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January 18, 2022
Akwasi Frimpong’s Struggle to Represent Africa at the Winter Olympics
The IOC bureaucracy should let the skeleton competitor claim his rightful place at the Beijing Games.
January 11, 2022
What Do the 1984 Olympics Teach Us?
’s L. Jon Wertheim joins the show to talk about his new book.
December 13, 2021
The Year in Sports: Athletes Face Backlash but Refuse to Back Down
This past year’s reaction to the 2020 upsurge reflected—and shaped—broader currents in society.
November 30, 2021
Should We Trust Thomas Bach About the Safety of Peng Shuai?
Chinese Olympian Peng Shuai disappeared after accusing a top party official of sexual assault. She reemerged after weeks to call… IOC President Thomas Bach?
November 20, 2021
Where Is Peng Shuai? And What Is the IOC Going to Do About It?
With the 2022 Beijing Olympics looming, the IOC’s silence in the case of a missing tennis star who accused a Chinese official of sexual assault speaks volumes.
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November 18, 2021
We Need Barcelona’s Hidden Radical History Now More Than Ever
The 1992 Barcelona Olympics changed a city that in the 1930s wanted to change the course of world history.
October 27, 2021
100 Days to the Beijing Olympics
As the countdown to the Winter Olympics begins, the games are already engulfed in controversy.
October 15, 2021
The LA Olympics Are Being Planned Behind Closed Doors
The city council is making arrangements for the 2028 games without public transparency or accountability.
August 24, 2021
Tokyo Hosts a Dangerous Paralympics in the Shadow of Covid
The Paralympics are supposed to be a celebration of people with disabilities. Instead, they will put many immunocompromised people at enormous risk.
August 19, 2021
Black Women Olympians Showed Us What It Means to Be Excellent—and Human
If there is a sea change in the way mental health is understood in elite sports, it is being led by Simone Biles and other Black women.