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Can A World Series Win Help Boston's Healing?

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Sports commentators linked Boston's victory to the recovery from the Boston Marathon bombing. NPR's Mike Pesca is skeptical. He joins host Rachel Martin to talk about what the Red Sox game did and did not achieve for Boston.

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Five Minutes With First Black Man To Play For The NBA

Saturday, November 02, 2013

This week marks the 63rd anniversary of the day Earl Lloyd took the court for the Washington Capitols. We got him on the phone for a quick chat.

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VIDEO: Idaho Sportscast Is A Homage To Ron Burgundy

Friday, November 01, 2013

Fans of televised sports were treated to a stellar Ron Burgundy performance this Halloween, when the sports director of a Boise TV station put a charge into a Halloween newscast with a spot-on impersonation.

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Radiolab

Cut and Run

Friday, November 01, 2013

Legions of athletes, sports gurus, and scientists have tried to figure out why Kenyans dominate long-distance running. In this short, we stumble across a surprising, and sort of terrifying, explanation.

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Rather Than Bet On Your Favorite NFL Player, Invest

Friday, November 01, 2013

Sports marketing and management firm Fantex has reached a deal with San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis for an initial public stock offering. Fantex is paying Davis $4 million for the rights to 10 percent of his earnings, and the company is also creating a tracking stock linked specifically to the football player's economic performance. Davis is the second player to try this arrangement with Fantex. Sportswriter Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to explain how this is all supposed to work — and why he's dubious.

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An East L.A. Football Rivalry, Unchanged For 79 Years

Friday, November 01, 2013

An East Los Angeles rivalry has become the largest high school football game west of the Mississippi. The football teams of Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School will meet on the gridiron Friday night for the 79th year. The game is expected to draw 20,000 fans.

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How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World's Best Runners

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Kalenjin people dominate the world of long-distance running, and it seems there's no one secret. Their body structure, their training regimen and traditions that teach them to stoically withstand pain all appear to contribute to their incredible success.

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Can We Compare Allen Iverson To Muhammad Ali?

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Boston Red Sox win the World Series and basketball bad boy Allen Iverson officially retires. The Barbershop guys weigh in on sports news and the other big stories of the week.

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Boston Celebrates First World Series Win At Home In 95 Years

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Boston fans celebrated the World Series win Thursday by the Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals. The victory is the first series win for Boston at home in Fenway in 95 years.

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Big Papi, Worst-To-First, 1918: Your World Series Must-Knows

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Boston Red Sox are world champions after beating the St. Louis Cardinals. Here's a cheat sheet about the World Series.

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Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Commentator Frank Deford has some theories about why NASCAR is having trouble expanding its audience.

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Transportation Nation

Super Bowl Organizers Tout Transit Readiness for New Jersey-Hosted Game

Thursday, October 24, 2013

With three months to go, the organizers of the upcoming Super Bowl say they're preparing for the challenges of hosting a big-city event in the depths of winter.

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The Takeaway

1967: The Year that Changed College Football

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In the world of civil rights, 1967 was a historic year. Though slightly more modest, the college football field also made civil rights history in 1967. Samuel Freedman is the author of the new book “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights."

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The Takeaway

St. Louis Vs. Boston: A Tale of Two Cities

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

When it comes to the 2013 World Series, it is really a tale of two cities—St. Louis and Boston. These team stories you may already know if you are a baseball fan, but as St. Louis and Boston gear up to face off in baseball's biggest event, The Takeaway looks past the game to compare the cities themselves. Our mission is to pit the two cities against each other in an effort to hear from passionate fans that are headed into the World Series.

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The Takeaway

Health Care Policy: Past, Present and Future | Caribbean Nations Sue Europe for Slavery Reparations | St. Louis Vs. Boston: A Tale of Two Cities

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Federal Health Care Policy: Past, Present and Future | Diplomatic Rift Grows Between Saudi Arabia and U.S. | Iran: A Look at a Century | St. Louis Vs. Boston: A Tale of Two Cities | Caribbean Nations Sue Europe for Slavery Reparations | 1967: The Year that Changed College Football

The Leonard Lopate Show

Bobby Orr

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bobby Orr, often referred to as the greatest ever to play the game of hockey, discusses his career on the ice, from 1966 through the mid-1970s, and his life afterward. No defenseman had ever played like he did, received so many trophies, or set so many records, several of which still stand today. His memoir  Orr: My Story is about where he came from, what drove him, and what he thinks of the game of hockey today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"The Glass Menagerie" and Hockey's Bobby Orr

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On today’s show: Three members of the cast of the hit Broadway revival of “The Glass Menagerie”—Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Brian J. Smith—talk about the play that catapulted Tennessee Williams to fame. And hockey legend Bobby Orr looks back at his remarkable career, explains how he revolutionized the position of defenseman, and talks about what he thinks of the game today.

WNYC News

Linsanity, on the Silver Screen

Friday, October 04, 2013

"Linsanity" is back in New York, thanks to a new documentary.

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The Takeaway

The NFL: America's Favorite Nonprofit Entity?

Monday, September 23, 2013

The NFL gives fans around the nation something to cheer about for several months each year. But the NFL doesn’t just give, they also receive—in some cases millions of dollars in subsidies and tax exemptions. Gregg Easterbrook, contributing editor at The Atlantic, investigates the strange financial operations of the NFL in his new book, “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America.”

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Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A new PBS documentary looks at King's legacy as both a tennis champion — she has a record 20 Wimbledon titles — and the leader of a female player uprising that demanded fairer treatment and pay. She tells Fresh Air about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league.

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