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#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.

MLS And Beckham Will Create A New Soccer Team In Miami

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

England's David Beckham left Major League Soccer after the L.A. Galaxy's 2012 season. His time with the Galaxy reportedly helped him purchase an expansion team at a below-market $25 million.

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Sochi Has Diversity But 'Blackness' Isn't Part Of It

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Host Michel Martin gets a preview of the Winter Olympics, from the athletes to the accommodations. She talks with NPR's Sonari Glinton, and McClatchy's William Douglas, who are in Sochi for the Games.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

These Tweets Do Not Inspire Much Confidence About Sochi

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

As members of the media arrive in Sochi for the Olympics, they are finding unfinished buildings, open pot-holes -- not to mention hotel rooms without doorknobs. The Brian Lehrer Show checks in with a reporter in Sochi for some context.

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On The Media

#13.5 - I'm Matthew Mills

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

A special mini-episode of TLDR to get your mouth watering for tomorrow's non-mini episode!

This week, a man named Matthew Mills interrupted the post-Super Bowl MVP press conference to let the world know that 9/11 was perpetrated by the US Government. News outlets pounced at the chance to interview him, flocking to the internet to locate his web presence. A few ended up contacting a different Matthew Mills, who gamely played along. PJ talks to the non-conspiracy minded Matthew Mills about his run-ins with the news media.

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An Olympic Preview, From The Canon Of Russian Literature

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Southern Russia, the venue for the coming Winter Olympics, is a wild land known for its breathtaking beauty and centuries of conflict. It has long inspired Russian writers; here are three classic books on the region.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Comptroller Scott Stringer; Ethnicity and Success; Is Sochi Ready?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Scott Stringer has been in the Comptroller's office for a month; he talks about pressing Albany to allow New York City to raise the minimum wage, auditing the finances of the Queens Library, and more. Then: Author Amy Chua caught heat for her 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. She and husband Jed Rubenfeld discuss their controversial new book about ethnicity and success, The Triple Package. Plus: Reuters's Timothy Heritage reports from Sochi about whether Russia is ready for the Winter Olympics.

Lawyer's Local-Market Super Bowl Spot Is An On-Fire Smash

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The TV spot has won fans online, thanks to its use of slow motion, quick edits, smoke and fire to create an atmosphere that would suit a trailer for a new action hero. Attorney Jamie Casino is riding a wave of popularity as a result.

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Seahawks Say They Figured Out Manning's Signals

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Like all teams do, Seattle studied its opponent. Then during the game, says cornerback Richard Sherman, the Seahawks figured out the hand signals that the Denver quarterback was using. Other teams do that too. Seattle certainly took advantage of things, though, and dominated during the 43-8 win.

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The Takeaway

Pay-for-Play: Should College Athletes Be Unionized?

Monday, February 03, 2014

A group of football players at Northwestern University are attempting to organize and join a labor union. It’s the latest move in the complicated relationship between the NCAA and its athletes, some of whom believe they should be payed and protected as workers. Joe Nocera, columnist for our partner The New York Times, says these student athletes should be able to form a union. Former NCAA athlete Ibrahim Abdul-Matin agrees. Ibrahim is a former linebacker at the University of Rhode Island and an NCAA scholar-athlete.

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Joe Namath's Fur Coat: Nothing New, But It's A Talker

Monday, February 03, 2014

The legendary quarterback showed up for the coin toss at Sunday's Super Bowl in one of his trademark coats. Social media went nuts. Older fans, though, knew that it would have been bigger news if Broadway Joe didn't come wrapped in a fur.

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VIDEO: Obama And O'Reilly Hit Harder Than Denver And Seattle

Monday, February 03, 2014

The Super Bowl was a superbore if you prefer close contests. Seattle trounced Denver, 43-8. The president's pregame interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly was a much more contentious affair.

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Budweiser's 'Puppy Love' Ad Wins Super Bowl Viewers' Hearts

Monday, February 03, 2014

The game didn't go as predicted, but the ad war did. For the second year in a row, Bud won over viewers, using a cute puppy and photogenic Clydesdales to sell beer.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman | Excitement, Caution Surround Winter Olympics | The Military's Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures

Monday, February 03, 2014

Excitement, Caution Surround Winter Olympics | The Takeaway Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman | Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Marathon Bomber & City's Future | Pay-for-Play: Should College Athletes Be Unionized? | The Military's Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures

After Decade-Long Fight, Ski Jumper Lindsey Van Is 'Ready To Fly'

Sunday, February 02, 2014

The 29-year-old from Park City, Utah, will compete on the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi this month. What it took to get there is more than she ever imagined.

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