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Interview
August 4th, 2012

Should The NBA Bar Players From The Olympics?

While Team USA is trouncing the world’s basketball teams in the Olympics, NBA brass is considering keeping players out of the competition. Jere Longman of the New York Times joins the show to discuss the potential ramifications.

Feature
August 4th, 2012

BMX On Its Second Olympic Lap

The London Olympics will take a dirty turn when the BMX competition kicks off with bikes, speed, jumps and plenty of dirt. Susan Valot reports on how BMX has changed since it debuted as an Olympic sport in Beijing in 2008.

Interview
August 4th, 2012

Chinese Swimmer’s Gold Standard Under Suspicion

Chinese Olympic swimmer Ye Shiwen won two gold medals in London, but her dominance has raised some eyebrows. Boston Globe’s John Powers joins Bill Littlefield to talk about the backlash to Ye’s success.

Update
August 4th, 2012

Olympics: Only A Game Style

Covering the Olympics requires making many predictions, some of which come true and some of which do not. Bill Littlefield looks back on how predictions made on Only A Game have fared.

Commentary
August 1st, 2012

Gold Medalist Raisman’s Hometown Starry-Eyed

Aly Raisman, the captain of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, is from Needham, Mass. During a trip to a bank in their shared hometown, Bill Littlefield got a small peek at how closely the people of Needham are following Raisman and her achievements.

Feature
August 1st, 2012

Olympic Badminton: A Shuttlecock Scandal

When we think international sports scandal, we think badminton. Eight female badminton players from three nations have been disqualified from the Olympics for intentionally losing matches in London.

Commentary
July 28th, 2012

The Olympics, Twitter And The London Eye

Throughout the 2012 Olympics, the popular tourist attraction known as the London Eye will light up in different colors according to how people tweet about the games. Having sent at least a dozen tweets himself, Bill Littlefield offers his expert observations on the experiment.

Book Review
July 28th, 2012

‘A Visitor’s Guide To The Ancient Olympics’

Long before there was an Olympic Village, before there was pin trading and medal counts, there were the ancient Olympics. Bill Littlefield speaks to author Neil Faulkner about his book “A Visitor’s Guide To The Ancient Olympics.”

Interview
July 28th, 2012

Planes, Manes and Javelins: Olympic Equipment Transport

How do you pack a javelin for an international flight? Boston Globe reporter Shira Springer joins us from London to discuss stories of Olympic shipping.

Interview
July 28th, 2012

Larisa Latynina: An Unlikely Medal Leader

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps doesn’t currently hold the record for the most total Olympic medals, but he stands an excellent chance of breaking it this summer. Sports Illustrated’s Nick Zaccardi joins the show to talk about the current record holder.

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