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LOOK | A Year With The Contenders

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Only three boxers made the first ever US Women's Olympic Boxing Team. Many tried. They gave up jobs, quit school, moved across the country to train with top coaches. Sue Jaye Johnson spent the year following their quest to make history. These are some of the photographs she took along the way.

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The Takeaway

What's on Your Playlist for the London Olympics?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Although most of us are not going to win a medal in the 2012 London Olympics, we're all going to be watching as the U.S. competes against the world's greatest. In partnership with our friends at The World at WGBH in Boston, we asked our listeners for suggestions for songs to be added to an Olympic playlist.

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The Takeaway

The Two Faces of London: John Lanchester's "Capital"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

London has had plenty of reasons to celebrate lately. Last April was the Royal Wedding, and just a few weeks ago thousands commemorated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. But behind these posh events, and the billions of dollars in taxes they require, is a struggling citizenry that has been plagued by terrorism, and more recently, widespread rioting.

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The Takeaway

Jackie Joyner Kersee on the Legacy of Title IX

Monday, June 18, 2012

Forty years ago today, Congress passed Title IX. The landmark civil rights law barred gender discrimination in the country’s schools and colleges, but it is perhaps best known for its impact on female participation on women’s high school and college sports.

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The Takeaway

Should the Olympics Champion Gay Rights?

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Olympic Games are intended to be a celebration of athletics with politics set aside. But over the years, the Olympics have served as a political forum as much as they’ve served as an athletic arena. And this year, at least one person is calling on the London Games to continue in this tradition and go political: Mark Stephens calls for the 2012 Olympics to serve as a forum for the promotion of LGBT rights.

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The Takeaway

100 Days to the Paralympic Games

Monday, May 21, 2012

Organizers are starting to talk about something that's never happened before - a sellout for the Paralympic Games. With 100 days to go before the start of the Paralympics in London, the public has a chance to see more than 4,000 elite athletes when the last remaining tickets go on sale today. Eleven-time gold medalist Dame Tanni Grey Thompson has broken over 30 wheelchair world records in track and field. Now retired, she's looking forward to the Paralympics which she insists will leap over a high bar.

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WNYC News

After Early Loss, Boxer Shields May Still Have a Shot at The Olympics

Monday, May 14, 2012

Seventeen-year old U.S. sensation Claressa Shields lost Monday to UK middleweight Savannah Marshall at the Women’s World Championship in Qinhuangdao, China, but there is confusion at the tournament about whether Claressa might still advance to London.

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WNYC News

Women Box: Dispatches From China

Sunday, May 13, 2012

WNYC and Women Box contributor Sarah Deming is tracking all the action at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China. Today: Deming's final post brings us up-to-date on all the American boxers. 

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WNYC News

The Other Six: With Olympics Out of Reach, Dreams Of A World Championship

Friday, May 11, 2012

A chance to box in the 2012 Olympic Games has brought more women than ever before to the seventh Women's World Boxing Championship in Qinhuangdao, China. The tournament's three Olympic weight classes are packed with competitors -- 77 countries have invested time and money in hopes that their female fighters can make it to the Games in London. But some of the most impressive women in Qinhuangdao are not fighting for a spot in London. That includes six members of Team USA, who lost the battle to fight in the Olympics at the US team trials in February. Now, plus or minus a few pounds, they are fighting in the World Championships to show they can't be stopped.

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WNYC News

Which Women Will Box in the Olympics? Not Necessarily the ‘Top Eight’

Friday, May 11, 2012

This month in Qinhuangdao, China, 343 female fighters from 77 countries will fight to make it to the Olympics. So, who goes to London? The math is complicated. And it’s different for fighters from different regions of the globe. Expert Christy Halbert explains.

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CEO of 2012 Olympics Discusses Six Years of Preparation

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

While our host John Hockenberry was in London last week, he met with Paul Deighton, Chief Executive Officer of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The two discussed the planning that has gone into the Games, one of the largest events a city can host. Deighton said the project was one of a kind.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Olympic Hopefuls: Donna Ponessa and Sinead Halpin

Friday, March 09, 2012

Donna Ponessa, para-equestrian based in Millbrook, New York, talks about her hopes to compete in the Paralympic Games in London and Sinead Halpin, equestrian Olympic hopeful and trainer based in Pittstown, New Jersey, talks about her Olympic ambitions. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Olympic Hopefuls: Christina McHale

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Christina McHale, tennis player from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, talks about her efforts to make the U.S. Olympic team.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Olympic Hopefuls: Marcus Browne

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Staten Island light heavyweight boxer Marcus Browne talks about his efforts to make the U.S. Olympic team.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Olympic Hopefuls: Nzingha Prescod

Monday, March 05, 2012

Nzingha Prescod, 2011 fencing junior world champion and Columbia University sophomore, discusses her Olympics aspirations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Olympic Hopefuls: Felicia Lee

Friday, March 02, 2012

Swimmer Felicia Lee talks about following her Olympic dream from Wayne, NJ, to Stanford, and then to London if she makes the team. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Olympic Hopefuls: John Orozco

Thursday, March 01, 2012

John Orozco, Bronx gymnast, talks about his efforts to make the US Olympic team in gymnastics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Olympic Hopefuls: Delilah DiCrescenzo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Delilah DiCrescenzo discusses competing to make the U.S. Olympic team for the women's 3000 meters steeplechase.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Women's Boxing

Friday, February 10, 2012

Boxer Claressa Shields, a 16-year old girl from Flint, Michigan, whose is set on getting to the 2012 Olympics, and her coach, Jason Crutchfield, and and former pro fighter Christy Halbert talk about the sport of boxing and the field of women boxers. They will be appearing at the Greene Space event, “Women Box: Fighting to Make History,” on February 10.

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