Photo: Bryan Fogel experiments with doping. (Courtesy of Netflix)
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Google fired James Damore on Monday for writing that “biological reasons” are partially why more women don’t work in tech. His memo and subsequent ousting have become a cultural flashpoint, and spawned a week’s worth of think pieces. Liberals see Google’s decision as a step toward ending Silicon Valley’s reputation for rampant sexism. Conservatives see it as further evidence of a liberal echo chamber that silences free speech.
Bryan Fogel wanted to find out how Lance Armstrong never failed a drug test despite doping. He found a Russian scientist who told him how to do it to himself. Then he helped reveal a massive doping scandal. He tells the story in a new first-person documentary called “Icarus.”
Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov (left) comes to LA to collect Fogel's
urine samples to bring back to Russia, to make sure they're tested clean in his lab.
Bryan Fogel experiments with doping.
Bryan Fogel trains for an amateur bike race.
Photos courtesy of Netflix
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