Women who do math and bad badminton

• I love it when a podcast episode exposes me to something I had never heard of before. Here is a Short Take from BackStory with the American History Guys about the African American women who worked as “human computers” at NASA in the early days of space exploration. These “hidden figures” are the subject of a book by Margot Lee Shetterly and a newly released movieListen here.

• This episode from Radiolab about the badminton scandal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London made me laugh out loud. I knew the story … but not like this. This episode got me thinking about whether losing is an acceptable tactical strategy in sports, especially when done with so much athleticism. The thing is, losing can be hard to do—especially when your opponent is trying just as hard to lose. Listen here.

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