Episode 36: Olympics

Air Quality Monitors

Photo by Andrew Stelzer.

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

For everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Olympic protocol, and more, read the IOC Olympic Charter.
You can find pictures of this year’s medals here.
For more information on the fuels used in the torch, see this helpful article in National Geographic.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has produced a How-To Guide for Community Air Screening.


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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