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Olympics 2012

The Takeaway

Setting Rivalries Aside for National Unity

Friday, July 27, 2012

The summer Olympics are often characterized as a celebration of unity. But what happens when fierce rivals must work together to advance national team interests?

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The Takeaway

Ambassador Louis Susman on Olympic Diplomatic Challenges

Friday, July 27, 2012

The U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Louis Susman talks about the mood in London, if the Games are a worthwhile investment, and the arrival of the First Lady and Mitt Romney in the city.

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The Takeaway

Follow Friday: Aurora, Romney in London and the Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

For this week's Follow Friday, we look back on this week's news and cultural stories, including the response to the theater shooting in Aurora, Mitt Romney's foreign policy, President Obama in New Orleans and the beginning of the Olympics.

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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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On The Media

Covering the Olympics Outside the Games

Friday, July 27, 2012

Some 29,000 reporters and their staffs have descended on London for the Olympic Games, but according to the International Olympic Committee, about one quarter of them are not accredited to actually cover the games.  These are left to report on any number of local stories, which can be a chilling prospect for civic leaders. Christopher Werth reports on the attempt by Olympic host cities to try to shape the coverage produced by the staggering number of unaccredited journalists.

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On The Media

Branding Police at the Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

The London Olympics will feature some of the strictest rules yet for protecting the Games’ corporate sponsors. And organizers will have people to monitor and enforce those rules—both on the ground and online. Brooke speaks to The Guardian's Esther Addley about the unprecedented steps being taken to protect the Olympics' corporate sponsors.

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The Takeaway

Carrying the Olympic Torch

Friday, July 27, 2012

Oscar Pistorius, the lightning-fast South African sprinter, isn't the only blade runner in the Olympics. Journalist and torch bearer Stuart Hughes, who lost his right leg, carried the Olympic torch through West London wearing his carbon fiber blade prosthesis.

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The Takeaway

Countdown to the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Friday, July 27, 2012

The London Olympics Opening Ceremonies is called 'Isles of Wonder' and draws inspiration from Shakespeare's The Tempest and is expected to be watched by a global audience of one billion.

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On The Media

What You Hear When You Watch The Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

On Atlantic.com this week Alexis Madrigal described watching sports without sound as "eating an orange when you have a stuffy nose." But how do the TV sports producers actually mic the games? Brooke speaks with Peregrine Andrews who produced a documentary called "The Sound of Sport" which details the extreme lengths sound engineers go to to make sports sound like sports.

Here's Peregrine's great blog post about his doc.

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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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The Takeaway

Audio Essay: Opening the Olympics Over the Years

Friday, July 27, 2012

In the global television era, the Olympics opening ceremonies have evolved into a genre like no other: Part opera, part Disney, part Superbowl halftime show, part air show, and part fashion show.

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The Takeaway

World Peace Might Be Too Heavy for Olympians to Carry

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Olympic Games has always meant more than just athletic battles of the world's greatest and strongest. The Games often become a forum for political protest, for social change. Is that too much to ask of the Games?

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WNYC News

Olympics 2012: Track Team NYC

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Keep up with the latest on Team NYC with our Olympic tracker. WNYC is tracking tri-state athletes. See what local athletes are competing today, what medals they've earned and for which ones they are still contending.

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The Takeaway

Audio Essay: Inverse Proportions of an Olympic Legacy

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bob Costas won’t tell you, but watching the Olympics on NBC this year cost the network more than a billion dollars, a price tag that nearly covers the security bill for the 2012 Games. With a projected cost of around $17 billion, is hosting the Olympics worth it?

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WNYC News

Olympic Sponsorship 101: How a NY Yogurt Maker Signed an LA Hurdler

Monday, July 23, 2012

Thousands of athletes from around the world will soon converge on the Olympic Games. And it’s not just gold they’re after, but green. Sponsorships will earn swimmer Ryan Lochte almost $2 million this year, according to an estimate from Forbes. And even athletes who aren’t yet superstars have a chance to pick up some cash.

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WNYC News

Meet Team USA's Women Boxers

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Women’s World Boxing Championship, which will determine which women box for gold in the London Olympics this summer, kicked off Friday with a high stakes draw in Qinhuangdao, China. Here's a preview of what to expect, plus a look at Team USA's top contenders. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Prosthetics at the Olympics

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Alena Grabowski, a researcher at the University of Colorado and the Department of Veterans Affairs, talks about the South African runner Oscar Pistorius (the Blade Runner), who will be competing in the Olympics using prosthetic legs—and what his participation means for the Olympics, sports and prosthetics.

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The Takeaway

What Will Be the State of Security at the London Olympics?

Monday, July 16, 2012

With only 11 days until the Olympic Games opens in London, thousands of athletes and officials are pouring into the British capital. But there are some serious concerns about security preparations for the Games.

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WNYC News

Olympic Team Made in the USA, but Not the Uniforms (at Least in 2012)

Friday, July 13, 2012

The U.S. Olympic Committee and designer Ralph Lauren have agreed that Team USA’s outfits for the opening and closing ceremonies will be made in America for the 2014 Winter Games.

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WNYC News

LISTEN | Go For It: Life Lessons From Girl Boxers

Thursday, July 12, 2012

If you box, by definition, you’re a risk-taker. If you’re a girl and you box, you’re a risk-taker and a rule-breaker. If you’re a girl and you box and your aim is to be the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing – that's going for it.

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