Episode 44: “Boys in the Boat” with Book Club Claire

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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.

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