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10:03am

Sat February 1, 2014
Sports

U.S. Figure Skaters Are Underdogs In These Games

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 12:00 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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4:57am

Sat February 1, 2014
Shots - Health News

Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close: Fans Risk Hearing Loss

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:48 am

For diehard football fans, nothing beats screaming your lungs out in the stadium alongside tens of thousands of other fans.

There is, however, a downside: hearing loss.

With the battle among fans to be the loudest crowd getting almost as competitive as the NFL itself, hearing experts say it's time for a serious conversation about the damage caused by crowd noise.

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5:56pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Health

Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation'

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 7:51 pm

Sean Morey, then with the Arizona Cardinals, celebrates after blocking a punt against the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. Morey, who suffers from post-concussion syndrome, retired from the NFL in 2010 on the advice of doctors.
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The home of Sean Morey bears the impressive signposts of his 10-year career in the NFL: a Vince Lombardi trophy for his Super Bowl championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006. A hefty Super Bowl ring. A framed photograph showing Morey in midair, launching himself like a missile to block a punt. With that play in 2008, his Arizona Cardinals became the only team in NFL history to win a game in overtime with a blocked punt.

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5:46pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Sports

In Super Bowl Week, Hall Of Famers Return — As Salesmen

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 7:51 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, BYLINE: In the run up to the Super Bowl, demand for former players and coaches to interview is high. Dozens of sports radio stations have set up camp in New York City's Radio Row. Many interviewees have leveraged that demand into short-term celebrity endorsements. NPR's Mike Pesca caught the pitches.

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5:46pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Sports

Fans Hoping For A Snowy Super Bowl Will Be Disappointed

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 7:51 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Four years ago, the National Football League made a bold decision. It would stage its biggest game outdoors in a northern climate. Well, that chilly Super Bowl arrives on Sunday, and it pits the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins us now. And, Stefan, first question: Any chance of snow?

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12:31pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Barbershop

The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 12:59 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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5:32pm

Thu January 30, 2014
Media

The Surprising After Effects Of A Notorious 'Wardrobe Malfunction'

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 8:00 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Well, here's a halftime show we'll never forget.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The NFL with AOL proudly presents the AOL TopSpeed Super Bowl 38 Halftime Show starring Janet Jackson.

CORNISH: Ten years ago, the Super Bowl halftime show featured 12 minutes of early-aughts pop, high-energy choreography and pyrotechnics. But what do we remember? Two words: Wardrobe malfunction.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ROCK YOUR BODY")

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3:05pm

Thu January 30, 2014
The Edge

American Barista Fulfills Olympic Dream — On Swiss Hockey Team

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 8:59 am

Jessica Lutz is heading to the Winter Olympics from her job at a coffee shop in Washington. Recently, her fellow baristas made a latte in her honor.
Lauren Katz NPR

Jessica Lutz is on her way from making arty designs in coffee cups to carving Olympic ice in Sochi. And although she grew up in the U.S., Lutz will compete for the Swiss hockey team. Her story is an example of the sacrifices and strategies many athletes rely on to get to the games.

For most of the past year, Lutz, 24, crafted latte art as a barista in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in the D.C. suburb of Rockville, Md., Lutz had a chance to compete for Switzerland because of her father's nationality (she's a dual citizen).

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12:59pm

Thu January 30, 2014
Sports

Sports Writer Ray Didinger On The Myth Of The 'Dumb' Football Player

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 1:53 pm

A.J. Rich iStockphoto

On Sunday, the Super Bowl will draw a TV audience of more than 100 million people, spawn countless watching parties and generate a week's worth of chatter about the half-time show and the best commercials. But at the heart of it is a game — one that Ray Didinger has been covering for decades for a variety of media organizations, including NFL Films.

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12:59pm

Thu January 30, 2014
Sports

Ron 'Jaws' Jaworski On What It's Like To Play The Super Bowl

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 1:53 pm

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. To find out what it feels like to play pro football and to play in the Super Bowl, we reached out to former quarterback Ron Jaworski who is now a football analyst for ESPN. Jaworski spent spent 16 years in the NFL, most of them with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he took to the Super Bowl 15 in 1981. Jaws, as he was often known, had a great passing year then but a rough time in the big game.

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