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August 21, 2014 Comment

Baseball Pennant Races Heat Up

The Washington Nationals are riding a nine-game winning streak after last night’s 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

August 14, 2014 Comment

Eventful Summer For Women In Male Sports

From the NBA’s first woman assistant coach, to a star Little League pitcher, a look at the role of women in male sports this summer.

July 31, 2014 4 Comments

Was The NFL Too Lenient On Ray Rice?

After the star player was charged with assaulting his girlfriend, the NFL suspended him for two games. Critics say that’s too lenient.

July 24, 2014 5 Comments

Former NFL Coach’s Comment On Michael Sam Stirs Controversy

Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted Sam, not because he’s gay, but because he “wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”

July 17, 2014 Comment

Derek Jeter’s All-Star Sendoff

Was the farewell to the New York Yankees captain a little over the top? Our sports analyst Mike Pesca says it was.

July 10, 2014 Comment

What Should We Expect From The World Cup Final

Germany and Argentina will face off on Sunday for the World Cup title. Our sports analyst Mike Pesca previews the game.

July 3, 2014 Comment

Does The U.S. Soccer Team Have A Bright Future?

With the World Cup over for the U.S., Mike Pesca says “there are a lot of things in the way of United States going to the next level.”

June 27, 2014 Comment

What’s Next In The World Cup?

Brazil plays Chile tomorrow, and Belgium faces the United States on Tuesday. Mike Pesca weighs in.

June 13, 2014 Comment

College Sports Legal Battle Wraps Up First Week

Former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon is the lead plaintiff in a class action suit against the NCAA.

June 3, 2014 2 Comments

World Cup: Worries About Next Week And Controversy Over 2022

Lots of work remains before the World Cup begins on June 12 in Brazil. Meantime, there are bribe allegations against 2022 host Qatar.

May 29, 2014 12 Comments

Native Americans Appeal To Players Over Redskins Name

The National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation sent letters to more than 2,700 hundred NFL players.

May 21, 2014 4 Comments

Former NFL Players File Class Action Suit Against League

Former star quarterback Jim McMahon is among those alleging illegal and rampant misuse of painkillers.

May 12, 2014 Comment

Big Weekend In Sports: Sterling Apologizes, NFL Drafts First Openly Gay Player

Sports analyst Mike Pesca discusses the significance of these events in the world of sports.

May 8, 2014 Comment

The NFL Draft Kicks Off Tonight

There will be more than 50 hours of TV coverage of the draft over the next three days. Slate’s Mike Pesca gives us a preview.

May 1, 2014 24 Comments

Should Sterling Be Forced To Sell The Clippers?

Mike Pesca writes, “Donald Sterling is a vile racist… But even a horrible human being doesn’t deserve to have his property stripped away.”

April 25, 2014 2 Comments

Northwestern Football Players Vote On Unionization

The football players at the Big Ten school are making history today, as the first college athletes to vote on whether to unionize.

April 17, 2014 Comment

Report Finds Flawed Investigation Of Top Football Player

FSU star quarterback Jameis Winston was accused but not charged with rape after the local prosecutor deemed the evidence insufficient.

April 7, 2014 Comment

Kentucky Faces UConn in NCAA Championship

Mike Pesca previews the championship game between Kentucky and UConn tonight.

April 3, 2014 Comment

Mike Pesca Previews The Final Four

We take a look at the Final Four matchups this Saturday in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

March 27, 2014 Comment

Northwestern Football Players Win Bid To Unionize

Northwestern University, the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference have criticized the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to let players unionize.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

October 20 Comment

Alternate Routes: Lasting Impressions From The Road

Our digital and social media producer Rachel Rohr is back from a month-long trip cross-country, talking with young Americans.

October 20 Comment

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

The chef and restaurateur discusses the "farm to table" trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.

October 17 2 Comments

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

October 17 Comment

USAID: Challenges And Small Victories In Liberia

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,500 people in the region with an estimated 8,900 more people currently infected.