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An Olympic Primer from NPR

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jul 27, 2012 12:20 PM

The 2012 Summer Olympics are here. Coverage of the games will be ongoing within Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition on witf.  I picked out a few stories from NPR leading up to the start of this summer's games: 

  • Not near a television? You may be in luck to watch the games online via your tablet or smart-phone. Here is a story from Morning Edition on July 26th by Steve Hen detailing the technology that will make it happen.  Also NPR has a guide to the mobile apps available for your viewing pleasure.
  • Did you know the "Bugler's Dream" is the name of the Olympic fanfare we commonly hear with television coverage? Take a listen to the "Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music" which aired on All Things Considered, to hear what other music is associated with the games.
  • Any Olympic primer isn't complete without checking in with the crew from NPR's Planet Money. Read through their blog entry explaining Olympic Economics.
  • Do you miss "Live Pigeon Shooting" as part of the summer games? I would be surprised to hear that since it hasn't been part of the Olympics since 1900. NPR's blog "The Torch" details some of the games you will not see or hear about over the next few weeks.


Besides updates during NPR's news programs, you can also follow NPR's The Torch with frequent updates. Also, if you're on twitter you can follow @nprolympics for the latest news.

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