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November 16th, 2013

Julius Erving Offers Candid Self-Portrait In ‘Dr. J’

In his new autobiography ‘Dr. J,’ Julius Erving offers a candid view of his Hall-of-Fame basketball career and his complicated life off the court. Erving joins Bill Littlefield for a fascinating conversation.

Commentary
November 6th, 2013

Poems By Runners

For some, running is about sweating, pain, triumph and failure, but others find poetry in the sport. ‘Bearers of Distance’ is a new anthology of works by poets who also run. Bill Littlefield shares some of the highlights of this creative approach to capturing the spirit of running.

Featured Book
November 2nd, 2013

‘The Sons Of Westwood’ Revisits UCLA’s Basketball Dynasty

In ‘The Sons of Westwood,’ John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty that changed College Basketball,’ John Matthew Smith presents a complex portrait of the iconic coach. Smith joined Bill Littlefield to discuss his book.

Featured Book
October 26th, 2013

Basketball Player Caught In Libya’s Civil War Looks Back In ‘Qaddafi’s Point Guard’

When the Libyan Revolution began in 2011. Alex Owumi was playing professional basketball in Libya. Owumi details his experience in his new book “Qaddafi’s Point Guard,” which he dicusses with Bill Littlefield.

Featured Book
October 19th, 2013

‘Expanding The Strike Zone’ Examines History And Changes In Baseball

Author Daniel Gilbert examines how baseball has been shaped and modified from the postwar boom to today. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the history and the meaning of the sport’s changes.

Featured Book
October 12th, 2013

Steve Rushin: ‘The 34-Ton Bat’

In “The 34-Ton Bat,” Steve Rushin tells the stories of a number of objects — and characters — from baseball’s past. The author joins Bill Littlefield to delve deeper into some of those stories.

In Depth
October 12th, 2013

Weighing In On ‘League Of Denial’

After weeks of anticipation, the Frontline documentary “League of Denial” aired Tuesday. The movie–and its accompanying book–sharply criticize the NFL’s handling of the concussion crisis. But will anything change? Bill Littlefield weighs in.

Featured Book
October 5th, 2013

‘From Black Sox To Three-Peats’ Chronicles The History Of Chicago Sports

In ‘From Black Sox To Three-Peats,’ Ron Rapoport has assembled a collection of the best sports writing on Chicago. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the book.

Featured Book
September 28th, 2013

‘Slow Getting Up’ Shares Life Of An Average Player In The NFL

NFL superstars are only a handful of the players who make up the league. Nate Jackson, NFL veteran and author, joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his memoir ‘Slow Getting Up’ and the life of the sport’s most expendable players.

Featured Book
September 21st, 2013

‘The System’ Looks At Money’s Influence On NCAA Football

In elite college football programs, the financial stakes are often higher than the stakes on the field. In their new book ‘The System,’ Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian go behind the scenes to find out how money influences the sport. The authors join Bill Littlefield.