Born to Run

06.02.2013
(was 08.05.2012)

With the emergence of barefoot running, the sport suddenly is red hot again.  But barefoot or not, are human bodies really born to run?  We'll check in on the science or runner's high this hour, and try to unlock the secrets of the Kenyans - the fastest people on earth. Also, Olympic medalist John Carlos remembers the moment that turned him into a cultural icon at the '68 Games.

  1. John Carlos Becomes an Activist Icon at the '68 Olympics

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    The '68 Olympic games changed everything for John Carlos.  He and fellow runner Tommie Smith raised their fists in the black power salute on the podium in a moment that became known as the most defiant and controversial in Olympics history.

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  2. Dave Raichlen on the Science of Runner's High

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    If there is an evolutionary imperative for running, maybe runner's high holds a clue. Dave Raichlen conducted a study about runner's high using humans, dogs and ferrets. 

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  3. Gretchen Reynolds on Exercise Science

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    Most of us want to exercise smart, to get the most bang for our buck in the least amount of time. Gretchen Reynolds writes the Phys Ed column for the New York Times.  She’s compiled the latest in exercise science into the book “The First 20 Minutes" to help keep our work-outs working.

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  4. Adharanand Finn on Running with the Kenyans

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    Adharanand Finn had always been a runner. But when he started to train seriously after his child was born, he thought, why not go to Kenya, to run seriously and to try to unlock the secrets of speed. 

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