Boxers train at the Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba

‘The best is yet to come’: Cuban boxers make a professional comeback after 60-year ban is lifted


The Cuban government recently lifted a decadesold ban on professional boxing imposed by then-President Fidel Castro in 1962. This year, the Cuban boxing team “Los Domadores” made a triumphant professional debut on May 20 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

In ancient Greece, the heart and soul of the festival was the experience shared by all who attended.

What would the ancient Greeks think of an Olympics with no fans?

Three red, double-decker buses are shown driving on a nearly empty street that also includes a lone bicyclist.

US could become ‘coronavirus epicenter,’ UK locks down, Olympics postponed

South Africa's Caster Semenya is shown wearing a white running singlet and a bib with "Semenya" printed on it.

Champion runner Caster Semenya loses her appeal against testosterone rules


Special Guest: Diana Nyad

Arts, Culture & Media

Swifter, Higher, Stronger

Arts, Culture & Media

Athletes threw javelins at the ancient Olympic Games. But in recent years throwers have become so proficient that the javelin was redesigned to keep it from hitting runners at the other end of the stadium. From running shoes to swimsuits to discuses, the design of equipment is constantly challenging sports regulations. Steve Nelson has our […]

Soft Power

Arts, Culture & Media

China’s government has a strategy of using “soft power” to improve the country’s image — promoting the arts, building language schools abroad, and, of course, remaking Beijing itself for the 2008 Olympics. But it’s a strategy with some pitfalls. Kurt talks with Orville Schell, a journalist and scholar who directs the Asia Society Center on […]

The World

TV Ads That Don’t Play Fair

Arts, Culture & Media

With the Winter Olympics in full swing, you may have noticed there’s a lot of competition for your attention as well. In between the slaloms and the triple axels, there’s also the slightly shameful attraction of (dare I say it) the advertisements. Take this awesome one from AT&T featuring silver medal-winning snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler: What […]

Woman on snowboard, in air, upside down in front of onlookers

Chloe Kim’s family’s immigrant success story is everywhere — but it’s a ‘double-edge sword’ for immigrants


She is just one out of 1.7 million Korean Americans living in the US. Do they all have to be exceptional to deserve to immigrate?

People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on a high-level talks between the two Koreas at the truce village of Panmunjom, in Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 9, 2018.

North Korea to send team to Winter Olympics, South to consider easing bans after talks

Global Politics

North Korean athletes and officials will attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, the two sides said Tuesday after their first official talks in more than two years.