Writer, podcaster and track and field fan Malcolm Gladwell joins the show to give his impressions of the Olympics.
Gladwell discusses the Galen Rupp’s bronze medal in the men’s marathon (2:30), the success of the Nike Oregon Project (4:45), why he prefers the World Championships to the Olympics (9:00), track shooting itself in the foot (13:45), the tactics of Mo Farah and Matthew Centrowitz (22:30), why Centrowitz should try the 5000m (27:50), the quirkiness of the men’s 1500m final (32:30), Almaz Ayana’s 10,000m world record (34:45), the future of Usain Bolt (39:30), women’s world records in track and field (46:00), the Caster Semenya debate (48:00), solving problems when he runs (1:01:00) and the potential of Clayton Murphy (1:03:00).
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-Gladwell and Nick Thompson’s New Yorker posts about the Olympics.
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