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Everyday Toxins and Willie Randolph on His Life in New York Baseball

Friday, May 16, 2014

We start today’s show with a Please Explain look at the chemicals we come in contact with every day, how they affect our bodies and our health, and how to limit our exposure to toxins. Then Willie Randolph tells us about his years with the Yankees—first as a player, then as a coach—and his time managing the Mets.

Morning Edition

The Olympics: A Modern Day World's Fair (And Money Magnet)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

World's Fairs still exist, but just two cities bid to host the 2017 Expo. In contrast, seven U.S. cities are vying for the 2024 Olympics, and the games just signed a $7.75 billion deal with NBC.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Amazonian Pop

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Soundcheck begins an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Marlon Bishop, editor of a new book about Brazilian music, about a resurgence of pop music from Brazil's northern state of Pará.

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Morning Edition

Time Warner, DirecTV Squabble Over Dodgers TV Network

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Dodgers launched a network to carry their games. But a dispute over broadcast fees and whether the network should be offered ala carte has kept it dark in 70 percent of the Los Angeles market.

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Donald Sterling Says He Isn't A Racist. Is Anyone?

Monday, May 12, 2014

The owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, who is in trouble for comments he made about black people, told CNN that he's not a racist. Who, if anyone, might qualify?

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All Things Considered

After Draft Pick, Sam Poised To Become NFL's First Openly Gay Player

Monday, May 12, 2014

Former University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams, making Sam the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. Cyd Zeigler, the co-founder of OutSports, explains more.

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All Things Considered

Apology, Defense And Defiance: The Sterlings Speak Out

Monday, May 12, 2014

Banned Los Angeles Clippers owners Donald Sterling and his wife, Shelly, have conducted separate television interviews. Donald told CNN that he's not a racist and that he's sorry if he has offended anyone; Shelly told ABC that she will fight to keep her 50 percent stake in the team.

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'I Was Baited,' Donald Sterling Tells CNN In (Mostly) Apologetic Interview

Monday, May 12, 2014

"I mean, that's not the way I talk," Clippers owner Donald Sterling tells CNN. He also said he doesn't see Magic Johnson as "a good example for the children of Los Angeles."

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PRI's The World

How a Dutch coach and a transgender defender turned things around for American Samoa's soccer team

Monday, May 12, 2014

The documentary film "Next Goal Wins" tells the story of the soccer team from American Samoa. The team went through a decades-long losing streak but managed to turn things around thanks to a Dutch coach and a transgender defender.

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WATCH: Michael Sam, Boyfriend React To Draft Pick

Sunday, May 11, 2014

After Sam was drafted by the Rams, he celebrated by kissing his boyfriend. Sam will become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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Stress-Free Golf, With Holes The Size Of A Pizza

Sunday, May 11, 2014

There's a new game in town called "big-hole" golf. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to golf columnist John Paul Newport about golf courses increasing the size of the hole from 4 to 15 inches.

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Rams Pick Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted In NFL

Saturday, May 10, 2014

In the seventh round of the NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams have picked Michael Sam, paving the way for him to be the first openly gay player in the league.

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All Things Considered

Athletes Chased By Technology In The Sport Of Anti-Doping

Saturday, May 10, 2014

As testing for doping in sports becomes more sophisticated, so do the drugs. Looking at the recent history of cycling can make you wonder how many cheaters continue to slip by undetected.

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All Things Considered

Coffee And Cups: 2 Stories Of High Stakes And High Prices

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Paying $15 for a cup of coffee may sound alarming. Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath why some think it can be worth it. They also discuss a rising star on Portugal's soccer team.

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All Things Considered

Youth Football Clinics Try A New Angle To Prevent Concussions

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Heads Up Football is leading hundreds of training sessions across the country to teach kids a safer stance to avoid head injury. But in the heat of the game, will they forget and hit headfirst?

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Michael Sam Waiting For An Invite In NFL Draft Spectacle

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The spectacle of the NFL draft round enters its third day. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Tom Goldman about meritocracy, race and politics in sports.

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All Things Considered

Heisman Winner Slides In NFL Draft, Caught By Cleveland

Friday, May 09, 2014

The NFL draft opened Thursday night, and as sportswriter Stefan Fatsis notes, it wasn't short on drama. The most talked-about draftee, quarterback Johnny Manziel, slid to the 22nd pick. Stretched across the whole weekend, the draft has become all but ubiquitous.

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All Things Considered

Spain Fines Team Of Racist, Banana-Throwing Fan, But Is It Enough?

Friday, May 09, 2014

Soccer, Spain's national pastime, has been tainted by racism. After two recent ugly incidents, debate is raging over how to punish racist fans, and if the teams they love should be held responsible.

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NBA Picks Dick Parsons As Interim CEO Of Los Angeles Clippers

Friday, May 09, 2014

Parsons previously served as CEO of Time Warner. The appointment comes in the wake of the scandal surrounding racist comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whom the league banned for life.

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Long After Lewinsky Scandal, Time To 'Bury The Blue Dress'?

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Barbershop guys weigh in on the NFL draft, Kevin Durant's MVP speech, and why Monica Lewinsky has resurfaced in the news.

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