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Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday in New Jersey. She is the first opera star to be asked. NPR's Scott Simon remembers how Fleming has performed under pressure many times, including when she sang "Amazing Grace" at the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11.

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U.S. Figure Skaters Are Underdogs In These Games

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are just days away, and some 230 athletes will be representing the United States. Representing team NPR is Sonari Glinton. He gives NPR's Scott Simon a rundown of who to watch on the ice.

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Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close: Fans Risk Hearing Loss

Saturday, February 01, 2014

When fans of the Seattle Seahawks set the record for loudest crowd in history, they clocked in at 137.6 decibels, which is as loud as a jet engine during takeoff. Ear protection can prevent hearing loss, but even acoustics experts can have a hard time giving up the roar of the crowd.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Be the Coolest at Your Super Bowl Party with Census Stats on Denver and Seattle

Friday, January 31, 2014

From population to median household size, the Brian Lehrer Show compares Denver and Seattle census data -- and takes calls about the food, music, weather and more in each city.

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The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Super Bowl is upon us! From the commercials, to counting how many times Peyton Manning yells "Omaha," the Barbershop guys share what they're looking forward to the most.

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WNYC News

Sex and Sports Hard to Stage; Theater Producers Keep Trying

Friday, January 31, 2014

New and upcoming plays about boxing, baseball, kung fu and characters engaging in multiple affairs show that sex and sports are the hot topics this season. But don't get too excited - turns out they are both tough subjects to translate onto the stage.

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WNYC News

Guts! Glory! Fakery! Why Football Loves The Pre-Game Speech

Friday, January 31, 2014

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Football coaches have long used their oratorical powers to goad their teams to glory, but even men like Ronald Reagan have used the pre-game speech to motivate their subordinates. 

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The Takeaway

Inside Death Penalty Decisions | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City

Friday, January 31, 2014

Inside Death Penalty Decisions: From Timothy McVeigh to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City | Uncovering The Mystery of Vermeer | The Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Winner

On The Media

The Media Crisis in Egypt, Instant Replay and More

Friday, January 31, 2014


On The Media

The Inventor of Instant Replay

Friday, January 31, 2014

This weekend’s superbowl comes just over 50 years after the Army-Navy football game of December 1963, when we saw the very first use of instant replay. As Anna Clark wrote in Pacific Standard, the television trick that transformed the way we watch and officiate sports is thanks to an intrepid producer named Tony Verna, who would go on to achieve acclaim overseeing myriad live TV events like the bi-continental charity concert “Live Aid” and specials with Pope John Paul II. Brooke talks with Tony Verna about why it was so hard to replay live television back then, and how he found a way to outsmart his equipment. 

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American Barista Fulfills Olympic Dream – On Swiss Hockey Team

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jessica Lutz has shuttled between Europe and the U.S., with the goal of getting to the Sochi Olympics. For most of the last year, she crafted latte art at a Washington, D.C., coffee shop.

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Could Northwestern Football Union Even Out College Priorities?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Labor leaders say most of the players on Northwestern University's football team want to form a union. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Wildcats' quarterback Kain Colter, and National College Players Association President Ramogi Huma about the effort.

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Fresh Air

Ron 'Jaws' Jaworski On What It's Like To Play The Super Bowl

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jaworski spent 16 years in the NFL, most of them with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he took to the Super Bowl in 1981. Now the former quarterback works as a football analyst for ESPN. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies about what it feels like to play in the big game.

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Fresh Air

Sports Writer Ray Didinger On The Myth Of The 'Dumb' Football Player

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Didinger, who has been covering football for decades, says there's a lot of thought that goes into successfully executing a football play. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, "I really don't think you can be truly a dumb guy and play this game at the NFL level."

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Racing's Michael Schumacher Being Brought Out Of Coma

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The German driver fell while skiing in France last month and struck his head. Since then, he's been in a medically induced coma and doctors have operated twice. The process of waking him may "take a long time," Schumacher's manager says. It's too soon to say much about his post-coma prospects.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Does The NFL Deserve Nonprofit Status?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In addition to local franchises getting tax breaks, the NFL as a league retains nonprofit status that lets it avoid millions of dollars in taxes. As we prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl, Gregg Easterbrook, author of The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America, discusses the arrangement and the big money in pro football.

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Northwestern Football Players Want To Unionize: Is That OK?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The players say they work hard and bring in millions of dollars for their school. They want the right to bargain collectively. The NCAA says that would "undermine the purpose of college: an education." Who is right?

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Features

Cool Runnings: The One-Man, East Timor Version

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Before he could be sent to Sochi, Yohan Goutt Goncalves, 19, first had to take the unusual step of creating his country's national skiing federation.

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Super Bowl Tickets Are 'Cheap,' And Weather Isn't Only Reason

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The forecast for temperatures near or below freezing on Sunday has likely kept resale prices down a bit, brokers say. But an even more important factor may be that the matchup — the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks — just isn't drawing interest from some fans.

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Spoiler Alert? 'Madden NFL 25' Predicts Super Bowl Outcome

Monday, January 27, 2014

EA Sports' Madden game franchise is 8-2 in recent Super Bowl predictions. The game maker is predicting a thriller on Sunday — and happy Denver fans next Monday.

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