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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 podcast 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. Join us for all the fun and grandness that is the Olympic Games.

Citius, Altius, Feverrius! 

Aug 2, 2018

We're reviewing our first Olympic Fever Book Club selection, which means Book Club Claire is back! Claire Natsis joins us for a discussion of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, a moving take on the 1936 U.S. Men's Olympic 8-person rowing team.

If you want to watch the related PBS documentary "The Boys of '36," go to its PBS site. It's streaming there, but you might have to be a Passport member to view it (although the trailer and tons of clips are free on that site!). This page also has other streaming options, including iTunes, Amazon and Netflix.

Curious about Leni Riefenstahl's groundbreaking Olympic film "Olympia"? It's on YouTube:

Part 1: Festival of the Nations

Part 2: Festival of Beauty

Our next book club selection will be Lopez Lomong's Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games. We're excited to read a contemporary personal story--Lopez is still competing this season! We'll keep you posted on when we'll have our next book club discussion, but you'll have a couple of months to read the book.

Also on this episode, we have some great news on Team Olympic Fever member Jacqueline Simoneau, and we discuss Italy's multi-city 2026 Winter Olympic bid.