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Mind And Body: Head Injuries And What New Research Means For Football

For our series “Mind and Body”, Diane and her guests discuss the latest science on head injuries and how to best protect players.

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Manhood, Football And Tragedy

Funeral services were held for Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins this week. Belcher fatally shot Perkins before killing himself in front of his coach. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the tragedy and whether it says something larger about the culture of professional sports.
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To Trim Down, Spelman Trades Sports For Fitness

Officials at Spelman College, a historically black women's college in Atlanta, have decided to scrap the school's NCAA program. With few students participating in organized sports, the college has decided to devote those funds to a fitness program designed to reach the entire student body.
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Getting A Degree In Football?

College athletics and academics are often at odds. One professor says it's time to end the charade and let athletes major in what they love - sports. Host Michel Martin speaks with Professor David Pargman of Florida State University, about why he thinks his proposal is more honest than what colleges are currently doing.
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Trying To Understand Murder And Suicide

The sports world was shocked when Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then took his own life last weekend. His death is raising many questions, and has people wondering what leads someone to take such extreme measures. Host Michel Martin speaks with psychologist Thomas Joiner, author of the book Myths About Suicide.
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Redskins' Robert Griffin III Makes Hall Of Fame

Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III secured a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, after setting a record in last Monday night's game against the Giants.

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How History Created The Cult Of The Catcher

Star 19th Century barehanded catcher Deacon White was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday. White played from 1871-1890, logging 2,067 hits in 1,560 games. He gained fame in the days when catchers wore no gear and the job required a substantial amount of courage.

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