Pop Culture Happy Hour: Sports, Zazz And Commerce At The Winter Olympics

Feb 14, 2018

When we invited our buddy Sam Sanders, of the It's Been A Minute podcast, to talk to us about the Winter Olympics, we didn't even remember that in 2014, he helped NPR cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi. As it turned out, in addition to his usual insight and thoughtfulness, Sam possesses relevant experience!

In this episode, we talk about Glen's distaste for the Winter Olympics (like the Summer Olympics without swimming and with more parkas), Sam's memories of just how complicated a logistical endeavor the Olympics really can be, and the "temporary city-states" that have to be built. (If you're interested in the darker side of these things from a safety perspective, don't miss this piece from Jeff Passan, which I mention.)

In the wake of great athletes like Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon — and, since we taped, Chloe Kim — also making such a splash with their appeal and press-friendliness, Sam talks about how athletes go out of their way, or don't, to make themselves available to reporters. We discuss the tension between our ingrained cynicism and our desire to just yell, "SLOPESTYLE!" We advocate for less commentary of higher quality, fewer droids to terrify Stephen, and sports where we can tell what's going on and whether people are competing well or disastrously. (We freely admit this is our lack of understanding.)

All this, plus talk about "twizzles."

Follow Sam on Twitter, and listen to It's Been A Minute. And on Friday, we'll be back to talk about a film you may have heard of that goes by the name Black Panther.

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