The Four-Minute Mile

Britain's Roger Bannister hits the tape to break the four-minute mile in Oxford, England.  May 6, 1954 (AP Photo/File)

Britain's Roger Bannister hits the tape to break the four-minute mile in Oxford, England. May 6, 1954 (AP Photo/File)

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While the world watches the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and as part of the on-going celebration of his fifteenth season as host of IDEAS, Paul Kennedy revisits Roger Bannister's heroic attempt to smash the 'four-minute mile', on a cinder track in Oxford, England, back in 1954.


Participants in the program:

John Bryant, former deputy editor of the London Times, and the founding editor of Runner's World; author of 3:59.4 --The Quest to Break the 4 Minute Mile.

Bruce Kidd, runner, Olympian, and former director of the School of Physical and Health Education at the University of Toronto.

Roger Robinson, runner, world record holder at numerous distances; author of Running in Literature, among other books.

Roger Bannister, runner, neurologist, long-time master of Pembroke College, Oxford; author of The First Four Minutes.

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