Friday, October 04, 2013
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
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.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
“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.”
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.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
By Kate Hinds
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."
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
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.