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.
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.
In the 80s, Don Stancavish played football for Hackettstown High School in rural New Jersey. Don caught the game-winning touchdown pass against his school's arch rival with just seconds on the clock. Twenty-four years later, the same ball he caught showed up in a package on his front porch.Also in this episode: stealing a dictionary.
There’s another winter pastime that demands stamina, long hours and patience: the work of the dog musher. Many are getting teams ready for the upcoming 390 mile long John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Today, we take you to the marathon with a special soundscape of the race from radio producer Curt Olson.
Dick speaks with Sheila Coleman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign about the way the British government dealt with a tragic incident in a Liverpool soccer stadium, and how it became a pivotal moment for people there. Two decades later, British Prime Minister David Cameron has apologized.