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51% #1758: Kara Goucher on “The Longest Race”

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Kara Goucher's new memoir is "The Longest Race." (Credit: Ian Allen)

On this week’s 51%, we speak with long-distance runner and two-time Olympian Kara Goucher about her daring new memoir, The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike’s Elite Running Team. A former member of Nike’s fallen Oregon Project, Goucher sheds light on the toxic culture and predatory leadership she says she faced from the team’s disgraced running coach, Alberto Salazar. Salazar was banned from the sport for life in 2021 following a sexual misconduct investigation by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. In her new memoir, Goucher publicly identifies herself as the woman behind those allegations for the first time.


Guest: Kara Goucher, two-time Olympian and author of The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike’s Elite Running Team

51% is a national production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany, New York. Our host is Jesse King, our associate producer is Jody Cowan, our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock, and our theme is “Lolita” by the Albany-based artist Girl Blue.

Jesse King is the host of WAMC's national program on women's issues, "51%," and the station's bureau chief in the Hudson Valley. She has also produced episodes of the WAMC podcast "A New York Minute In History."
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