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Olympic snowboarders have been complaining about the conditions of the halfpipe in Sochi, and during the men’s finals, plenty of athletes wiped out. We call Sochi to find out the latest Olympic news. Plus, environmentalists say the Olympics are causing major damage to Sochi’s ecosystems. We find out why mutts are now welcome in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. And we get the latest news from the world of television.

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Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Olympic Update 7 MIN, 50 SEC

Olympic snowboarders have been complaining about the conditions of the halfpipe in Sochi, and during the men’s finals, plenty of athletes wiped out. We call Sochi to find out the latest Olympic news.

Guests:
Eric Adelson, Yahoo! Sports writer (@eric_adelson)

Environmental Impact on Sochi 7 MIN, 3 SEC

Environmentalist activists say the winter Olympics are causing major damage to Sochi’s precious ecosystems, despite the promise of “green” construction by Russian officials. Water pollution is threatening fish, wetlands are buried under crushed stone, and destruction of trees can’t be reversed, according to critics.

Guests:
Lindsay Abrams, Salon

Goodbye X-Factor, Hello House of Cards 8 MIN, 33 SEC

Simon Cowell’s attempt to recreate the magic of American Idol has failed here in the states. Fox has announced that it won’t renew the X-Factor, his music competition show. Is this a sign of broader TV trends? Plus, Netflix’s House of Cards comes back for a second season of binge-watching this week. And a thirty-year-old news network is trying to appeal to a younger, hipper audience.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine (@Franklinavenue)

Westminster Dog Show Now Accepting Mutts 8 MIN, 25 SEC

One of the world’s most premier dog shows has announced a major change: Purebreds are no longer the only dogs allowed. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, currently underway in New York, allowed mix-breed dogs to compete in this weekend’s competition.

Guests:
Billy Wheeler, Dog Show Poop

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