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False Idol (formerly Crushed)

A weekly Sports podcast featuring Joan Niesen and Tim Rohan
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Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter from South Africa, was once considered the greatest Paralympian of all time. Running on carbon-fiber legs, he racked up gold medals, broke world records, and became known simply as The Blade Runner. He inspired millions of people around the world, and was celebrated as a hero in his home country. In 2012, he made history as the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympic Games.

Then, just six months later, he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

False Idol re-examines Pistorius’ rise and fall, telling the story through the eyes of the people whose lives he irrevocably changed along the way. Journalist Tim Rohan traces Pistorius’ path to infamy, deconstructs his heroic image, and remembers the life of Reeva Steenkamp, as he tries to understand how a tragedy like her death could have happened.
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I'm really enjoying the series on Oscar Pistorius. I had no idea there were so many layers to this story. Thank you for taking the time to cover the stories of Reeva Steenkamp and Samantha Taylor.
Loved this take on the 1998 Home Run Derby between McGwire and Sosa. brought millions of new eyeballs to MLB, but they weren't fans of the game. Many  hard-core fans were irritated by the presence of so many ignoramuses around baseball. They we
I have been following this tragic story from the beginning & have been waiting for a podcast that covers it in-depth...this is it.
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