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The official NBC Olympics podcast, from Vox Media and NBC Sports Group. Join us for insider coverage during the 17 intense days of competition at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. In the run-up to opening ceremonies, hear in-depth interviews with your favorite Winter Olympians. Plus, explorations of host country South Korea’s culture, history, and more from industry experts.
||CleanA Paralympic Winter Games Preview||The Paralympic Games start March 8th. In this episode, host Lauren Shehadi looks at how advances in technology have created better prosthetics, which have made it possible for more athletes to compete in the Paralympic Games.||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Chef David Chang and Lucia Cho on the splendor and complexity of Korean food||NBC Olympics Special Correspondent Chef David Chang is the founder of the Momofuku Restaurant Group and just opened Majordomo in Los Angeles. Lucia Cho is the CEO of Seoul's Bicena and the Michelin three-starred Gaon. They talked with host Lauren Shehadi about the diversity and traditions of Korean food, and what to eat in Pyeonchang, host city of the 2018 Winter Games.||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 16: Mike Tirico reflects on the 2018 Games; a meeting between North and South Koreans||Host Mike Tirico reflects on his first time hosting primetime Olympic coverage, the U.S. women’s hockey team's gold medal game, and the Games's impact on diplomatic relations between North and South Korea. Plus The Podium team tells the story of chance meeting between North Korean cheerleaders and two young South Koreans at the Games.||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 15: Maame Biney and Norway's dominance||Speedskater Maame Biney and her father, Kweku, stop by the studio to talk about Biney's favorite experiences at the 2018 Games, and what she hopes will be different for 2022. Plus, a look at what led to Norway's dominance in PyeongChang, as the country has now earned the most medals in Winter Olympic history.||2/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 14: Maia and Alex Shibutani; Describing the Olympics for the visually impaired||Bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani tell The Podium what made their ice dancing routine successful, their sibling dynamic, and what’s next after taking home the only U.S. medal for individual figure skating. Plus, how announcers call Olympic events for the visually impaired.||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 13: Behind-the-Olympic-scenes with an alternate and freeskiing judge||Reporter Tim Struby introduces us to bobsled alternate Briauna Jones, who tells us about her difficult journey to the Olympics -- and her struggle since she arrived. Plus, a men’s ski halfpipe judge explains the judging process, how he takes notes while simultaneously watching runs and why some judges must recuse themselves from competition.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 12: Facing their fears -- how Olympians come back from major injuries||Many events at the Winter Games involve high speeds, so when athletes get injured, it can be really gruesome. Oftentimes, it’s just a few months between a major injury and a medal-winning event. How do these athletes heal, physically and emotionally? Speed skater J.R. Celski tells The Podium about his difficult injury, and how he overcame his fears to get back into the rink.||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 11: Adam Rippon, the Olympic diet, studying on the slopes||Adam Rippon is here! The figure skater tells Lauren Shehadi why the Olympics is an opportunity to challenge stereotypes about LGBTQ athletes, discusses his friendship with Gus Kenworthy, and tells us why he feels like the winner of the Winter Olympics. Then, the Podium examines the Olympic diet: what's the best food to eat for athletic fuel? Finally, Tom Farrey takes a look at a program designed to maximize Olympians’ training time.||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 10: All in the (Olympic) family; Vermont’s Olympic pedigree||The Podium follows the fiancé of an Olympic speedskater as he watches the race from the sidelines, and copes with the stress. Plus, Katie Couric has the story of how a small town in Vermont has sent a resident to nearly every Winter Olympics since 1984.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 9: Nathan Chen's rebound; Jonny Moseley's influence||Nathan Chen tells host Lauren Shehadi how he bounced back to make Olympic history, and talks about the NBA players who influence him. Jonny Mosley reflects on his Olympic career and takes a hard look at the weather's impact on the 2018 Games. Finally, we look at how Danny Davis has taken his passion for snowboarding and applied it to film.||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 8: Gus Kenworthy empowers LGBTQ athletes; Devin Logan takes on slopestyle||Gus Kenworthy shares how he calms his parents' nerves when he competes in slopestyle, and explains why being out of the closet at the Olympics is a tremendous opportunity. Plus, Devin Logan breaks down freeskiing, the innovations that changed the sport, and why it’s known as a rebellious discipline.||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 7: Mikaela Shiffrin falls short; Vonetta Flowers and black athletes at the Winter Olympics||Host Lauren Shehadi takes us to women's slalom, where alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin fails to win a medal in her second event in two days in PyeongChang, And The Podium takes a hard look at race and winter sports, with Vonetta Flowers, the first black athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 6: The Shib Sibs, pairs, and a crash course in sliding sports||Scott Hamilton explains what makes the Shib Sibs so successful, with a close look at the complicated relationships in figure skating and ice dancing pairs. After a brief cameo from an enthusiastic pairs figure skating fan club, host Lauren Shehadi get a crash course in sliding sports (bobsled, luge, and skeleton) from Lewis Johnson, who also breaks down Chris Mazdzer’s silver medal run.