As Heard on NPR

As Heard on NPR

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If you caught us on the radio and checked in because you want to know more, we got you.

OZY co-founder Carlos Watson joined Arun Rath on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered to share some of our favorite stories of the week.

Joe Kavey taking a swing

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Some people just refuse to quit, and one such someone is MMA fighter Joe Kavey. With 24 losses on his record, you’d think the man would be considering a career switch, but that’s simply not Joe’s style: ”I have promised myself I will never lose again. I don’t doubt myself. I am going to be the man I dreamed about being.” That’s the kind of bold confidence we heartily endorse.

Are you of an age to remember the classic ad where one guy’s walking and carrying a jar of peanut butter and another guy’s walking and holding a chocolate bar, when they slam into each other and voilà! A delightful new candy is born! Now imagine the same thing, only with country music slamming into rap – and you’ve got Big Smo. That’s a performance you need to see.

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Most of us can agree that the U.S. public school system is failing – what we can’t agree on is how to fix it. Roland Fryer, a native Texan and former wayward youth who won a MacArthur “genius grant” in 2011, has a radical plan to transform low-performing schools into top-performers in just 24 months. His five-step plan just might work.

Keep coming back to see us for more stories of what’s new and what’s next, here on OZY and each Saturday on your NPR station.

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