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Stax Records; Lucy Wainwright Roche Plays Live; The Loudest Stadiums In Football

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

In this episode: Stax Records built a soul music empire, but Memphis music historian Robert Gordon says it was more than a record label: Stax provided a refuge from the racial tensions roiling the South in the 1960's.

Then, songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche -- the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche -- stakes out her own territory on There’s A Last Time For Everything, a new album that features a collaboration Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, and a cover of Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend." Hear her perform in the Soundcheck studio, with her mom.

And, this season, the NFL teams in Kansas City and Seattle are battling for the title of “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium,” after a Chiefs game recently topped 137 decibels. We delve into it with The New York Times' Joyce Cohen and Chiefs super-fan Ty Rowton -- a.k.a. “X-Factor” -- who helped organize fans to break a decibel-record at the NFL team’s home, Arrowhead Stadium.

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Ted Williams: A Perfectionist Ballplayer With Many Demons

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The hitter had a swing so pure and flawless that Mickey Mantle would watch him take batting practice. But he was also a tormented soul who hurt a lot of people, including himself. Ben Bradlee Jr. delivers a deeply personal account of Williams' life in The Kid.

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Adidas To Unveil Design Of World Cup Ball

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Sports equipment and apparel company Adidas on Tuesday unveils the soccer ball to be used during next year's World Cup in Brazil. A contest was held to name the ball. The winning name: Brazuca.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football

Monday, December 02, 2013

Nicholas Dawidoff talks about spending a year with the New York Jets—from early-morning quarterback meetings to late-night conversations. In Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football he describes the Combine, the draft, the practices, and the strategy meetings. He profiles the Jets' polarizing head coach, Rex Ryan, the general manager, the coaches, players like the cornerback Darrelle Revis, quarterback Mark Sanchez, and the safeties, linebackers, cornerbacks, and enthusiastic rookies who play the game.

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A Big Week For NBA News

Sunday, December 01, 2013

The Cavaliers made a first round draft pick; the Eastern Conference is tanking but the Western Conference has only two bad teams; and Nets Coach Jason Kidd earned a free timeout by spilling soda on the court. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca for his take on the NBA's week.

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Front-Runners Emerge In NFL Playoff Race

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the playoff battle in the NFL is heating up. And in hockey, 10 former players have filed suit against the NHL for failing to protect players from concussions. ESPN's Howard Bryant fills in the details with host Scott Simon.

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WNYC News

Will the Super Bowl Allow New Jersey to Recoup Money Spent on MetLife Stadium?

Friday, November 29, 2013

The New York Giants and the New York Jets are reaping the benefits of MetLife Stadium, but at what cost to the taxpayers of New Jersey?

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On The Media

The Journalist Behind Jackie Robinson

Friday, November 29, 2013

Throughout the more than six-decade celebration of Jackie Robinson's desegregation of baseball, the journalist who brought Robinson's story to the world has remained unknown. In an interview that originally aired in May, Brooke talks to Los Angeles Times sports writer Bill Plashcke, who recently penned a portrait of writer Wendell Smith, who helped secure Robinson's place in American history. 

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On The Media

Game Time

Friday, November 29, 2013

The typical televised football game lasts about three hours. But according to a study by The Wall Street Journal, only 11 minutes of that time is actually devoted to live play. Bob Fishman is a game director for CBS Sports, the person who decides what home viewers see and when they see it. In an interview that originally aired in 2010, Fishman explains to Bob how he spends the other two hours and 49 minutes of a broadcast.

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On The Media

Lenny Dykstra's Downfall

Friday, November 29, 2013

Former baseball player Lenny "Dude" Dykstra has become a seemingly endless fount of stories for sports reporters who cover scandal. He's been arrested for grand theft auto and drug possession, declared bankruptcy, and been accused of bouncing a check to a prostitute. Philadelphia sports writer Frank Fitzpatrick has been covering Dykstra since before his fall from grace, and in an interview that originally aired in 2011, he talks to Bob about how sports writers can be complicit in the bad behavior of the athletes they cover.

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After Free-Diving Death, Can The Sport Be Made Safer?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Free diver Nicholas Mevoli of Brooklyn died after his event last week at the Vertical Blue competition in the Bahamas. Host Rachel Martin talks to writer James Nestor, who is writing a book on the subject and says competitions are a bad idea.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A-Rod Storms Out

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yesterday, Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his arbitration hearing after being informed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig would not be testifying in the case over his use of performance enhancing drugs. Later, a lawyer for Rodriguez told WFAN's Mike Francesa that "there is no legal forum in the United States where a man doesn't get to face his accusers." NPR's Mike Pesca discusses whether A-Rod has a point, and whether Selig should have to state baseball's case in person.

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WNYC News

Alex Rodriguez Walks Out of Own Grievance Hearing

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

Horowitz was in the midst of the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn the 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by ...

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The Sporkful

Eater X: The Sporkful Interview

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Thanksgiving we're all competitive eaters, so who better to talk to than Tim "Eater X" Janus, the #2 competitive eater in the world.

WNYC News

Brooklyn Diver Dies Attempting Record

Monday, November 18, 2013

Questions remain about the death of a Brooklyn-based diver who attempted to set a record for the deepest dive without the aid of oxygen or fins. 

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The Takeaway

Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar to Retire

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar played the start of his 200th and final test match—the match that marks the coming close of his 24-year career.The “Little Master,” as he’s sometimes called, is a sports icon like no other. In 2011, he led India to a cricket World Cup victory but long before that, he captured the heart of the country with his exploits. Rahul Tandon, BBC Cricket reporter in Mumbai, reflects on day the first day of Tendulkar's last match.

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New Tech City

These Games Could Be Good for Young Brains

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Games have power, so this week, we play a few that can motivate kids to learn more, whether they realize it or not. And we see how a test case of a new technology for football might help keep young heads safer (and smarter) from injury.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Uniting the States; Sculptor Richard Serra; Tea Party "Town Hall"; Mike Tyson

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Simon Winchester talks about the inventors, explorers, and thinkers whose work shaped early America and united the nation. Richard Serra discusses his monumental sculptures and his new show at the Gagosian Gallery. Directors Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot on their documentary, “Town Hall, which follows two Tea Party candidates in Pennsylvania during the 2012 campaign season. Former heavyweight champion of the world, philosopher, and pigeon lover, Mike Tyson talks about his unlikely journey to and from the boxing ring.

Atlanta Braves Shock Fans With Plan To Move To Suburbs

Monday, November 11, 2013

In a move that took many fans by surprise, the Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the team will move to the city's suburbs, where it will build a new stadium. The team's lease on Turner Field, the stadium that's been the Braves' home since 1997, will expire in 2016.

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