A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Olympic Opening Ceremony
February 10, 2014

A Russian singer accused the Opening Ceremonies of using her song without permission. Their response shows the real essence of Russia.

Sure, Yulia Lipnitskaya Is an Amazing Skater, But She Is Also a Child
February 10, 2014

Sure, she's amazing, but don't you think Yulia Lipnitskaya looked a little...pubescent out there?

Sochi's Opening Ceremony Forgot to Mention a Few Things About Russian History
February 08, 2014

Where was contemporary Russia in the Olympic opening ceremony? In its carefully pruned and beautified history.

I Want the Olympics to Succeed. On TV, the Opening Ceremony Did.
February 08, 2014

Hey, you try making a feel-good story about Russian history.

The Woman Lighting the Sochi Olympic Flame Tweeted a Racist, Doctored Picture of President Obama
February 07, 2014

Irina Rodnina tweeted this doctored photo of Barack and Michelle—so why did Putin invite her to light the Olympic flame.

A Week Before the Olympics, the Kremlin is Attacking Russia's Last Independent TV Channel
January 31, 2014

As you read this, the Kremlin is preparing for the Winter Olympics by pushing Dozhd TV, Russia’s last independent television station, off a cliff.

This Is What ‘Progress’ Looks Like in Pre-World Cup Brazil
November 26, 2013

The developing world has provided 90 percent of worldwide urban population growth recently, and in 2008 made human beings majority-urbanite for the first time in history. You could perhaps find no better emblem of this trend than Brazil.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Bob Costas
December 05, 2012

Why is Bob Costas holding back on gun control? Because that's who Bob Costas is.

A Brief History Of “Trickle-Down Government”
October 17, 2012

Mitt Romney keeps talking about "trickle-down government." What does that mean?

Hitler, Water Polo, and Black Power: A History of Politics at the Olympics
July 27, 2012

Whether or not Mitt Romney’s multiple gaffes in London end up hurting his presidential campaign, they’re a good opportunity to remember that political skirmishes have always been part of the world’s premier international sporting event. Which should come as no surprise: Given that the athletics are themselves considered displays of national prowess, it’s only natural that they become proxies for grander geopolitical struggles. But which events would compete for the gold (so to speak) for most outlandish Olympics political conflict ever?