||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 5: The unified Korean hockey team and life inside North Korea; Mary Carillo||After a brief cameo from Gold medalist Chloe Kim, the Podium talks to longtime NBC Olympics broadcaster Mary Carillo about breaking gender barriers in sports reporting, her favorite Olympic moments, and the significance of the unified Korean women's hockey team. Then the team heads to the Korean team's game against Sweden, to talk to unified flag-waving fans about the historic moment. Finally, NBC News correspondent Keir Simmons takes us inside North Korea.||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 4: Shaun White, Jamie Anderson and her best friend, Julia Mancuso||Jamie Anderson and her best friend and fellow gold medalist, Julia Mancuso, discuss their friendship, plus Shaun White shares what it is like to be the “old man” on the slopes, his love of skateboarding and more.||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 3: Chef David Chang is on a mission to understand curling||Guest host David Chang, special correspondent for NBC Olympics, is flummoxed by curling. What are the rules? How do curlers train? Is there alcohol involved? In an effort to better understand the game, he sends Tim Struby to learn the ins and outs of the sport, attends a curling match, and interviews a world champion curler.||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 2: Red Gerard’s slopestyle Gold, and the fight for women’s ski jumping||Meet 17-year-old Red Gerard, who just won the first U.S. gold medal in PyeongChang, and his exuberant family, who watched the run with our reporter Tim Struby. Plus, Katie Couric returns to examine how women’s ski jumping got to be an Olympic sport.||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 1: Tara and Johnny join Primetime, and a shift in snowboarding||Stars on and off the ice, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir discuss their journey to Primetime and how the sport of figure skating has changed. Plus, diving into a surprise in the snowboarding world after two superstars, Sage Kostenberg and Kaitlyn Farrington, left the sport — and what they’re up to now.||2/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay 0: Katie Couric previews the Opening Ceremony||Opening Ceremony co-host Katie Couric discusses what to expect from the broadcast (8:30 ET, NBC), the unified team of North and South Korea, and her interview with figure skating star Nathan Chen. We'll also take a look back at some pivotal moments in Olympic history, and at how the Winter Games have evolved from 1924 to today.||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing The Podium: Daily Coverage from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games||The first NBC Olympics podcast from the world's biggest sporting event. Join the team covering the Winter Games from the ground in PyeongChang. Hosts Lauren Shehadi and Tom Farrey, with reporter Tim Struby, bring you daily competition updates and the stories behind the games. And K-pop, of course. Lots of K-pop.||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntel and Innovation: How technology is changing the Olympics (Sponsored)||In this episode sponsored by Intel, Rob Simmelkjaer sits down with Intel chief strategy officer Aicha Evans and Intel Sports director David Aufhauser to discuss the technological advancements Intel is implementing at the Winter Olympics, how virtual reality has become a cornerstone of the company's initiatives and the esports exhibition happening in PyeongChang.||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreak the Ice: How Nathan Chen, U.S. Women’s Hockey changed the game||The Podium takes a journey back to Nathan Chen’s prediction about making the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and how the young wunderkid has mastered five quadruple jumps, something that has never been done at the Winter Olympics. Plus, the U.S. women’s hockey team reflects on the 1998 team that sparked their interest in the game and why the U.S.-Canada rivalry ramped up in 2002.||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest of US: American Athletes to Watch in PyeongChang||Ahead of the Opening Ceremony, The Podium profiles four American all-star Olympians to watch in PyeongChang. Olympic medalist Christin Cooper, New Yorker staff writer Nick Paumgarten, and snowboarding pioneer Todd Richards discuss the rise of revolutionary skiier Mikaela Shiffrin, downhill master Lindsey Vonn, longtime snowboarding star Shaun White, and snowboarding maverick Chloe Kim.||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSnowboarding, From the Fringes to the Olympic Games||The Podium examines how snowboarding evolved and gained popularity in the U.S. and made its way into the Olympics. Plus, why there will never be another Shaun White and how Kelly Clark catapulted to the national scene.||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo Chill: How "Tropical" Athletes Pursue the Winter Olympics||No snow, no problem: more than 25 nations competing in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are considered tropical countries. In Episode 1, Tim Struby set out to examine why a generation of "tropical" athletes decided to focus on the Winter Olympics, delve into the influence of the movie "Cool Runnnings," and learn about some of the challenges that "tropical" Olympians face along their journey to PyeongChang.