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The Takeaway

American Archer Wins Paralympic Gold, Ending 16 Year Drought

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The United States' 16 year drought of gold at the Paralympics ended with wheelchair-bound archer Jeff Fabry. John Hockenberry spoke with Fabry before his win about how his success rides on a dog leash and his teeth.

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The Takeaway

A Reflection on the Transforming Power of the Paralympics for Athletes and Others with Disabilities

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The Paralympic Games offer an extraordinary opportunity for us to watch atheletes with disabilities use their bodies and athletic equipment in incredible ways to overcome amazing challenges. As spectators, there are the carbon-fiber prosthetics to marvel over, and the rugby players who use their wheelchairs like hotshot speedcarts.  

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The Takeaway

The Olympics Mark New Frontier in the Future of Network Broadcasting

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bob Garfield talks about how the digital revolution is changing our collective experience of the viewing of the Olympics, and how it might give a sense of the future of network broadcasting.

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The Takeaway

How Does an Olympian Adjust to Retirement?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gymnast Dominique Moceanu was the youngest member of the “Magnificent Seven” from Atlanta 1996. Since her retirement before the 2000 games in Sydney, Moceanu has coached, studied, got married, and had two children.

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The Takeaway

Olympics Recap, Paralympics, and Rio 2016

Monday, August 13, 2012

The closing ceremony for the Olympics was last night, but the Paralympics are still to come. They begin in London on August 29 and continue until September 9. All the while, Rio De Janeiro is preparing to host the Olympics in 2016.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 'Chariots of Fur'

Saturday, August 11, 2012

For this Saturday’s cartoon we celebrate the end of the 2012 Olympics with "Chariots of Fur," a 1994 Looney Tunes cartoon that features Bedrich Smetana’s "Dance of the Comedians".

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WNYC News

Red Hook Track Coach Enjoys Olympic Success

Friday, August 10, 2012

Brooklyn-based track and field coach Trevor Green has produced his first Olympic medalist after 20 years of coaching.

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WNYC News

Medal-Winning NYC Athlete Returns Home to Cheers

Friday, August 10, 2012

Olympic Bronze-medalist Lia Neal received a hero’s welcome at the Upper East Side pool where she trains. The 17-year-old Brooklyn resident was part of a medal winning relay team that competed in London.

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The Takeaway

Follow Friday: Shooting at Sikh Temple, Romney's VP Pick, and the London Olympics

Friday, August 10, 2012

Every Friday, a panel of experts discuss and reflect on the week's top stories. This week, Farai Chideya reflects on the week in politics; documentary filmmaker Valarie Kaur follows the aftermath of the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and BBC Correspondent Rob Broomby wraps up the second week of the Olympics.

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WNYC News

Claressa Shields, 17, Wins Olympic Gold in Women’s Boxing

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Claressa Shields of Flint, Mich., made history on Thursday when she won Olympic gold in the boxing ring. She beat Russia's Nadezda Torlopova for the top spot on the podium in the Women’s Middleweight final.

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Operavore

The Top 10 Operas Set in England

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

As the Olympics will soon draw to a close, Olivia Giovetti lingers in England (metaphorically speaking) to count down the top ten operas set in the country of Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and James Bond.

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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 Takeaway

Bolt Earns Gold on the Eve of Jamaica's 50th Anniversary

Monday, August 06, 2012

Jamaican pride is spreading faster than, well, a 100-meter dash. On Sunday the world watched as Jamaican-born sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake competed for gold and the title of fastest man in the world. Today also marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence.

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New Jersey News

NJ Judo Fighter Crushed By Olympic Suspension

Monday, August 06, 2012

A 23-year-old judo fighter from New Jersey who was disqualified from the Olympics for pot use was distraught over his suspension, his mother told WNYC.

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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 Takeaway

Friday Follow: Olympics, Romney's Trip Abroad, and New Job Numbers

Friday, August 03, 2012

This week's Follow Friday includes a look back at the first week of the 2012 London Olympics, the responses to Romney's recent trip to Israel, the financial firm trading glitch, and the July job numbers. 

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The Takeaway

Saudi Arabian Refuses to Allow Women to Compete in Olympics Without Hijab

Friday, August 03, 2012

Two women from Saudi Arabia are representing their country in Judo and the 800-meter sprint, but the Saudi government will only allow them to compete if they wear the Hijab. The women also have to obtain permission from their male partners to compete.

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The Takeaway

From Fletching to Nutmeg: The Strange Language of the Olympic Games

Friday, August 03, 2012

Can you define the word “fletching”? Do you know what the branches are called in the ancient Olympians’ crowns? And for that matter, did you even know what dressage was before Anne Romney’s horse began competing in it?

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New Jersey News

Soni and Phelps Win Gold Medals

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Rebecca Soni of Plainsboro, New Jersey, has won a gold medal in the Women's 200m breaststroke at the Olympics on Thursday, and set another world record in the process. Michael Phelps won a gold in the men's 200m individual medley, upping his career record medal haul to a record 20.

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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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