April 30th, 2016

Onaje Woodbine’s Spiritual Journey Leads Back To The Court — And Stage

Former Yale star Onaje X.O. Woodbine quit basketball at the top of his game to pursue “the higher aims of divine purpose and truth.” As it turns out, that journey took him back to basketball. He tells Bill Littlefield his story.

April 30th, 2016

Tennis In Bullrings And On Ice: Rod Laver On The Pro Circuit’s Early Days

Until the advent of the Open Era in 1968, professional tennis players were excluded from the sport’s top tournaments. So instead of competing at Wimbledon or the US Open, tennis pros toured the world, often playing in unusual — and unfavorable — conditions. Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his experiences.

April 23rd, 2016

David Duchovny On The Magic Of ‘Bucky Bleeping Dent’

X-Files star David Duchovny, a Yankees fan, first knew Bucky Dent as the guy whose home run sent New York to the 1978 ALCS over Boston. He later discovered from some guys on a New England roof that there was a different side to the story. Duchovny explores that side in a new novel.

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April 16th, 2016

Bill Walton’s Battle With Chronic Pain And His Journey ‘Back From The Dead’

Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton’s long list of accomplishments includes two NCAA championships, two NBA titles and an MVP trophy. But the cost was chronic physical pain that led to despair. Walton tells Bill Littlefield the story of his struggles and his journey back to health.

March 26th, 2016

Jonathan Abrams On Lenny Cooke And The NBA’s Prep-To-Pro Era

Fifteen years ago, Lenny Cooke seemed to be a player of infinite promise, poised to enter the NBA Draft out of high school. But unlike his contemporary LeBron James, Cooke went undrafted and faded into obscurity. Bill speaks to author and basketball writer Jonathan Abrams about Cooke’s story and the NBA’s age limit.

March 19th, 2016

‘Indentured’ Shines Light On The NCAA And Its Student-Athletes

Joe Nocera has spent the past four years collecting stories about the NCAA and how it treats its players for his new book, “Indentured.” Nocera joins Bill Littlefield to talk about the book.

March 5th, 2016

At Inner-City Hope High School, ‘Ball Is Life’

The 2012-13 Hope High School boys’ basketball team faced challenges — perhaps the least of which was the squad’s 2-7 start. Some players dealt with hunger and homelessness. Still, Hope advanced far in the state tournament. Bill Littlefield catches up with some of the that team’s star players — and finds that the ups and downs have continued.

February 13th, 2016

‘This Is Your Brain On Sports’ Looks At The Psychology Of Our Games

Why do sports fans do and say the things they do? Tufts professor Sam Sommers and Sports Illustrated editor L. Jon Wertheim attempt to find out in their new book, “This is Your Brain on Sports.” The pair shared some of their findings with Bill Littlefield.

February 6th, 2016

‘The Game’s Not Over’ Seeks Middle Ground In Football Debate

In an increasingly polarized debate over the merits of American football, Gregg Easterbrook tries to present a middle position in his new book “The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football.”

January 23rd, 2016

‘Brady Vs. Manning’ Delves Into QB Rivalry — And Practical Jokes

Nobody is happier than Gary Myers that Sunday’s AFC Championship is set to bring about one final confrontation between the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Broncos’ Peyton Manning. Myers is the author of “Brady Vs. Manning: The Untold Story Of The Rivalry That Transformed The NFL.”