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The Root contributor Deron Snyder explains why he views Lebron James as an "enterprising entertainer."
Dwyane Wade (center) and Chris Bosh (right) laugh as LeBron James (left) speaks during a fan event at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. On the opinion page,
Dwyane Wade (center) and Chris Bosh (right) laugh as LeBron James (left) speaks during a fan event at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. On the opinion page, The Root contributor Deron Snyder explains why he views Lebron James as an "enterprising entertainer." J. Pat Carter/AP Photo
Spy Swaps and Terror Plots
The U.S. and Russia just orchestrated their biggest spy swap since the Cold War: a swift trade of four Russians imprisoned for spying for the West for ten people accused of spying for Russia after years of living quietly in the United States. NPR's counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston talks about what we know about the accused spies involved in the swap and how the secretive operation played out. She'll also detail the deadly weekend bombing in Uganda, and how new details in last year's thwarted attack on the New York City subway connect to the recent arrests of suspected terrorists in Norway.
Lay Off LeBron James
After a giant LeBron James media marathon that culminated with an unprecedented hour-long cable TV special, critics have bashed the basketball superstar for his decision to leave Cleveland and the prime-time program he created to announce his departure. Now that the final decision has been made, Deron Snyder, contributor to TheRoot.com, argues that it's time to leave the guy alone — he's not a narcissist, he's a well trained entertainer.
More than 175 million Americans visit zoos every year to see the animals. But, the most intriguing creatures inside those walls may be the people who work there. Thomas French spent six years reporting on one Tampa zoo: from the imported African elephants to the escape-artist monkees to the arrogant CEO. French talks about his book, Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives, that covers every detail of life and death in the zoo, and the contradicting human desires to both protect and control nature.
How to Watch the Tour de France
The Tour de France is one of the largest spectator sports in the world. For three weeks each July, the top cyclists from around the globe race up to 141 miles a day neck-and-neck on narrow courses and up large mountains to earn the coveted yellow jersey. For all its popularity, many casual observers of the race get lost in the green and yellow and polka dot jerseys, the mountain runs and flat sprints, and the carefully-crafted team dynamics. Loren Mooney of Bicycling Magazine, explains how to watch the Tour de France, and talks about whether or not Lance Armstrong is really out of contention.