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The Brian Lehrer Show

A-Rod's Routine: A Day in the Life of a Major-League Doper

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Alex Rodriguez court documents have given us a window into the (alleged) routine of a super-doper -- and it's pretty weird. From testosterone lozanges to three injections a day, Steve Eder of The New York Times describes the lengths some athletes will go to get an edge.

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Judge Blocks NFL Concussion Settlement

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A $765 million NFL concussion settlement between the league and former players was blocked by a federal judge on Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the latest news and where the high-profile lawsuit goes from here.

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WNYC News

A-Rod: Banned For 2014, Taker of "Gummy" Roids?

Monday, January 13, 2014

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its players' union on Monday, seeking to overturn an arbitrator's ruling that the Yankees slugger should be suspended for an entire season for using performance enhancing drugs. The suspension bars Rodriguez for 162 games including potential playoff appearances.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding 20 Years Later

Monday, January 13, 2014

Nanette Burstein, director of the ESPN documentary “The Price of Gold,” remembers the worldwide spectacle that erupted 20 years ago, when, weeks before the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right knee by an unknown attacker. It was revealed that figure skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, had planned the attack with his friends to eliminate Kerrigan from the competition and increase Harding’s chance at a gold medal. “The Price of Gold”  premieres January 16, at 9 pm on ESPN.

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Soundcheck

In Time For Sochi, Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know About Russian Pop Music

Monday, January 13, 2014

It’s cheesy. It’s punk. It’s Russian pop music — and it’s almost as fascinating as the Olympics themselves. Right in time for Sochi, Soundcheck fills you in on everything you never knew you needed to know.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andy Borowitz Guest Hosts; The Price of Inequality; Nancy Kerrigan's Knee; Rita Moreno; Prosecuting the "Cannibal Cop"

Monday, January 13, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: David Dante Troutt discusses why inequality is a growing crisis in communities across the country. ESPN documentary director Nanette Burstein looks back at the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan 20 years ago. Actor, singer, dancer, and author Rita Moreno talks about her life and career, and receiving the SAG Life Achievement Award later this month. And we’ll look at the case of former cop Gilberto Valle who was convicted last March of plotting to kidnap and eat women–and issues raised when people are convicted for crimes they haven’t even committed yet.

The Brawl Over Baseball Hall Of Fame Voting

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The new Baseball Hall of Fame inductees were announced this week — and it's not just who got in and who didn't that's causing a stir; the voting itself has people talking. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about that and the reduction of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez's suspension.

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Will The Colts Run Out Of Luck Against Patriots?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday's NFL playoffs pits Tom Brady's Patriots against the Colts and the Seahawks against the Saints. Over on the other side of the world, will Serena serve herself into history — again? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, about the sports stories of the week and sports to come.

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Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dennis Rodman took a team of former NBA players to North Korea to celebrate leader Kim Jong Un's birthday. NPR's Scott Simon likes the flamboyant and frank Rodman, but wonders if his tour amounts to sports diplomacy or propaganda for the North Korean regime.

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Sportswriter Who Let Readers Fill Out Hall Of Fame Ballot Is Banned

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Dan Le Batard, a columnist for The Miami Herald who also appears on ESPN radio and television, says he turned his ballot over to Deadspin readers for many reasons, including a need for reform in Hall of Fame voting.

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The Takeaway

How Olympic Figure Skaters Pick the Perfect Song

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The song that frames an Olympic figure skater's routine needs to have a variety of tempos. It needs to have emotional resonance and perhaps a little bit of edge. Most importantly, it needs to be something the skater can listen to over and over and over again. As competitors gear up for the 2014 Olympics, Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic Champion in ladies' singles, reflects on the kind of music that brings home medals.

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Sing Along, Now: Rodman's 'Happy Birthday' For Kim Jong Un

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The former NBA star leads a public rendition of the song for the North Korean leader, whom he describes as his "best friend for life."

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The Takeaway

Rodman Brings Team to Play Ball in North Korea

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Nothing says happy birthday to one of the world's most ruthless dictators more than a basketball game led by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Today in honor of Kim Jong-Un's birthday, Rodman has assembled a 12-member team to play a game in North Korea. Is this just classic Dennis Rodman? Or is there something deeper going on? To help us get inside his head we've called upon William Rhoden, sports writer for our partner The New York Times.

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New Law Allows Transgender Students To Choose Bathrooms And Sports Teams

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A new California law allows transgender students to choose restrooms and sport teams based on the gender they identify with. Host Michel Martin speaks with a parenting roundtable about the pros and cons.

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Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The punter says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage got him fired, but adds that he has no regrets. He tells NPR's Michel Martin: "If you're not willing to speak out for the rights of other people, then who do you expect to speak out for you when it's your turn?"

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Dennis Rodman Defends North Korean 'Basketball Diplomacy'

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

In a combative interview with CNN, the former NBA star implies that imprisoned American businessman Kenneth Bae, sentenced in May to 15 years' hard labor, is guilty of trying to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un.

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Texas Hires Coach Charlie Strong, And History Is Close At Hand

Monday, January 06, 2014

As he moves from Louisville to Austin, Strong becomes the first black coach of a men's team at Texas. For some, his hiring brings to mind how things have changed at a school that, during the 1960s, fielded teams made up of only white players.

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Last Game Is Finally Here: BCS May Go Out With A Bang

Monday, January 06, 2014

If pregame predictions come true, Monday night's game between Auburn and Florida State could be a high-scoring affair. There are other compelling story lines, as well: Will Auburn pull off another miracle finish? Will Florida State's Jameis Winston add a championship to his trophy collection?

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Was Luck's TD The Most Amazing Moment Of A Wild NFL Weekend?

Monday, January 06, 2014

Watch the replay as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck scoops up a fumble and stretches across the goal line against Kansas City. During a weekend of four close games in which three weren't settled until the last minute, was that the highlight of highlights?

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Basketball Coach Fights For His Dream Of A Division I Job

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Elwyn McRoy has been trying to land a job coaching Division I college basketball for more than a decade. He's skipped meals, slept in cars, and lived thousands of miles from his wife and kids for months at a time to achieve that goal. McRoy talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new, one-year coaching contract, and why he's still in the game.

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