Rio de Janeiro

  • August 25, 2016  

    Katie Ledecky was one of the most triumphant athletes of the Rio Olympics. The 19-year-old swimmer overwhelmed her competition; in the 800-meter race, she finished nearly a pool length ahead of second place. Known for relentless training and humility, she will forego endorsement deals to attend Stanford University this fall. Margaret Warner met her in Bethesda, Maryland, at her high school pool. Continue reading

  • August 19, 2016  

    The Olympics conclude this weekend, but the news coming out of Rio is still nonstop. Four U.S. swimmers who said they had been robbed now admit fabricating their story, while Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt could earn his ninth career gold. Also, the Paralympics are in jeopardy due to budgetary issues. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Christine Brennan of USA Today and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro for details. Continue reading

  • August 18, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the fast-moving fire just 60 miles east of Los Angeles flared even more; 1500 firefighters are battling flames only 4 percent contained. The inferno has charred nearly 50 square miles since Tuesday and forced 82,000 to evacuate. Also, Amnesty International reports that 18,000 detainees have died in Syrian government prisons, while others suffered torture and disease. Continue reading

  • August 17, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Turkey announced plans to release nearly 40,000 prison inmates to clear space for a similar number detained over last month’s coup attempt. Depending on their remaining sentences, prisoners may qualify for early release, although the most violent criminals will not be eligible. Also, the White House pledged $17 million to help combat opioid and heroin abuse. Continue reading

  • August 14, 2016   BY and  

    The U.S. earned its 1000th Olympic gold medal Saturday night after the American women’s team won the 4×100 meter medley relay. Continue reading

  • August 12, 2016  

    They may not be winning gold, but their stories are certainly medal worthy. The first-ever Refugee Olympic Team is competing in Rio, stacked with athletes like 18-year-old Yusra Mardini, who saved herself and other Syrians stranded during a dangerous Aegean crossing. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, says that the team aims to counteract negative global sentiment toward refugees. Continue reading

  • August 11, 2016  

    On Friday, long-distance runner Alexi Pappas will compete in Rio in her first-ever Olympic race. But unlike many of her Olympic peers, Pappas does not put all her talent in one basket. In addition to training as a world-class runner, she is also a filmmaker, actress and poet, and she writes about what she knows: track. “As a storyteller, I want to tell stories that I can uniquely tell,” she says. Continue reading

  • August 8, 2016  

    Team USA has been living up to expectations during the first few days in Rio de Janeiro. Judy Woodruff speaks with USA Today’s Christine Brennan about initial U.S. achievements, criticism of Russian athletes in response to the doping scandal, how the city is handling the Games so far and what else we can expect from superstars such as Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles.
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  • August 6, 2016  

    The Olympic Games began in Rio de Janeiro yesterday and even though there are still problems with the economy and sewage where athletes swim or sail, the games may help restore national pride there after months of bad press. Dom Phillips of the Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading

  • August 5, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, authorities in Chicago released video footage of a car chase and altercation between police and black teenager Paul O’Neal, who was fatally shot. Reports indicate O’Neal was unarmed. Also, in South Africa, the African National Congress is facing its worst electoral loss since 1994, when it ended white-minority rule. A poor economy and alleged corruption drove the defeat. Continue reading

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