Sports

Poet and essayist Ross Gay shares stories of joy and theorizes that the experience of joy might possibly be the best tool for uniting and depolarizing us as a people.

from Life Examined

Plus, how “Madame Web” is symptomatic of Sony’s much bigger superhero problem.

from The Business

The pop star’s romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is bringing even more eyeballs to America’s most watched TV event.

Taylor Swift is making the Super Bowl even more popular

The pop star’s romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is bringing even more eyeballs to America’s most watched TV event.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The 20-minute “In Living Color” special from 1992 paved the way for a modern Super Bowl halftime show. It featured young stars such as Jim Carey and Damon Wayans.

Thank ‘In Living Color’ for modern-day Super Bowl halftime

The 20-minute “In Living Color” special from 1992 paved the way for a modern Super Bowl halftime show. It featured young stars such as Jim Carey and Damon Wayans.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Right-wing provocateurs have lasered their sights on Taylor Swift as part of a conspiracy theory involving a rigged Super Bowl and an endorsement for Joe Biden.

Trump supporters accuse Taylor Swift of being part of Super Bowl conspiracy

Right-wing provocateurs have lasered their sights on Taylor Swift as part of a conspiracy theory involving a rigged Super Bowl and an endorsement for Joe Biden.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers hired Jim Harbaugh as their new head coach. His older brother John’s Baltimore Ravens take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

Harbaugh hope? Chargers go all in on new head coach

The NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers hired Jim Harbaugh as their new head coach. His older brother John’s Baltimore Ravens take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Stanford University’s Tara VanDerveer has broken the all-time record for the amount of games any college basketball coach has won — man or woman. How did she do it?

Tara VanDerveer becomes winningest coach in college hoops history

Stanford University’s Tara VanDerveer has broken the all-time record for the amount of games any college basketball coach has won — man or woman. How did she do it?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The New York Jets quarterback is injured, giving him lots of time to spout anti-vax and Epstein Island conspiracies.

Why all-star QB Aaron Rodgers is increasingly dabbling in conspiracies

The New York Jets quarterback is injured, giving him lots of time to spout anti-vax and Epstein Island conspiracies.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Authors Katherine May and Bonnie Tsui share their love of water and swimming, from freezing mid-winter plunges to the history and draw of the water’s edge.

The wonder of water — and why we love to swim

Authors Katherine May and Bonnie Tsui share their love of water and swimming, from freezing mid-winter plunges to the history and draw of the water’s edge.

from Life Examined

Are Nikki Haley and Ron Desantis running for 2028? Plus, looming changes to Title IX are sparking intense debates over the future of women’s sports.

Can GOP candidates close gap on Trump ahead of first caucus?

Are Nikki Haley and Ron Desantis running for 2028? Plus, looming changes to Title IX are sparking intense debates over the future of women’s sports.

from Left, Right & Center

Michigan will face Washington in the College Football Playoff National Championship. What to expect from that game, plus the NFL playoffs?

Football season heats up with NFL and college championships

Michigan will face Washington in the College Football Playoff National Championship. What to expect from that game, plus the NFL playoffs?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

After six years in Anaheim, the Japanese baseball phenom will play for the Los Angeles Dodgers after signing a 10-year, $700 million contract.

Shohei Ohtani leaves LA Angels, signs record-breaking deal with Dodgers

After six years in Anaheim, the Japanese baseball phenom will play for the Los Angeles Dodgers after signing a 10-year, $700 million contract.

from Greater LA

Japanese baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani is joining the LA Dodgers with a 10-year, $700 million contract. It’s one of the largest deals in sports history.

‘He’s like a superhero’: LA celebrates Shohei Ohtani joining Dodgers

Japanese baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani is joining the LA Dodgers with a 10-year, $700 million contract. It’s one of the largest deals in sports history.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Hall of Fame’s class of 10 includes a range of artists, athletes, and developers. Some of the inductees’ ties to the county are loose, at best.

Orange County creates Hall of Fame, announces inaugural inductees

The Hall of Fame’s class of 10 includes a range of artists, athletes, and developers. Some of the inductees’ ties to the county are loose, at best.

from Greater LA

Diana Nyad’s dream was to swim from Cuba to Florida. She failed when she was 28, then retired, and at age 60, decided to try again. A new Netflix film tells her story.

‘She's not afraid to want something desperately’: Understanding Diana Nyad’s complexity

Diana Nyad’s dream was to swim from Cuba to Florida. She failed when she was 28, then retired, and at age 60, decided to try again. A new Netflix film tells her story.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

What’s up with the Dodgers? Despite winning 100 games during the regular season, again, the Dodgers’ were eliminated in the first round, again.

Is there a Dodgers curse?

What’s up with the Dodgers? Despite winning 100 games during the regular season, again, the Dodgers’ were eliminated in the first round, again.

from Greater LA

After another 100-win season, the Boys in Blue got swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in their second first-round playoff elimination in two years.

The Dodgers fall apart in first round of playoffs

After another 100-win season, the Boys in Blue got swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in their second first-round playoff elimination in two years.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The South Central Run Club is using the sport to build up community and wellness in the neighborhood.

South Central Run Club offers neighborhood pride and wellness

The South Central Run Club is using the sport to build up community and wellness in the neighborhood.

from Greater LA

British long-distance walker Raynor Winn describes her 1000 mile walk from Scotland to the south of England.

A 1000 mile trek: Lessons in fortitude and healing from distance walker Raynor Winn

British long-distance walker Raynor Winn describes her 1000 mile walk from Scotland to the south of England.

from Life Examined

For the last 50 years, Robert Sanchez (a.k.a. Pnutman) has been a vendor at Dodger Stadium.

‘They're paying me to exercise’: Pnutman on 50 years as a Dodger Stadium vendor

For the last 50 years, Robert Sanchez (a.k.a. Pnutman) has been a vendor at Dodger Stadium.

from Greater LA