The Madeleine Brand Show for October 14, 2010

The Magic of the Curveball

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Bottom of the 9th, full count. Here's the pitch... SWING AND A MISS!

Sticking with sports, there was some baseball news out yesterday that got our office in a heated debate. It had nothing to do with the playoffs or a steroid scandal.

It was about the magic of the curveball.

A new study from the University of Southern California says that a pitch may not be as magical as once thought.

KPCC Reporter Sanden Totten joins Madeleine to explain the study with this report.

You can view a video of Zhong-Lin Lu, one of the PLoS ONE study leaders, talk about the magic curveball below.


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