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Sports
9:35 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Gregg Easterbrook On Football's Impact on America

    In The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America, Gregg Easterbrook, author of the wildly popular ESPN.com column Tuesday Morning Quarterback takes on football's place in American society.

In the book, he tells the full story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture. Both good and bad, he examines its impact on American society at all levels of the game.

Sports
10:10 am
Fri August 30, 2013

"Unbeatable: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship And The Last Great College Football Season"

    Perhaps the best undefeated team in the history of college football the dramatic true story of the 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and their incredible unbeaten season is told in Jerry Barca’s new book, Unbeatable: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football Season.

Commentary & Opinion
3:44 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Keith Strudler: Johnny Football And The NCAA

One of the first things I learned in a classroom management course was when a kid blatantly breaks the rules, never ask him or her why they did it. You’re not going to like the answer, and the reality is, most kids don’t know why threw a watermelon out a school window. At that age, impulse far overwhelms reasoned action. So as an educator, forget why, and simply deal with the punishment.

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Sports
11:45 am
Mon July 22, 2013

"Fantasy Life" by Matthew Berry

    Never played in a fantasy league and wanted to find out what they are all about, but were afraid to ask? Ever wanted to start one, but not sure how? Have line-up questions or want to explore the best trade possibilities?

Matthew Berry is an ESPN fantasy sports analyst and ESPN.com columnist. He will be at Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, NY on Wednesday, July 24th at 7:00 PM.

His new book is Fantasy Life: The Hilarious Obsessive, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It.

Commentary & Opinion
3:48 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Keith Strudler: Aaron Hernandez

The main difference between yesterday and today for Aaron Hernandez is that yesterday he spent the night in his own house in Attleboro, Mass, not far from the stadium where he plays tight end for the New England Patriots. And today, he’s in the custody of the Massachusetts State Police, who arrested him in his home this morning in relation to the murder of Oden Lloyd, a 27 year-old semi-professional football player and acquaintance of Hernandez. So quite a difference a day makes.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Keith Strudler: Lebron Vs. History

In the period of the next several days, the history of basketball may or may not be rewritten. At stake is far more than the next NBA Title, which will go to either the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat. The Spurs hold a 2-1 game lead in the best of seven series and could potentially defeat the favored Heat team before ever having to return to Miami for Games 6 and 7. Or, Miami could rebound and overwhelm the Spurs with superior talent and up-tempo play, taking their second consecutive title and laying the groundwork as the league’s most current dynasty. With that comes the historical directive of one superstar LeBron James, the most dominant player in the league.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu May 30, 2013

BIFF - Kevin Pearce - "The Crash Reel"

    22-year-old Kevin Pearce had just come off of the most successful competitive season of his snowboarding career, challenging the dominance of his friend and rival, snowboarding legend Shaun White. Kevin’s professional ascent came at a time when snowboarding tricks were becoming more and more breathtaking – but also more dangerous.

On December 31, 2009, while riding the slopes of Park City, Utah in final training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin missed his landing and took a hard fall.

He was airlifted to the hospital, where doctors scrambled to save his life as his family flew from their home in Vermont to be at his side. When Kevin finally woke up from his coma - that was only the beginning of a long road to recovering from his Traumatic Brain Injury. From language to vision, motor skills to memory, Kevin had to come to terms with his new impairments.

This is the story told in The Crash Reel - a film by two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Lucy Walker. The Crash Reel is screening at The Berkshire International Film Festival on Friday at 6:30pm at The Triplex in Great Barrington, MA.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Knicks Great Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Looks Back, Ahead

Simply one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Earl Monroe rose from the rough streets of South Philadelphia to the Hall of Fame in nearby Springfield.

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Sports
11:20 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Minor Leagues Have Captivated Fans For Decades

Minor league sports focus on developing talent for the big leagues.  Yet they’ve been a staple of American culture for more than a century.  Reporter Pat O’Rourke explains what attracts fans to the minors.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

4/30/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, and Ray Graf and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:

  • Dredging
  • NBA player, Jason Collins announcing that he is gay
  • Sexual harassment in jails

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