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Deep Dives into Science Stories, Both Serious and Eccentric
August 15, 2008 Arts & Culture


On today’s show, we investigate Olympic mysteries, from the flame of the torch to the composition of those so-called gold medals.

Photo of the Olympic rings with the sky in the background

Addicted to the Olympics? Take a break from too much video with 12 minutes of audio. On today’s show, we investigate Olympic mysteries, from the flame of the torch to the composition of those so-called gold medals. Next, we turn to one of the side stories at this year’s games: pollution. Of course, China isn’t the only country that has a problem with pollution. Producer Andrew Stelzer takes us to San Francisco to see how one group of citizens is taking air quality monitoring into their own hands. Element of the Week: Gold.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:12 Element of the Week: Gold
03:13 Mystery Solved! The Olympic Torch
06:01 Citizen Air Quality Monitoring
10:43 Quote: Albert Camus
11:03 Closing Credits

Resources and References

IOC Olympic Charter

National Geographic

United States Environmental Protection Agency 


A special thanks to Hilary Domush for researching the show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music is “Mr. Smith Goes to Hillsborough” by Podcast Troubadour, “Stuff Thief” by The Walking’ Walkers, and “Coloring Outside the Lines” by Psykosoul.

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