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The Takeaway

How the World Cup is Transforming Brazil

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dave Zirin's new book "Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy" examines how the World Cup has transformed Rio de Janiero.

 

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The Takeaway

A Peek at the Final Weekend of the Olympics

Friday, February 21, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics is wrapping up, but there's still plenty of excitement to be had. From the men's ice hockey final to the four-man bobsleigh race, the final weekend of the Winter Games is upon us and there are some real surprises and spectacular events to watch. Mary Pilon, sports reporter for our partner The New York Times, has been reporting from Sochi and fills us in on the home stretch of the Winter Olympics. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Exactly Do You Fund an Olympic Dream?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Funding your Olympic dream is not easy. Bobsledder Jamie Gruebel tried to crowd-fund $13,000 for Sochi, but ended up raising only $3,000. The Brian Lehrer Show breaks down how the vast majority of the athletes pay for their training -- from $6,000 skates to thousands of dollars in nutritional supplements.

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The Takeaway

The Most Memorable Olympic Heroes of All Time

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Back during the time of the ancient Greeks, the word "hero" was used in a very different way. For the ancient Greeks, it didn’t just describe someone who was victorious or noble. It also described people who stood out for unexpected acts—sometimes problematic ones too. Even today, what’s heroic at the Olympics isn’t sheer mettle or technique. David Wallechinsky, president of the International Society of Olympic Historians, has seen more than a few Olympic heroes in his years of watching the games.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | February 20, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Since the foreclosure crisis, a growing number of specialty firms known as servicers have emerged...Could student loan debt be having adverse affects on the housing market? Housing experts say that fewer young people are buying homes and even for those who are trying, they are having a hard time getting loans...The men's hockey semifinals begin this weekend in Sochi, and the United States will face off against Canada, Sweden and Finland. As the world’s greatest players take to the ice, what chance does the U.S. stand?

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Soundcheck

The Fascinating History of Olympic Music

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Did you know that the Olympics used to have an arts competition? Or that iconic intro music we hear on tv is actually two seperate pieces? We talk with a self-proclaimed 'Olympic geek' about the long and storied background on the music of the games.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | February 19, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Also on Today's Show: A new report out by the Congressional Budget Office shows that increasing the federal minimum wage would mean an increase in family income but also the elimination of some low-wage jobs...The top five in the world sounds pretty impressive everywhere from academics, to wealth or life expectancy. It's impressive everywhere except the Olympics. What is it like for an Olympic athlete to finish in fourth place?

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WNYC News

Olympics Get Mixed Reviews From New York’s Russians

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In Brighton Beach, televisions are tuned to Sochi. But loyalties are torn between the old country and the new. And opinions are divided about what the games say about Russia today.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | February 18, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of three U.S. consular officials whom he accused of conspiracy and meeting students involved in anti-government protests. In a speech broadcast on national TV, President Maduro warned that there would be a more armed response...Yesterday at the Sochi Olympics, Meryl Davis and Charlie White won America's first ever gold medal in ice dancing. The Takeaway explains why America fell off the map in ice dancing. 

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On The Media

Bridgegate, Inside the TSA, Japan's Beethoven's Fall from Grace, and More

Friday, February 14, 2014

A look at Chris Christie's struggle to control his own narrative, an inside look into the TSA, and a musical scandal at the Olympics.

Studio 360

St. Vincent’s Art Pop & Meditating on Middlemarch

Friday, February 14, 2014

The powerhouse guitarist Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, calls her music a cross between pop and “lunatic fringe.” She tells Kurt Andersen how David Byrne and metal heroes Pantera inspired her new album. The author Rebecca Mead makes the case for George Eliot's Middlemarch as the greatest novel ...

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Studio 360

Skating in Sochi: Music Gets Low Scores

Friday, February 14, 2014

As the Olympic figure skaters in Sochi push the boundaries of what’s physically possible on ice, the music they use in competition remains stuck in a deep rut: a narrow band of Romantic chestnuts, with the occasional John Williams score and orchestrated rock medley ...

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The Sochi Winter Olympics and the image of modern Russia

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Sochi Winter Olympics and the image of modern Russia

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On The Media

"Winter Chill" for Russian Media

Friday, February 07, 2014

As the global spotlight fixes on Sochi this weekend, the Russian government is crushing dissent...and there’s a lot of it. As the Committee to Protect Journalists notes in a new report, people there have suffered long-lasting power outages, environmental damage, evictions, corruption, and widespread violation of labor laws. But local news organizations are silent on these issues, instead functioning as public relations agencies for the government. Brooke talks with Nina Ognianova about the stories that aren't being told in the Russian media. 

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