Fri July 18, 2014
TED Radio Hour

Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 9:08 am

"The Olympic motto is 'Citius, Altius, Fortius.' Faster, higher, stronger. And athletes have fulfilled that motto rapidly" — David Epstein
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About David Epstein's TEDTalk

Humans seem to have gotten faster, better and stronger in almost every way. Yet as sports journalist David Epstein points out, many factors are at play when we shatter athletic records.

About David Epstein

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Fri July 18, 2014
TED Radio Hour

What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 2:35 pm

"When I stand on that shore, the main thing is, I want that destination, I want it" — Diana Nyad
Marla Aufmuth TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Diana Nyad's TedTalk

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

About Diana Nyad

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Fri July 18, 2014
Movie Interviews

Actor Kurt Russell Talks About The Family Business: Baseball

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 8:00 am



The Portland Mavericks were a minor league baseball team that played in the 1970s. Their story is told in a new documentary on Netflix. It's called "The Battered Bastards Of Baseball." This team was irreverent, unorthodox. The roster included a bunch of hopefuls and has-beens.


The Mavericks were founded by a baseball outsider, the actor Bing Russell probably best known for his role as Deputy Clem on "Bonanza." But he was also a serious student of baseball.

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Thu July 17, 2014

'Voices of Cycling' Duo Has Shared A Mic For 29 Years

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:17 am

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen have covered the Tour de France, the sport's most grueling race, together for decades and have developed a rapport that viewers appreciate.

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Wed July 16, 2014

The Life Of Red Klotz, Illustrious Loser To The Harlem Globetrotters

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 8:02 pm

As a basketball coach, Red Klotz had one job — to lose. And he did it well. As a player, coach and general manager of a team usually known as the Washington Generals, he lost countless times to the Harlem Globetrotters. Klotz died Saturday at age 93, and John Ferrari, his colleague and son-in-law, has this remembrance.

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Wed July 16, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Remembering How The Great War Changed U.S. Sports

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 11:00 am

Charles Dillon Stengel had been known as Dutch — derived from the German Deutsch. Only after the U.S. went to war was Casey Stengel born.

When America entered the Great War in 1917 — a war that began 100 years ago this summer — Major League Baseball faced a special problem: It had a hefty German heritage. Its best-known team, the New York Giants under John McGraw, was even sometimes called "McGraw's Prussians" for its tough, fighting spirit. Obviously, just as sauerkraut became "liberty cabbage," that had to go, too.

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Tue July 15, 2014

A New Act In Jeter's Last Season, Before Dwindling All-Star Audience

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:23 pm



Baseball's All-Star Game is tonight at Target Field in Minneapolis - home of the Twins. The American League will face the National League and the winner claims home-field advantage for the World Series. Tonight is also part of a farewell tour for a certain Yankee.


UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Now batting for the Yankees, number two, Derek Jeter - number two.

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Mon July 14, 2014
Men In America

The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:24 pm

Joe Ehrmann, shown in 1975, was a defensive lineman with the Baltimore Colts for much of the '70s. He says that as a child, he was taught that being a man meant dominating people and circumstances — a lesson that served him well on the football field, but less so in real life.
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This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.

It's rare that a man makes it through life without being told, at least once, "Be a man." To Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor, those are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.

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Mon July 14, 2014

Germans Return Home With World Cup, Already Worried About Next One

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:24 pm

Nearly every team left the World Cup on a sour note, having returned with less than the championship they'd played for. The one exception? The Cup-winning Germans, whose victory has reverberated throughout the country. For a look at the symbolic impact of the German triumph, Robert Siegel turns to Angela Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Mon July 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Tipping The Cap To Derek Jeter, An All-Star's All-Star

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 3:46 pm

Those tipping their caps to Derek Jeter include former Yankees manager Joe Torre and his former teammates Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Tino Martinez, in a new ad by Nike.

We're halfway through the last baseball season for New York Yankee Derek Jeter, and that's reason enough for Nike's Jordan Brand to craft a stirring tribute that shows his fellow sports stars, fans and rivals giving a nod to the shortstop.

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