Last September, Dick spoke to software designer Vasu Kulkarni, who started Krossover, a company that tracks and analyzes statistics of high school and college basketball teams. Dick checks in and finds business booming.
The podcast City Hardwood has been chronicling the year at New York City’s Abraham Lincoln High School, an incubator of basketball talent. Ethan Telfair, a junior point guard, lets us eavesdrop on what he and his team have seen this season.
Ramogi Huma was recruited to play Division I football and saw student athletes struggle to pay grocery and medical bills. He talks with Dick Gordon about what it's like to be a student-athlete, and whether they should receive stipends.
There was talk in 2010 that the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron Ohio, might end its 75 year tradition of hosting the national event. The organizers were in debt. The bank called a loan. Now a group of Akron’s business leaders are putting together new funding to keep next month’s event alive
Roller derby has a proud history as an American sport that's been played since the 1920s. It's one of the few high-powered contacts sports that put women in the spotlight. Judy Sowinski, also known as the Polish Ace, coaches the Penn-Jersey She-Devils in Philadelphia.
Jonathan David created a lucrative career for himself shooting prime-time TV commercials for companies like Pepsi and Adidas. He grew up poor and his father instilled a mantra in him to work hard for a better future. Jonathan says that's what he did, and then some. But when he got divorce and the recession followed, Jonathan found himself paying out more than he made. He talks to Dick Gordon about how he's reevaluating his relationship with money. Also: a story from our series about when politicsa becomes personal. This one is about meeting Richard J. Daley.
Luke Tipple, a marine biologist, grew up swimming and diving off the coast of southern Australia. He knows how to get the upper hand with a shark in the water, and has been hired by long distance swimmer Diana Nyad to protect her on a swim from Cuba to Florida.
Ivan Johnson, a San Antonio native, didn’t get along with his coaches. He got into fights, and when Dick spoke with him in 2008, he’d played for four colleges and a team in the NBA’s developmental league.