||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Podium: Get Ready for the Games||Get ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics with NBC Sports and Vox Media. All this month, The Podium will introduce you to athletes to watch in the lead up to PyeongChang in February.||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVox Media Preview of The Podium: Recode Media with Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir||--||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVox Media Preview of The Podium: The Ezra Klein Show on what life is like in North Korea||The most important story in the world right now is how real the chance of war with North Korea is — and how cataclysmic such a war would be. Part of the reason the risk of war is so real is that our understanding of North Korea is so sparse. "The Hermit Kingdom" is a world unto itself; a land of deprivation, of lunacy, of tyranny, of delusion. We have no diplomatic relations, no trade, no cross-cultural exchanges. We don't understand Kim Jong Un, we don't understand his people, and they don't understand us. And so, ignorant, we lurch towards the possibility of nuclear war built atop mutual miscomprehension. The best view we have into life in North Korea is Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy: The Ordinary Lives of North Koreans. Demick was the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Seoul and Beijing, and she found herself obsessed with this country she couldn't cover and couldn't understand. So she began talking to the people who had left it, the refugees who escaped across the DMZ. She began asking them to reconstruct their lives, to tell her what it was like, to make everyday life in North Korea intelligible. And they did. They told her what it was like to grow up, and to fall in love, and to go to school, and to have dinner, and to flee. They told her what it was like to build new lives, to remember past friends, to know their family was in a place they could never visit again, to hear the rest of the world fear and pity the place they had once called home. This conversation is about North Korea, but it's also about North Koreans — about what it's like to live in the most closed society on earth, about what they know and don't know of the outside world, about how their existence can be both ordinary and extraordinary, about what would happen to them if there was a war. And this is a conversation about what we need to know about North Korea, about how the country's past informs its present, about what Demick would tell Trump if he would just listen.||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVox Media Preview of The Podium: Worldly on the geopolitics of the Winter Olympics||In a special Olympics-themed episode of Worldly, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack look at how global politics will shape next year’s Winter Games in South Korea in a way that hasn’t been seen since the height of the Cold War. The International Olympic Committee has already banned Russia because of a massive doping scandal, and the nuclear standoff with North Korea could make some countries jittery about sending athletes to the games. Add it all together, and you have the potential for an Olympics like no other. Plus, Jenn confesses to a passionate love of figure skating, Zack argues for taking the world’s guns and giving them to Olympic biathletes, and Yochi makes the case for why skeleton is the only sport you should watch.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVox Media Preview of The Podium: I Think You're Interesting featuring Chang Rae Lee||Chang Rae Lee’s books include “Native Speaker,” “Aloft,” and “The Surrendered,” for which he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His most recent book is “On Such A Full Sea,” a cool, sci-fi dystopia. It was published in 2014. His novels tackle some of the most important themes in American life today, including immigration, life after war, and even the divided Korean Peninsula. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of three. His home country has been in the news a lot lately. And we’ll be hearing about it for more cheerful reasons in February, when South Korea hosts the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He spoke to Vox's Todd VanDerWerff for this episode of Vox Media's "I Think You're Interesting."||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing The Podium||Introducing The Podium, an insider look into the 17 intense days of competition at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. In the run-up to opening ceremonies, hear in-depth interviews with your favorite Winter Olympians, explorations of host country South Korea’s culture, history, and more from industry experts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform for automatic download.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Lots of good pre-Olympics content to get you psyched up, and daily updates from the games!
Remember to cover Dog Meat
South Korea is a dog eating country. Millions of dogs & cats are tortured & killed every year. The videos/pictures are horrible. They’ll seer your brain. President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in has done absolutely about it. Ghandi once said “the greatness of a nation & it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated.” South Korea’s underbelly is not so far from their cousin North Korea.
I know they don’t choose guests by how entertaining they are to listen to, but I’d hope the host would at least make up for a boring monotone guest. He doesn’t. I listen to a lot of tech news podcasts, and none are as bleak, boring, and monotone as this. They need to get some enthusiasm and lighten up. Have a drink pre-show!