For the Summer Olympics, we explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force and a connector across all kinds of boundaries in American culture: running. Not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as a source of bonding between parents and children and friends; running as an interplay between competition and contemplation; running and body image and survival and healing.
grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He is the first and only American to win the men’s 10,000 meters race in the Olympics. He is the co-founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth.
is a trained architect who thinks about human-centered design. He is also a strategist for the TED prize and the co-founder of FRESH Speakers.
is a two-time winner of the Mount Marathon race in Seward, Alaska. She is from Palmer, Alaska.
is a pastor, writer, professor and father. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia. He is the author of A Force of Will: The Reshaping of Faith in a Year of Grief.
recently earned a PhD in Buddhist Ethics. He is originally from Montana and has taught in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Montana.
is an episcopal priest in Bentonville, Arkansas. He is the author of Running the Spiritual Path.
is a Health and Policy Fellow with the American Political Science Association. She was born in Chicago, and raised in Missouri.
is a journalist and the executive director of Images and Voices of Hope. She grew up outside Boston, and lives in Austin, Texas.