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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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September 14th, 2013

‘The Great Tamasha’ Examines The Evolution of Cricket In India

Cricket holds a special place in India’s social and popular culture. James Astill, author of ‘The Great Tamasha,’ joins Bill Littlefield to detail the evolution of the sport in India.

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September 7th, 2013

‘Fourth And Long’ Explores The Heart Of Football

College sports have become a stepping stone to a professional career. Author John U. Bacon joins Bill Littlefield to explain what there is to lose with the increased commercialization and professionalization of NCAA football.

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August 24th, 2013

‘Rising Tide’ Explores Namath’s Ups And Downs At Alabama

In ‘Rising Tide’ Randy Roberts and Ed Krzemienski detail Joe Namath’s lows and highs – from a suspension to a stunning Orange Bowl victory – while playing for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama. The authors join Karen Given.

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August 17th, 2013

‘The Sports Gene’ Explores The Science Of Success

In his new book ‘The Sports Gene,’ David Epstein investigates the role genetics plays in forming elite athletes. His research took him all over the world and he shares some of his discoveries with Doug Tribou.

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August 10th, 2013

Conflict And Change In The ‘Southern League’

Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. But, integrated baseball didn’t come to Birmingham, Alabama for another 17 seasons. Author Larry Colton joins Bill Littlefield to chat about those events and his new book, “Southern League.”

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August 3rd, 2013

RG3 And The Pinky Promise That Launched A Career

Robert Griffin III has played just one season for the Washington Redskins but that didn’t stop Dave Sheinin from penning a book about the NFL’s rising star.