NPR National Desk Correspondent Nathan Rott

Slow Is Smooth, and Smooth Is Fast

Nathan Rott is a correspondent on NPR’s National Desk, where he focuses on environmental issues and the American West. A graduate of the University of Montana, Rott’s varied resume includes wildland firefighting, commercial fishing, children’s theater teaching, and professional snow-shoveling for the United States Antarctic Program. Before moderating a Zócalo/Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West event that asked “How Can Humans Coexist With Monster Wildfires,” Rott stopped by the virtual Green Room to talk about the many ways he procrastinates, the scourge of putting the cover on a down …

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ASU Sports Historian Victoria Jackson | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

ASU Sports Historian Victoria Jackson

When You’re Running, This Other Part of Your Brain Can Wander

Victoria Jackson, a former elite professional runner, is a sports historian and Clinical Assistant Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. …

New York Times Sports Reporter Kurt Streeter | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

New York Times Sports Reporter Kurt Streeter

I Remember the Losses a Lot More Than I Do the Wins

Kurt Streeter is a New York Times sports reporter with a particular interest in stories related to race, gender, and social justice. Before joining the Times in 2017, he worked …

Diving Legend and Activist Greg Louganis | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Diving Legend and Activist Greg Louganis

I Compete in Dog Agility and Obedience

Greg Louganis is a four-time Olympic diving gold medalist, humanitarian, and LGBTQ trailblazer. Before joining a Zócalo/ASU Foundation streamed event titled “Can We Build a Better Summer Olympics?” he called …

Two-Time Olympic Hurdler and Anti-Doping Educator Lashinda Demus | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Two-Time Olympic Hurdler and Anti-Doping Educator Lashinda Demus

My Favorite Books to Read Are Peoples' Stories

Lashinda Demus is an Olympic silver medalist, world champion, and American record holder in the 400-meter hurdles. An ambassador for Athletes Soul, which provides wellness support to retired athletes, Demus is …