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As more world records are falling in London, will athletes continue to be “faster, higher and stronger” as called for by the Olympic motto? Also, Goldman Sachs is off the hook and a drought has slashed crop production and pushed up food prices.

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg
Anna Scott
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Can We Keep Getting Faster, Better, Stronger? 37 MIN, 15 SEC

Every four years, the world focuses on Olympic athletes. The pressure is on—for the Gold, instead of the Silver or Bronze—with the expectation of world record performances.  How much longer can this go on? 

The demands on Olympic athletes are more than physical: they are psychological.  And, now that sports are a multi-billion dollar business, they’re economic as well.  Will human beings always be able to be “faster, higher and stronger”--or are we approaching the limits of the human species? 


Guests:
Peter Weyand, Associate Professor of Applied Physiology and Biomechanics at Southern Methodist University
Jeff Peakall, Environmental fluid dynamics researcher at the University of Leeds, and Director of the Sorby Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Janice Forsyth, Director of the International Center for Olympic Studies at Western University in Ontario Canada (@countryclubu)
Sian Beilock, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and author of "Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To” (@sianbeilock)
John Hoberman, University of Texas at Austin

Reporter's Notebook Goldman Sachs Sold ‘Crap’ but Escapes Prosecution in Subprime Mortgage Mess 6 MIN, 9 SEC

After a bi-partisan report 635 pages long, angry US Senators demanded a criminal investigation of Goldman Sachs. That was a year ago. Yesterday, the Obama Justice Department said it could not find the evidence needed to prove a crime.

Guests:
Peter Goodman, Huffington Post (@petersgoodman)

Making News Drought Slashes Crop Production, Pushes Up Food Prices 7 MIN, 36 SEC

The Agriculture Department reported today that his year’s corn yield is the lowest since 1995, resulting from the nation’s worst drought in 56 years. Corn prices have set a record, which could mean higher fuel prices, and there’s concern about food shortages elsewhere in the world. 

Guests:
Bruce Babcock, Iowa State University

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