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Olympic Fever


The feeling is uncontrollable and comes about every couple of years when athletes around the world convene on one city in their quest for glory. For some reason, you can't stop devouring the news and watching the events. For several weeks, you can't get enough. It's clear: You've got a case of Olympic Fever.

Now there's a show that can help. Welcome to Olympic Fever, the podcast for fans of the greatest sporting event in the world: The Olympic Games.

Each week, hosts Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown explore the stories of the Olympics through its sports, athletes, officials, organizers, host cities, fans and more.

New episodes come out every Thursday right here, and on your favorite podcast platform. Join us for all the fun and grandness that is the Olympic Games.

Citius, Altius, Feverrius! 

Jul 26, 2018

(show picture courtesy of Archivo Pedro Ramírez Vázquez)

We're reporting in from the Podcast Movement conference, where we're learning a ton of ways to improve our show and do more fun things with you, our listeners! Thanks to the listeners who donated during our PyeongChang 2018 donation campaign--some of those funds helped defray the cost of the conference, and we really appreciate your help because this week has been so beneficial to us! Also, welcome to our new listeners whom we met at the conference!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Mexico City 1968 Olympics, and on today's show we start exploring its Cultural Olympiad celebrations. Gustavo Morales-Cirión of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. walks contributor Ben Jackson through its exhibit "Constructing Mexico68," which looks at the venues and sculptures (and Raquel Welch videos) of these Games.

The exhibit is open until August 15, so if you're in the DC area, check it out (note: it's a pretty small exhibit). The institute is located at:

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

It's open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. If the door is locked, ring the buzzer.

If you want to know more about Ruta de la Amistad, the organization Gustavo mentioned, check out their website, Mexico68.org.

Gustavo also talked about the "Judas statues," these papier-mache cartonería sculptures that Pedro Linares made for outside the venue. They are pretty amazing -- check out some of them here, and see the last remaining one here.

Team Olympic Fever member Lauren Gibbs will be speaking at TedX Pasadena! Find out more information here.

We also talked about the U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearings on an anti-doping bill. Here's a list of representatives on the committee who you can contact to let them know your thoughts.

Next week is our Book Club episode, where Book Club Claire will be back to discuss our first selection, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Drop us an email, tweet or Facebook page post to let us know what you thought of it!

Also, we're going to do some on location episodes on rowing and judo, so if you have questions about those sports, we want to hear them!