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March 14th, 2015

W.C. Heinz Revisited … And Republished

“The Top of His Game,” a collection of the writing from sports writer W.C. Heinz, came out this week. Bill Littlefield edited the collection and shares some of his favorite passages — and memories of Heinz.

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February 14th, 2015

‘The Whistleblower’ Explores The Life Of A College Basketball Ref

Author Bob Katz chronicles the life of referee Ed Hightower in his new book “The Whistleblower.” Katz joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned from the project.

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February 7th, 2015

‘Circus Maximus’ Tallies The Real Cost Of Hosting The Olympics

The cost of hosting events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cup is higher than most proponents care to admit. Economist Andrew Zimbalist explains the cost in his book ‘Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.’ He speaks with Bill Littlefield.

January 31st, 2015

‘The Fall Line’ Explores The U.S. Ski Team’s Dominance At 2010 Olympics

The United States’ alpine skiers raked in eight medals at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, becoming only the fourth nation to accomplish that feat. Author Nathaniel Vinton wrote about the U.S. skiers’ journey in ‘The Fall Line.’

January 24th, 2015

For Some Former NFL Players, ‘Life After Football’ Can Be Uncertain

Former NFL linebacker George Koonce Jr. talks about ‘Life After Football’ in his new book, co-written with Marquette University sociology professors James Holstein and Richard Jones. Koonce and Holstein join Doug Tribou.

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January 17th, 2015

‘The QB’ Joins The Search For The Next Great NFL Quarterback

Finding and developing the next great NFL quarterback has become big business. Bill Littlefield spoke with Bruce Feldman, author of ‘The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks’ to gain insight in the men who train the next generation of potential Hall of Famers.

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January 10th, 2015

In New Biography, Former NHL Goalie Malarchuk Details Brushes With Death

Former hockey goalie Clint Malarchuk suffered a life-threatening injury in 1989 when his neck was slashed by a hockey skate. Off the ice, he’s struggled with mental health problems since childhood. He writes about both issues in his new book “A Matter of Inches,” which he joins Bill Littlefield to discuss.

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January 3rd, 2015

‘The Best American Sports Writing’ With Christopher McDougall

Series editor Glenn Stout and guest editor Christopher McDougall join Bill Littlefield to discuss the eclectic collection in ‘The Best American Sports Writing 2014.’

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December 20th, 2014

Golf: China’s ‘Forbidden Game’

In 2004, Beijing issued a ban on the construction of golf courses in China. But since the moratorium went into effect, no other country has built more golf courses. Author Dan Washburn joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book “The Forbidden Game.”

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December 13th, 2014

‘Chase Your Shadow’ Details Pistorius’ Life, Trial

A new book explores the life of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic hero who was recently convicted of “culpable homicide” in the Feb. 2013 shooting death of his then-girlfriend. Bill Littlefield speaks to John Carlin, author of “Chase Your Shadow.”

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