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The Professor Who Became a Cage Fighter

Sunday, May 03, 2015

As he was nearing forty, English professor Jonathan Gottschall took up an unlikely hobby: mixed martial arts. He writes about the experience in his book, "The Professor in the Cage," in which he explores the enduring appeal of fighting. He tells Steve Paulson what led him to step inside the cage with an expert mixed martial artist. 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Inside the Mind of a Fighter

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a fighter in the moments before a fight? Here's one take, courtesy of writer Jonathan Gottschall.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Ecstasy of the Fight

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Writer Kerry Howley spent months travelling through the Midwest, following two mixed martial artists as they tried to make a living through fighting. She writes about the experience in her book, "Thrown." Howley sees mixed martial arts as an ecstatic, transcendent, experience -- both for the fighters and the audience.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Terrible Treatment of Pro-Wrestlers

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Daniel O’Sullivan on why professional wrestlers often lack benefits, pensions, health insurance, and, unlike any other major American sport, aren’t represented by a union.

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The Takeaway

Iran, Russia, and United States Join Forces

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Now here's something the United States, Russia, and Iran can all agree on: Wrestling should stay in the Olympics. Mike Novogratz is leading the campaign to save the sport's place in the Olympics.

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WNYC News

Wrestling May Get Muscled Out of Olympics

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wrestling has been an Olympic sport since 1896, but it may be on the ropes now that the International Olympic Committee has including it on a shortlist of sports to remove for the 2020 summer games.

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Know Your Neighbor

Mike, The Homeless Vet

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mike Monroe dreams of being a professional wrestler. For now, the 28-year-old is living in a shelter for homeless veterans in Long Island City, Queens.

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Soundcheck

The Song That Body Slammed Me

Friday, October 01, 2010

During his professional wrestling career, Mick Foley has braved figure-four leglocks, flying chairs and something called The Texas Death Match. But nothing prepared him for a Tori Amos song called "Winter." 

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Soundcheck

Tori Amos to the Rescue

Friday, October 01, 2010

During a dark moment in his professional wrestling career, Mick Foley found inspiration in an unlikely source: the music of Tori Amos. We talk with Foley about the song that helped him brave a barbed-wire match. And: we hear a review of Neil Young's new album, Le Noise. Later: live music from the Baltimore-based rock group J. Roddy Walston & the Business.