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We want to remind everyone to join us most weeks over at the Chase Bank Auditorium here in Chicago, just a few blocks to my right. For tickets and more information go to or you can find a link at our website, which is Right now, panel, yes, it time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Mo, experts say that Brazilian athletes will have a distinct advantage at the aquatic sports when they host the Olympics next year. Why?

MAURICE ROCCA: Because they're always walking around in bathing suits and they're just...

SAGAL: No, but specifically these are the aquatic sports, not so much the indoor pool, but, like, outdoor in the ocean...

ROCCA: Oh, oh.

SAGAL: Waters. There's some swimming, there's sailing, boating, kayaking, that sort of thing.

ROCCA: They're less afraid of sharks. They're fearless. They...

SAGAL: Well, it's like, you know, at these Olympics, antibiotics are going to be a performance-enhancing drug.

ROCCA: Oh, they have resistance to...

SAGAL: Yes, they have immunity...

ROCCA: Right.

SAGAL: To the insanely poisonous polluted waters off of Rio.


SAGAL: As Rio gears up for the 2016 games, you've been hearing a lot about the water - the kayak and other aquatic events will be held - and specifically, that if you drop something into it, it will bounce off.


SAGAL: It's sludgy, there's rotting fish and trash floating by, and it is apparently chemically identical to raw sewage. And this is the standard that Boston knew it could not live up to.

ROCCA: (Singing) Tall and tan and young and lovely the girl from E. coli goes walking.

SAGAL: This week, the AP commissioned a study to assess just how bad the situation is. It's really not good. The researchers they hired dissolved in the water.


SAGAL: Bob Costas got another pinkeye just reading the report.


BRIAN BABYLON: So what do you get? I mean, do you - is it a - is it like a little - is it a rash?

SAGAL: No, there have been cases.

FAITH SALIE: It's a Brazilian wax. All your hair comes off.


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