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The Brian Lehrer Show

Imagining an NYC Olympics

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

NYC lost out to London for the 2012 games. WNYC reporter Fred Mogul and Newsday presenter on the BBC World Service Nuala McGovern discuss what the city missed, and imagine the games taking place in NYC.

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The Takeaway

London's Temporary Olympic Stadium, Built for Change

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

When London was preparing for the Olympics amidst the global recession, London’s Olympic Committee wanted a new kind of facility, an arena that could be completely transformed after the Games. And that was the challenge facing architect Rod Sheard, when his firm, Populous, was commissioned to design a 'temporary' Olympic stadium.

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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

The New Gymnastics Dream Team?

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

It looks like the United States has its first gymnastics dream team since the “Magnificent Seven” in 1996. Dominique Moceano, the youngest member of the “Magnificent Seven” shares her thoughts on this year’s team, and takes a closer look at this year’s highlights. 

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WNYC News

BOUT by BOUT | Track Women Boxers in London

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

You've heard our stories, seen our photographs and gotten to know and love Team USA's women boxers: Claressa Shields, Quanitta "Queen" Underwood and Marlen Esparza. Now you want to follow their progress in London, right?

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WNYC News

Lessons NBC Should Learn From Wall Street

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

As the Olympics moves toward the end of its first week, NBC's been reporting record television ratings. But Tuesday night, those ratings slipped. That might have been a result of the poor showing by the US men's gymnastics team. Or it might have something to do with how NBC is covering the games. 

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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

Sink or Swim: Everyday Americans Trying to Learn This Olympic Sport

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

As the U.S. swim team continues to bring home Olympic medals, we’ve been looking at the more realistic side of swimming in America. After we spoke to Dr. Carol Irwin, author of a study that found 70 percent of African American children are unable to swim, we asked for your stories about the challenge of learning to swim.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Much Money Do Olympic Athletes Make?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, who covers the business of sports, discusses how much of the big money at the Olympic Games goes to the actual athletes.

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Nadia Sirota

Amazing Physical and Mental Feats

Monday, July 30, 2012

Over the past few days, my obsessive Olympics-watching has been mostly gymnastics-focused. Watching these young human people execute the virtually impossible in an extremely high-pressure situation is RIVETING. I think there's DEFINITELY some element of this in our love of virtuosi. 

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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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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Olympic Spirit

Saturday, July 28, 2012

In honor of the upcoming Olympic competitions, what better racing music is there than Rossini’s William Tell Overture? This piece has been used in many cartoons, here are a few to pump up your Olympics spirit.

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WNYC News

Olympics 2012: NYC Athletes Challenge Racial Norms

Saturday, July 28, 2012

In the U.S., the Olympic sports of swimming and gymnastics are dominated by white athletes. But in London on Saturday, two New York City teenagers will challenge that notion. Lia Neal, 17, is a half-black half-Chinese athlete from Fort Greene, Brooklyn who will race in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle. And John Orozco, 19, a Puerto Rican from Harding Park in the Bronx will show what he’s got inside the gymnastics arena.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: How Immigrants Are Watching the Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

From Indian air rifle champs to Hungarian water polo domination, immigrants in NYC are rooting for their home country athletes. We're joined by:

  • Roopa Unnikrishnan, Indian New Yorker and air rifle gold medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth games, to discuss Abhinav Bindra, a shooter from India who is a favorite at the London games
  • Peter Felvegi, Hungarian New Yorker, water polo player and coach, to discuss Hungary's top-ranked water polo team.

Are you an immigrant New Yorker following an athlete from your home country? Give us a call at 212-433-9692 or post here!

→ More Olympics Coverage from WNYC: Revisit Our Olympic Hopefuls | Local Athlete Tracker | NYC 2012: What Could Have Been

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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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WNYC News

NYC-2012: The Legacy of Losing the Olympics to London

Friday, July 27, 2012

Seven years ago, London defeated New York City’s bid to host the XXX Summer Olympiad. But what if the Big Apple had won? What would the games have looked like, and what would their legacy be? 

See a map of what New York City would have looked like if it won the Olympic bid.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Catch Up With NYC-Area Olympians

Friday, July 27, 2012

In March, the Brian Lehrer Show spoke to several NYC-area Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls as they competed for spots on Team USA. Catch up with them below as they prepare to take the world’s stage in London, and find out when you can watch them contend for the gold. And be sure to check out WNYC's full-blown Olympics tracker here.

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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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