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Athens Olympics with Philip Hersh

Records are already falling at the 2004 Olympics, and the Games are still several months away. Philip Hersh, who writes for the Chicago Tribune and has been covering the Olympic games for more than 25 years has just returned from Athens and joins us for an update.

Remembering Bannister's Mile

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On Thursday, exactly fifty years after the start of the mile race in which Roger Bannister ran the world's first sub four minute mile, athletes approached the starting line on the same track, Oxford's Iffley Road, for a mile race. As runners began the final lap, Bannister himself rang the same bell used in 1954 and, just as it happened a half a century ago, only one runner circled the track four times in less than four minutes. As Karen Given reports, athletes in England weren't the only ones this week remembering Bannister's achievement.

Competitve Chomper Cries Uncle

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The Popcorn Sarcophagus claims its first victim.

NHL Conference Finals

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This year the NHL's conference finals do not include the usual suspects Detroit, Colorado, Dallas and New Jersey. San Jose? Calgary? Tampa Bay? Who are these guys? Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times will help us find out.

Money for School Sports

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The recent improvement of an otherwise sagging economy has been of little help to many of this country's schools. Cash-strapped school districts have cut back on teachers, libraries and athletic programs. We'll look at how high school athletic programs are being funded- or not funded- and what both athletes and the communities they live in are doing to raise some much needed money.

Spidergate and more with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and "Only A Game" analyst Charlie Pierce discus: The humbling of the Lakers, the no-longer-bumbling-at-the-gate Brewers, and the grumbling caused by Spider Man.

The Black Prince of Baseball

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Donald Dewey and Nicholas Acocella talk about their new book, "The Black Prince of Baseball: Hal Chase and the Mythology of the Game."

This program aired on May 8, 2004.

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