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The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Memories Of Beijing Fresh, Nastia Liukin Eyes 2016 Games

This is as close as WAMC's Ian Pickus will ever get to Olympic gold. It belongs to gymnastics legend Nastia Liukin.

Even though she's not yet 25, in some ways, Nastia Liukin has already led several lives — and has done so on the world stage.

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Sports
11:12 am
Tue September 23, 2014

The 1969 Ryder Cup And The Finish That Shocked The World

    In 1969, the 42-year history of biennial golf matches between the United States and Great Britain reached its climax. The U.S., led by Jack Nicklaus, had dominated competitive golf for years; Great Britain, led by Tony Jacklin, was the undisputed underdog. But in spite of having lost 14 of 17 Ryder Cups in the past, the British entered the 1969 Ryder Cup as determined as the Americans were dominant. What followed was the most compelling, controversial, and contentious Ryder Cup the sport had ever seen.

Author, writer and blogger, Neil Sagebiel writes about it in his new book, Draw in the Dunes: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World.

Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Keith Strudler: Ray Rice, Domestic Violence And The NFL

It’s a safe default to assume you’re always being watched. The notion of privacy is as antiquated as afternoon tea time and top hats. Particularly if you’re somebody, you live your life as if it’s on TV.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Ian Pickus: “Say It Ain’t So, Jeter”

Yankee Stadium
Credit Ian Pickus, WAMC

After a cast of Yankee greats and Hall of Famers had taken their seats, after none other than Michael Jordan electrified the Yankee Stadium crowd, after the raucous cheers finally died down, a visibly touched Derek Jeter gave a brief speech. A line in the valedictory said everything.

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Sports
10:50 am
Tue September 9, 2014

"The Walk On" By John Feinstein

  John Feinstein has been praised as “the best writer of sports books in America today” (The Boston Globe). The Walk On is the first installment in his Triple Threat series is his most thrilling and suspenseful novel yet. He joins us to talk about the series and about current events in the world of sports.

Sports
11:35 am
Thu September 4, 2014

'Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto' By Steve Almond

 

   In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Scott Simkus On Strange World Of "Outsider Baseball"

Major League Baseball is the toughest level of the sport, with the world’s best players and highest quality of play. But contrary to what modern fans used to on-demand scores and video might think, it wasn’t always this way.

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Sports
11:12 am
Tue August 12, 2014

'Bouts Of Mania: Ali, Frazier, And Foreman -And An America On The Ropes' By Richard Hoffer

    The fights resonate still: The Fight of the Century, Down Goes Frazier!, The Rumble in the Jungle, The Thrilla in Manila. And the fighters, too, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George foreman - three complicated and competitive men who happened to be vying for sport's biggest prize when boxing was still a national reassurance and its champion a cultural resource. They fought five times for that title, from 1971 to 1975, ranging across the globe, and their struggles, triumphs, and defeats echo through the years as well.

In Bouts of Mania: Ali, Frazier, and Foreman - and an America on the Ropes, longtime Sports Illustrated writer Richard Hoffer evokes all the hopes and hoopla, the hype and hysteria of boxing's last and best "golden age."

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Roland Lazenby On 'Michael Jordan: The Life'

Even as LeBron James make a run at his supremacy, the “greatest ever” conversation in basketball starts and ends with Michael Jordan. As Roland Lazenby makes clear in his new biography of the six-time NBA champ, Jordan has long been driven by an unrivaled competitive nature that has often damaged his personal relationships.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Hockey Maven Stan Fischler Recalls An NHL Life

June 14 marks the 20th anniversary of one the most memorable nights in New York hockey history, when the New York Rangers broke a 54-year curse and beat Vancouver for the Stanley Cup.

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