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Author Interview
3:51 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

How To Compete Like A Winner

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's book "Top Dog."

Ross Reynolds sits down with Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman to talk about competition and their book, "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing."

This interview originally aired on March 5, 2013.

Sochi Olympics
9:42 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Olympic Events Kick Off Under Shadow Of Security Concerns

The morning sun shines on a different kind of Olympic rings at the games in Sochi, Russia.
Robert Smith NPR

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:06 am

Olympic competition began under gorgeous blue skies Thursday in Sochi, with snowboarders soaring in a new event for the games — slopestyle. Boarders performed the remarkable tricks and twists that make slopestyle a thrill to watch. American Chas Guldemond placed fifth in the first heat, qualifying him for Saturday's semifinals.

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Super Bowl Parade
1:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Seattle Celebrates Seahawks’ Super Bowl Victory

An estimated 700,000 Seahawks fans gathered for the Super Bowl parade on Wednesday.
Flickr Photo/Anne and Tim

A sea of fans flooded downtown Seattle on Wednesday as the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade crawled its way from Seattle Center to CenturyLink Field.

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City Investment
4:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Does A Super Bowl Victory Boost The Economy?

Tom McMaster, of Just Sports in Alderwood Mall, hangs more "12th Man" uniforms. The success of the team has made them hot commodities.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It feels great to win the Super Bowl, especially if you sell beer, T-shirts or season tickets. But that's not what people mean when they talk about a boost to the region's economy. And when you consider the businesses that will close for Wednesday's parade and the employees who will disappear to see that parade, there may even be a downside to winning the Super Bowl.

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Super Bowl Victory
10:56 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Seahawks Say They Figured Out Manning's Signals

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during Sunday's Super Bowl. Some players on the Seattle Seahawks say they studied his hand signals. That helped them shut down the Broncos defense, they say.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Here's a window into why the Seattle Seahawks' defense so thoroughly dominated the Denver Broncos' offense during Sunday's Super Bowl, which Seattle won 43-8.

Yes, it certainly seems as if Seattle's players were just bigger and faster and played better.

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Competitive Edge
7:56 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Coach From Tacoma Helps U.S. Olympians Play Mental Game

File photo of Team USA goaltender Molly Schaus
Sara Melikian Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:47 pm

The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks had one. Professional baseball teams have them. And the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team found one in Tacoma: a "mental skills" coach.

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Shout Out
4:10 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

What Does The Seahawks’ Super Bowl Win Mean To You?

Seahawks fans celebrated in Seattle after the Super Bowl victory on Sunday.
Flickr Photo/Trevor Dykstra

Steve Scher and Marcie Sillman chat with Crosscut's Knute Berger and listeners about what the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl title means to them and to the city.

Super Bowl
4:07 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Managing A Team 'The Pete Carroll' Way

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined the organization in 2010.
Flickr Photo/Russell Wilson

Marcie Sillman talks with Rob Asghar, Forbes' contributing writer and management and communications consultant, about the leadership style of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

Super Bowl
8:55 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Super Bowl Revelers Celebrate Around Seattle

Seattle fans celebrated in Pioneer Square near CenturyLink Field after the Seahawks' victory
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

Thousands of Seahawks fans in Seattle took to the streets to celebrate the team's first Super Bowl win Sunday night.

While the celebrations were largely peaceful, fans in the University District near Greek row used furniture to start bonfires. The Seattle Times reported one arrest in the area.

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Seattle Champions
7:13 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Seattle Dominates Denver To Win Its First Super Bowl

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson stiff-arms Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey on Sunday during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 6:52 am

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday night, the first Super Bowl victory in the team's history.

The game got off to an odd start on the first play from scrimmage when Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball past quarterback Peyton Manning, who was walking up to the line and didn't have his hands ready. That set the tone for the trouncing the Broncos would receive over the course of the night at the hands of the voracious Seahawks.

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Olympic Games
12:25 am
Mon February 3, 2014

The Games Are A Great Party, But Not A Great Investment

Graffiti covers a vent adjacent to the Athens Olympic Stadium in this photo from Feb. 18, 2012. Expenditures on the 2004 Athens Summer Games contributed to the country's debt load, which sparked the current economic crisis.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:02 pm

NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro, in London, and Joanna Kakissis, in Athens, teamed up for this joint look at Olympics economics.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are just a few days away. Russia has spent $50 billion on everything from construction to security, making these the most expensive games in history.

Countries often justify the Olympic-sized price tag by saying the investment pays off in increased business and tourism.

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Super Bowl
3:30 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Serious Question: Are You Ready For Some Football?

The KUOW staff celebrates Blue Friday.
KUOW Photo/Geoff Vlcek

Seahawks fever, 12th man frenzy, pure football mania: Call it what you will, but the majority of our town has been buzzing with enthusiasm. Friends of KUOW talk about what it feels like to have a Super Bowl-bound team.

Week in Review
2:26 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

News From Olympia, State Of The Union, And Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Flickr Photo/Joe Parks

State lawmakers signal progress on the DREAM Act. President Barack Obama's outlines his goals in his State of the Union address. And the 12th man gets ready for Super Bowl XLVIII. 

We talk over these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and political reporter Robert Mak.

Interviews
9:22 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

Billie Jean King, seen here in 1977, learned to play tennis on the public courts near her Long Beach, Calif., home.
Kathy Willens AP/Press Association Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 1:08 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Sept. 12, 2013.

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Olympic Security
8:39 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Departing Northwest Olympians Confident They'll Be Safe In Sochi

File photo of the Roza Khutor Alpine Resort, site of the alpine skiing events for the Sochi Games.
Sergei Kazantsev Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 5:33 pm

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin next week amid persistent concerns about security.

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