Causes of loneliness, Politics and the Olympic games

Air Date:
Heard On Central Time
A member of Team USA skiing in the 2018 Winter Olympics
A member of Team USA competes during men’s team sprint freestyle semifinal cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Dmitri Lovetsky/AP Photo

The United States and several other countries are engaging in diplomatic boycotts of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. We talk about the controversies around this year’s games and the history of the Olympics as a vehicle for politics. We also learn about how processing negative emotions can prevent loneliness.

Featured in this Show

  • The quagmire of Covid, human rights abuses and the Beijing Olympics

    A political scientist and former professional soccer player discusses the current political controversies surrounding the Beijing Winter Olympics and explains the long history of activism and politics at the Olympic Games.

  • How dealing with your negative emotions can impact loneliness

    Many Americans experience loneliness, but new research shows how you deal with your negative emotions can have a big impact on how lonely you feel. We talk to one of the researchers behind the study about practical steps you can take to feel better.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Jules Boykoff Guest
  • Amit Goldenberg Guest

Related Stories