Athletes en Have Youth Sports Become Too Intense? <p>There’s a lot of concern these days that an ethic of winning at all costs, promoted by over-zealous parents or coaches, is ruining youth athletics. And kids are paying the price, from sports injuries at ever-younger ages, to constant practice that cuts into family time. But now, some adults are crying “foul” and calling for change.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:00:07 +0000 The Exchange 48410 at Have Youth Sports Become Too Intense? 5.7.14: NCAA Athletes' Rights & 'Why Is A Crossfit Gym Suing Scientists?' <p></p><p>Today's Word of Mouth is chock full of the stories that keep us on our toes. Why would a Crossfit gym sue scientists? Guest <strong>Warren Cornwall </strong>gives us the scoop. We're also continuing our examination of higher education with two segments: one about the NCAA Pay-for-Play debate; the other about a <em>brain-</em>y college course.</p><p>Listen to the full show for these and more, and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:45:27 +0000 Word of Mouth 48072 at 5.7.14: NCAA Athletes' Rights & 'Why Is A Crossfit Gym Suing Scientists?' "Something Like The Gods" <p>In the words of author <a href="">Stephen Amidon</a>, “no other figure is the focus of so much passion, controversy, expectation, and disappointment…” regardless of whether it is football or soccer, figure-skating or hockey, watching the world’s top athletes borders on hypnotic… and sometimes stands as proof of our ability to exceed physical human limitations and become <a href="">something like the gods</a>. That’s the name of long-time sports-lover and novelist Stephen Amidon’s new cultural history of the athlete, detailing sport from the first <a href="">Olympic Games</a>, to the rise of <a href="">Lebron James</a>. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:05:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 6300 at "Something Like The Gods" Pedaling off the Pounds <p>A lot of Americans are struggling to lose a whole lot of weight, and they try all kinds of crazy things.</p><p><a href=""><font color="#0c4ca2">Ernest Gagnon</font></a> — a man from Billerica, Mass. — decided to shed pounds by getting into the often intense, high-adrenaline sport of cyclocross: racing road bikes on obstacle courses.</p><p>Two years ago, Gagnon tipped the scales at 570 pounds. He was depressed and embarrassed to leave the house.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:04:57 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 14493 at Pedaling off the Pounds History of Going for the Gold <p>Stephen Amidon, author of “Something Like the Gods: A Cultural History of the Athlete from Achilles to Lebron” tells less familiar stories of the Olympic glory.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:43:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 9536 at History of Going for the Gold