The thrill of victory… the agony of defeat. And the human drama of athletic competition. We love sports. And every 4 years we get the pleasure to watch amateur athletes, at the top of their game, compete in the Olympics. And that got us thinking about competition. Because that’s what it’s about, right? [Broadcast Date: August 15, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120815/rt_tbon_120815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Aimee Mullins is an athlete, fashion model and activist who uses whichever of her 12 pair of prosthetic legs is appropriate for the task at hand. Next, commentator Erika Monroe-Kane reflects on the appeal of driving really fast.Then, Kate Sekules is the author of The Boxer’s Heart: How I Fell in Love with the Ring, and a former professional boxer. She tells Anne Strainchamps how she got into the sport, why she enjoyed getting really strong, and how she coped with her anger during bouts. She still thinks there’s a lot to admire in women’s boxing.After that, Melissa Joulwan is the author of Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track. And she ought to know. Joulwan plays for a roller derby team under the name ´´Melicious.´´ She tells Anne Strainchamps why the sport´s enjoying a renaissance, and why most of the players are feminists who enjoy playing with the sexual and warrior imagery.Following that, Tina Bertoni provides a commentary on what it was like to hunt a bear.Next, Kim Hiss tells Anne Strainchamps about her first hunt. Kim Hiss is an Associate Editor for Field and Stream Magazine and blogs as Huntress.And finally, Jennifer Shahade is the author of Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport. She tells Anne Strainchamps where the title of her book came from. Obviously the word ´´bitch” occurs throughout this interview but always in reference to the book title. It is never used as profanity. [Broadcast Date: August 3, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120803/rt_tbon_120803_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Forget baseball. Boxing just might be our national sport. After all, the highest paid athlete in the country is a fighter. And a long awaited superfight between this generation´s best boxers has earned millions in ticket sales. This hour, we explore the popularity and enduring appeal of combat sports. [Broadcast Date: May 6, 2015] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/150506/rt_tbon_150506_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The downhill skiers in Sochi know cold weather, but for real cold -- try diving into freezing water above the Arctic Circle! In this hour, some sports too cold even for the Winter Olympics. [Broadcast Date: February 5, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/140207/rt_tbon_140207_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Not every story about Afghanistan involves guns and soldiers. We see the country through art, poetry and games - from the ancient sport of Buzkashi to Afghanistan´s famous hand-woven carpets. Also, Charles Yu on living safely in a science fictional universe. [Broadcast Date: February 28, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/140228/rt_tbon_140228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Khaled Hosseini´s novel The Kite Runner put Afghan fiction on the map. Hosseini´s new book is And the Mountains Echoed.Next, Anna Badkhen spent a year in Oqa, a remote Afghan village. She got to know the 240 people who live there, especially the weavers.Then, Eliza Griswold went to the Pashtun region of Afghanistan to gather landay poems for Poetry Magazine. This month’s entire edition is dedicated to the landay. After that, for millennia the Hazara people have been telling folk tales. Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman have collected them in a book called The Honey Thief. Finally, Buzkashi Boys was one of the film shorts nominated for an Oscar this year. This is a coming of age story set in Afghanistan’s national sport, Buzkashi. It´s a game of horse polo played with a dead goat instead of a ball. [Broadcast Date: June 26, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/130626/rt_tbon_130626_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It used to be easy to get lost in a good book, but now lots of people say reading is boring. Scientists say all that skimming and surfing on electronic screens is actually rewiring our brains. So we examine the new science of reading, and meet celebrated New Yorker book critic James Wood. Also, Jordanian scientist Rana Dajani tells the remarkable story of how she started a reading program for kids at her local mosque, which has spread to hundreds of libraries across the Middle East. And Princeton historian Tony Grafton uncovers the history of reading by looking in the margins of books. In our last segment, Jonathan Gottschall´s dangerous idea is to remove padded gloves from combat sports to reduce the brain damage of fighters. And renowned MMA fighter Ronda Rousey describes her long, hard road to the top. [Broadcast Date: Juy 29, 2015] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/150729/rt_tbon_150729_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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