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Sochi An Olympic Spectacle Even Without The Games

Saturday, February 08, 2014

What a week in Sochi, Russia! NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Olympics correspondent Tamara Keith about the ill-fated opening ceremony, stray dogs and bad hotel rooms, as well as who won the first gold medal.

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Wacky Moments In Winter Olympic History

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The problems with decrepit hotel rooms and stray dogs in Sochi, Russia, are stealing the headlines, but they are hardly the first Olympics to stumble. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Esquire Magazine's AJ Jacobs about some of the more inglorious moments in Winter Olympics history.

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MLB All-Stars And Alex Rodriguez's Ban: The Week In Sports

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Alex Rodriguez has accepted his season-long ban from baseball and dropped his lawsuits against the MLB and the Players Association. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine about one of baseball's greatest and most infamous players.

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First Gold Medal Goes To An American

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Slopestyle snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg has won the first gold medal in the Sochi Olympics, as the American women's ice hockey team gets off to a good start.

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U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Sage Kotsenburg of the United States won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics on Saturday, soaring to victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final.

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Navigating Kitsch and Controversy At The Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The opening ceremonies in Sochi did little to dispel the controversies around the games, even as they served up some of the usual campy pleasures.

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Olympic Photo Of The Day: Giant Head Edition

Friday, February 07, 2014

Imagery from Russia's recent past – including the hammer and sickle that adorned the flag of the Soviet Union – is seen in the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics Friday.

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Is George Zimmerman On A Road To Perdition?

Friday, February 07, 2014

Rapper DMX is talking about stepping into the boxing ring with George Zimmerman. But the Barbershop guys ask whether it would be better for both men to step out of the spotlight.

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Russia Hopes Sochi Ceremonies Stop 'Toilet Tweeting'

Friday, February 07, 2014

As the Winter Olympic Games get underway in Sochi, host Michel Martin speaks with Russian culture expert Jennifer Eremeeva about what the opening ceremonies can teach us about Russia and its people.

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Love, Faith And Football In An 'Uncommon Marriage'

Friday, February 07, 2014

Tony Dungy was the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. But he places football after matters of faith and family. Dungy and his wife Lauren tell host Michel Martin about their new book, Uncommon Marriage: Learning About Lasting Love and Overcoming Life's Obstacles Together.

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Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: Live Blog

Friday, February 07, 2014

The ceremony at Sochi's Fisht Stadium will reportedly be seen by 3 billion people worldwide. The epic spectacle could wash away many of the concerns and complaints that marked the early days of the games.

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Here's Why You Should Hashtag Your #Olympics2014 Tweets

Friday, February 07, 2014

Inviting people to ignore you is the best and most considerate way to make generous use of hashtags during major and heavily tweeted public events.

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On The Media

Crushing Dissent in Sochi, Banning the R-Word, and More

Friday, February 07, 2014

A look at media dissent in Sochi, scrubbing the R-word from the Washington Redskins, and Game Theory on Jeopardy.

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What's In A Name

Friday, February 07, 2014

Over the past few years, a number of media outlets have made the editorial choice not to publish the word "Redskin" when referring to Washington's professional football team. OTM producer Chris Neary has the story of one Pennsylvania paper that stopped using the word. 

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On The Media

#14 - The Knowledge

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Every year, a small group of sports fans scattered across the US play a game called "Last Man." The goal is to be the last man in America to find out who won the Super Bowl. TLDR Sports reporter Lisa Pollak followed the game this year, and found out just how hard information was to avoid in the internet age.

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In Sochi, An Olympic Artist Sees The 'Possible'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Artist Marc Ahr has been drawing the Olympics for 22 years. For him, it doesn't matter what the press narrative is, how the countries are preparing, or even who wins or loses. Asked about negative news surrounding Sochi, he says that here, "everything is impossible, but everything is possible."

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Features

What Do You Want To Know About The Sochi Olympics?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Are people excited about the Winter Olympics? Don't figure skaters get dizzy? What kind of place is Sochi?

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How To Watch All Of The Games: Step 1, Prove Yourself Worthy

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Like to get your Olympics fix the old-fashioned way in prime time? NBC-TV has that covered. The network is also putting more than 1,000 hours of its coverage online, live. The catch: You need to show you're a cable TV or satellite TV subscriber, so have your credentials at hand.

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Olympic Events Kick Off Under Shadow Of Security Concerns

Thursday, February 06, 2014

A Russian official says the security situation in Sochi is no worse than in New York, Boston or Washington. Meanwhile, slopestyle snowboarding makes its Olympic debut, without American star Shaun White.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reconsidering Gentrification; Bernard Kerik; Athletes In Sochi

Thursday, February 06, 2014

"Gentrification" might be a dirty word for some New Yorkers, but New York Magazine’s Justin Davidson reconsiders the benefits and drawbacks of higher-income residents moving into a neighborhood. Then: After serving time in federal prison, former New York Police Department commissioner Bernard Kerik talks about his new cause, sentencing reform. Plus: Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent and panelist on Slate's Hang Up and Listen, highlights the athletes to watch at the Sochi Winter Olympics.