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The Leonard Lopate Show

An Amazing Swimmer Racing for Olympic Medals

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kara Lynn Joyce, Olympic silver-medalist, no longer swims, and says that she is now "trying to become more of a land creature." 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Kara Lynn Joyce

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kara Lynn Joyce was on the show on November 24, 2014 to talk about the documentary Touch the Wall. She is a fan of Baseball and Mac and Cheese. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Christo Brock

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christo Brock was on the show on November 24. 2014 to discuss his film Touch The Wall. He's a fan of Loretta Lynn and Jared Diamond. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Radiolab

Comparing Sperm Whales To Sperm: A Swimming Contest

Friday, October 04, 2013

Ready, get set, go! Let's compare a sperm whale plowing through the ocean to a human sperm plowing through a glass of water: The whale barely notices the water it's in; the sperm — oh, gee — it's got a problem. How it solves that problem — being much closer to the size of the water molecules around it — is ... well, masterful.

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WNYC News

Veterans' Swimming Program Helps With Physical, Mental Barriers

Thursday, June 06, 2013

“When you feel yourself getting stronger physically, you feel stronger mentally. You feel empowered, you don’t feel like a victim, now you feel like a victor.”

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The Takeaway

Young Athletes & Predatory Coaches in USA Swimming

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The issue of rampant sexual abuse within the military has been back in the headlines in recent weeks, but a similar story of abuse within a big American institution is getting less play in the news. Just last week former USA Swimming coach Rick Curl was convicted of sexually abusing Kelly Currin, one of his swimmers. Currin alleges that officials within U.S. swimming knew about the abuse and did nothing. Katherine Starr, Olympic Swimmer and Founder and President of Safe4Athletes, weighs in.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: 25 Sex Moves He Secretly Wishes You'd Try Edition

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discuss the death of Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown, the new film The Campaign starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, and the merits of swimming in all its forms and venues.

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WNYC News

Medal-Winning NYC Athlete Returns Home to Cheers

Friday, August 10, 2012

Olympic Bronze-medalist Lia Neal received a hero’s welcome at the Upper East Side pool where she trains. The 17-year-old Brooklyn resident was part of a medal winning relay team that competed in London.

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The Takeaway

25 Years Later: Lynne Cox's Historic Swim Across the Bering Strait

Friday, August 10, 2012

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about the Olympics, but before there was Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte, there was Lynne Cox. And while she’s no Olympic gold medalist, she did break down barriers when she swam across the Bering Straight, from the island of Little Diomede in Alaska to Big Diomede, then part of the Soviet Union.

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The Takeaway

Male Athletes Fight for the Right to Synchronized Swim in the Olympics

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

While most of us are accustomed to seeing women play soccer and none of us bat an eye at women running, men are still prohibited from competing in some sports — specifically synchronized swimming. An all-male synchronized swimming team in London has petitioned the International Olympic Committee to change that.

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The Takeaway

Sink or Swim: Everyday Americans Trying to Learn This Olympic Sport

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

As the U.S. swim team continues to bring home Olympic medals, we’ve been looking at the more realistic side of swimming in America. After we spoke to Dr. Carol Irwin, author of a study that found 70 percent of African American children are unable to swim, we asked for your stories about the challenge of learning to swim.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: African-Americans and Swimming

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

As we watch the U.S. Olympic swimming team, which includes a record three swimmers with African-American roots, we wanted to explore the still low number of African-American youth who learn to swim. According to a 2010 study, about 70% of African-American youth have little or no swimming ability as compared to about 40% of white youth.  

So we want to hear from our African-American listeners: Call us and tell us why you think a high percentage of African-American kids don't learn to swim, whether you're making a point of learning to swim or making sure your children learn to swim, and if you or your children are inspired by the Olympic athletes. Call us at 212-433-9692 or comment here. 

Joining us to discuss are journalist Tetsuhiko Endo and the executive director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA Dordy Jourdain

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The Takeaway

Why Can So Few American Minorities Swim?

Monday, July 30, 2012

According to the Red Cross, 37 percent of Americans say they’re not good swimmers, and 13 percent say they can’t swim at all. While those numbers are bad, they're even worse in minority communities.

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Soundcheck

London 2012: Musical Beginnings

Monday, July 30, 2012

The sounds of the Olympics' opening weekend, from Mr. Bean's one-note solo to gymnast Aly Raisman's "Hava Nagila" floor exercise. 

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Transportation Nation

US DOT Head Ray LaHood to Transportation Nation Readers: Transpo Bill is "Highway Centric"

Thursday, July 19, 2012

For his latest "On the Go" video Q&A, the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary fielded questions from Transportation Nation readers, who grilled him about the new transportation bill (MAP 21) and high-speed rail.

"We think that the MAP 21...is probably a little highway centric," says LaHood, but "I think we're on the right track" when it comes to bike and pedestrian improvements.

In response to a question about the prospects of high-speed rail in the Northeast, LaHood said that the federal government is investing $3 billion in rail upgrades along the corridor. "Amtrak is doing well," he said, pointing out that ridership is  booming. While not talking specific timing for fast trains along the Boston-to-DC route, he said "the future is very bright" for rail in the Northeast.

Enough of transportation. What will the secretary be watching at the summer Olympics? It turns out he's a swimming aficionado ("people have to train very, very hard") as well as a basketball fan -- but he deftly sidestepped the current debate over whether the 2012 U.S. basketball team is the equal of the "dream team."

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Swimming Studies

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Leanne Shapton, who trained for the Olympic swimming trials when she was a teenager, talks about what draws her to swimming—in pools and on beaches across the world. Swimming Studies explores what it's like to move from a world of competition and discipline to one of recreation and introspection.

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Schoolbook

A Swimming Opportunity for Second-Grade Students

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

About 10 percent of second-grade students in the city are learning to swim because of a program developed by Adrian Benepe, the city parks commissioner, who was convinced that many drownings of city residents could be avoided. And what's the best way to configure middle school for children between the ages of 10 and 13? Those are some of the stories in news on this Wednesday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why We Love the Water

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lynn Sherr discusses the joys of swimming and the effect it has on our lives. Swim: Why We Love the Water looks at how swimming has changed over the millennia, how this ancient activity is becoming more social today, and our relationship with the water.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Olympic Hopefuls: Felicia Lee

Friday, March 02, 2012

Swimmer Felicia Lee talks about following her Olympic dream from Wayne, NJ, to Stanford, and then to London if she makes the team. 

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The Takeaway

Olympian Cullen Jones on Swimming and Drowning

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Swimming is one way to beat the heat – but it can be dangerous for those who don't have a basic knowledge of how to handle themselves in the water. Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones knows this all too well: When he was five years old he almost drowned at an amusement park. This summer the gold medalist has been traveling around the country with the USA Swimming Foundation in a six-city tour called "Make a Splash with Cullen Jones." At each stop Jones meets with community leaders and teaches basic water safety to parents and children.

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