The Thrill of the Fight

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Original Air Date: 
May 03, 2015

Forget baseball. Boxing just might be our national sport. After all, the highest paid athlete in the country is a fighter. And a long awaited superfight between this generation's best boxers has earned millions in ticket sales. This hour, we explore the popularity and enduring appeal of combat sports.

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Writer Kerry Howley on the appeal of mixed martial arts.

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9:44
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Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a fighter in the moments before a fight? Here's one take, courtesy of writer Jonathan Gottschall.

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1:54
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Jonathan Gottschall is an English professor who trained for MMA – mixed martial arts – out of curiosity and wound up in the ring. Steve Paulson talked with him about why, and what it taught him about our relationship with violence.

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13:36
Shields (left) vs. Yenebier Guillén Benítez, 2015
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Claressa Shields has been boxing since she was 11 years old. Today she’s the world middleweight champion — earning gold medals in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics — and is the subject of the documentary “T-Rex.”

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8:08
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Dangerous Ideas

After spending time with a real-life superhero in Seattle called Phoenix Jones, author Jon Ronson wonders if people like him can actually fight crime.

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3:03
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Sabaa Tahir speaks about the inspiration behind her young adult debut.

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12:37
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August 01, 2019