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October 11th, 2014

Daniel Rodriguez: From Soldier To College Athlete In ‘Rise’

While serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Daniel Rodriguez made a promise — that when he returned home, he would play college football. Rodriguez joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book, ‘Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept.’

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October 4th, 2014

‘Boy On Ice’ Details Troubled Life Of NHL Enforcer Boogaard

John Branch’s new book “Boy On Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard” profiles the career of a pro hockey “enforcer.” Branch joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his book and the culture surrounding concussions in the NHL.

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September 27th, 2014

‘Draw In The Dunes’ Details Ryder Cup’s First Tie

In 1969, for the first time, the Ryder Cup ended in a tie, thanks in part to a gesture of sportsmanship by golfer Jack Nicklaus. Bill Littlefield speaks with author Neil Sagebiel about his new book, ‘Draw in the Dunes,’ which chronicles the tournament.

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September 13th, 2014

How The NFL Became King: A Look Back At The League’s Evolution

In his new book “NFL Football: A History Of America’s New National Pastime,” Richard Crepeau examines a time when the league was not always front and center in popular cultures. He joins Bill Littlefield to explore the game’s evolution.

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September 6th, 2014

‘Club Soccer 101′ Highlights Sports’ Best Stories

Need an introduction to soccer beyond MLS? Luke Dempsey’s got you covered with ‘Club Soccer 101: The Essential Guide to the Stars, Stats, and Stories of 101 of the Greatest Teams in the World.’ Dempsey spoke with Bill Littlefield.

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August 16th, 2014

‘Football’ Collects Writing From All Sides Of Gridiron

Some say baseball and boxing produce the best writing about sports, but a new collection of football essays challenges that notion. Bill Littlefield speaks with John Schulian, editor of ‘Football: Great Writing About The National Sport.”

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August 9th, 2014

‘A Good Walkthrough’ Explores ‘Insider’ Football — And Lots Of It

Mike Tanier’s “A Good Walkthrough” is packed with stories from the writer’s time at Football Outsiders, providing plenty of material for the avid football fan. Tanier spoke with Bill Littlefield.

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July 5th, 2014

‘The Karen’ Will Eat You Alive: ‘Learning To Breathe Fire’ And The Rise Of CrossFit

J.C. Herz’s ‘Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness’ offers an inside look at the fitness sensation that she describes as “a good cult.” The author joins Karen Given.

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June 28th, 2014

‘The Chalmers Race’ Remembers Controversial 1910 Batting Title

In 1910, when Hugh Chalmers offered one of his sought-after cars to the winner of the 1910 batting title, a battle ensued between Ty Cobb and Napoleon Lajoie. Rick Huhn’s ‘The Chalmers Race’ captures the controversial events surrounding that contest. Huhn joined Bill Littlefield.

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June 21st, 2014

Rick Reilly Gets Personal In ‘Tiger, Meet My Sister…’

ESPN columnist Rick Reilly has made a career out of his detailed, often hilarious profiles of athletes from all walks of life. In his new book, “Tiger, Meet My Sister…: And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said,” he collects some of his most memorable columns. Reilly joined Bill Littlefield.

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