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Coldplay Sharpens Fencer's Game


And now it's time for the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's where some of our guests tell us the songs they listen to when they need a little inspiration.

Today, we get the personal playlist of world-class fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. We caught up with her earlier this year when she was training for the Olympic trials. She fell a little short of her Olympic dreams, but she and other members of the U.S. Women's Saber Team recently won gold at the Korfanty Saber World Cup competition.

Here's what's playing in her ear.

IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD: Hi. My name is Ibtihaj Muhammad, and this is what's playing in my ear.


COLDPLAY: (Singing) When you try your best, but you don't succeed, when you get what you want, but not what you need, when you feel so tired, but you can't sleep, stuck in reverse.

MUHAMMAD: I like Coldplay "Fix You" because right before I go out, you know, to compete, I feel really anxious and nervous, and it just helps me relax. And I guess it's more of how mellow Coldplay can be.


COLDPLAY: (Singing) thin, you can't replace. When you love someone, but it goes to waste, could it be worth...


PETE ROCK: (Singing) Mention me to all society, world elite, to land on concrete...

MUHAMMAD: There's a song that I have liked for a few years. It's called "Hope" by Pete Rock.


ROCK: (Singing) I hope the world don't stop before my (unintelligible) free your mind. I hope the world don't stop before my (unintelligible).

MUHAMMAD: Even the title speaks for itself. The whole premise of the song is different scenarios about hope and, I don't know. It just makes me think about my life, in a way, and the song is just a really good song. You should listen to it.


ROCK: (Singing) (unintelligible). I want to get off, revolve on an axis, attack this. I see static where it used to be clear, two years. Bring ideas on how to get a slice of the dream (unintelligible) in the big scheme. Million dollar capers, stars from the skyscrapers (unintelligible), resistance. Overcome (unintelligible)...

MARTIN: That was Ibtihaj Muhammad, telling us what's playing in her ear. To hear my earlier conversation with her, please go to and click on the Program tab for TELL ME MORE. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Michel Martin is the weekend host of All Things Considered, where she draws on her deep reporting and interviewing experience to dig in to the week's news. Outside the studio, she has also hosted "Michel Martin: Going There," an ambitious live event series in collaboration with Member Stations.

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