Sports
5:32 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Reds have storied playoff history

Great American Ball Park will host postseason play for the second time in its history.

As the Reds go into postseason play for the second time in three seasons, here's some playoff history courtesy of Reds Hall of Fame Chief Curator Chris Eckes. 


The 1976 team went undefeated in the postseason, the only team to do that since Major League Baseball went to divisional play.  The Reds swept the Phillies in three games in the National League Championship and the Yankees in four in the World Series that year.  Eckes says prior to that run, Cincinnati manager Sparky Anderson had a prophetic discussion with reporters:

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Sports
5:03 am
Fri October 5, 2012

U.S. Speedskater Admits To Sabotaging Rival's Skates

Simon Cho competes in the men's 500-meter finals at the 2011 ISU World Cup short track speedskating final in Dresden, Germany. He won the event.
Robert Michael AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:19 pm

American speedskater Simon Cho says what he did was "wrong" when he yielded to what he claims was persistent pressure from a coach to tamper with another skater's blades at the World Short Track Team Championships in Poland last year.

"Tampering with someone's skates is inexcusable," Cho told NPR in his first interview about the incident. "And I'm coming out now and admitting that I did this and acknowledging that what I did was wrong." The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune also spoke with Cho earlier this week after the NPR interview.

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Reds playoffs
5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Reds players talk about playoff pressure

The Reds are going for wins in San Fransisco hoping to be in good position when they return home to Cincinnati.
  • Ann talks to Bronson Arroyo, Zack Cozart, Jose Arredondo, and Todd Frazier
  • Hear also from Chris Heisey, Wilson Valdez and Miguel Cairo in this story

Reds players are pumped to be in the playoffs this weekend, but they do feel added pressure as the stakes get higher.


As strange as it sounds pitcher Bronson Arroyo says he'll try to do a little less.

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Planet Money
3:43 am
Fri October 5, 2012

No One Trusts China's Unemployment Rate

Mark Ralston AFP/GettyImages

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 4:09 pm

Ask an economist like Eswar Prasad, who used to work at the International Monetary Fund, "So, do you know, what the unemployment rate in China is?"

And he'll answer, "We don't."

The official unemployment rate, put out by the government, Prasad says, is 6.5 percent, but according to him, "that number has no credibility at all."

He's not the only dubious one.

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Solve This
3:21 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Romney, Obama Far Apart On Closing Budget Gap

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver on Wednesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 5:33 am

Here's one thing President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could agree on during their first debate this week: Something has to be done about the enormous gap between what the federal government collects in taxes and what it spends.

But the two men fundamentally disagree on what to do about that budget deficit.

The Problem

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Europe
3:18 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Not Everyone In Spain Eager To Wager On EuroVegas

Spaniards protest the construction of the EuroVegas gambling complex at Puerta del Sol in Madrid last month.
Gustavo Cuevas EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 4:03 pm

American billionaire, casino mogul and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson has a new project: a $35 billion gambling megacity in Europe. He has chosen debt-ridden Spain as the location for "EuroVegas," which is expected to bring up to 250,000 much-needed jobs.

But many Spaniards are divided over whether they want casinos in their backyard.

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The Salt
3:15 am
Fri October 5, 2012

In Haiti, Aid Groups Squabble Over Rival Peanut Butter Factories

Alex E. Proimos Flickr.com

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 4:00 pm

Can there be too much life-saving peanut butter?

In Haiti, two different humanitarian groups have built new factories to make this product, which is used to treat severe malnutrition and maybe someday prevent it. The problem is, Haiti doesn't appear to need two of them. Each factory, all by itself, could satisfy Haiti's current demand.

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Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
1:32 am
Fri October 5, 2012

"Mrs. Mannerly" Premieres

Jeffrey Hatcher's "Mrs. Mannerly"

Two of Cincinnati’s great theater names, Ed Stern and Dale Hodges, are teaming up once again for the regional premiere of Mrs. Mannerly at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Stern, who directs, and Hodges, who stars, have worked together for years at the Playhouse in the Park’s production of A Christmas Carol and others.

A True Art Visionary
1:32 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Phyllis Weston

An early photo of Phyllis Weston

Jane Durrell has a profile of one of Cincinnati’s true arts leaders and supporters, Phyllis Weston. Mrs.

Live at the Emery Theatre
1:32 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Jazz Guitar Great Bill Frisell

Jazz great Bill Frisell
Michael Wilson

A brief word from Frank Johnson regarding jazz guitarist Bill Frisell & the 858 String Quartet's  appearance on October 10 at the historic Emery Theatre .  In conjunction with a FotoFocus exhibiton, they will be performing the world premiere of Musical Portraits from Heber Springs.   

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