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August 15, 2008

Swimming for Life


The U.S. swim team is racking up medal after medal in Beijing and Adolph Kiefer is cheering them on. He had a hand in inventing much of the equipment professional swimmers use, and he himself knows how it feels to bring home the gold: Adolph Kiefer won the 100-meter backstroke for the U.S. at the 1936 Games in Berlin.

Adolph's competitive career was cut short by World War II, but that that didn't stop him from dedicating his life to swimming. From teaching Navy sailors how to survive in shark-infested waters, to designing the first nylon swimsuit and cutting-edge water rescue gear, Kiefer's name has always been synonymous with the sport of swimming.

Adolph talks with guest host Aaron Henkin about his life in the water and what winning at the Olympics more than seven decades ago means to him now.


Abel Lozano and his family were knee-deep in debt when Abel's father finally declared bankruptcy and moved the family from Ohio to Texas to start a new life. Along the way, the family stopped at a McDonald's in Arkansas. That innocent little lunch break led to a totally unexpected confrontation with the police.

Abel Lozano talks with Dick about how the confrontation came to an embarrassing end - for both the police and the Lozano family.


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