Frank Deford: "The Old Ball Game" (Grove Atlantic)

April 26, 2005

One of the nation's most acclaimed sports writers takes us back to the early days of baseball. It was a time when the rules of the game were changing and baseball was on its way to becoming the national past time.

Leah Hager Cohen: "Without Apology" (Random House)

March 4, 2005

Until she visited downtown Boston's Somerville Boxing Club, the writer regarded boxing with disgust. Her opinion changed after she met four adolescent girls and their trainer. She describes what she learned in the gym about herself...

Preview of Westminster Dog Show

February 10, 2005

For the past 129 years, dog enthusiasts have flocked to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to view breeds from around the world. The dog that wins Best in Show usually becomes an American celebrity. Diane and her guests talk about the...

Ed Hotaling: "Wink" (McGraw Hill)

December 20, 2004

Jimmy Winkfield was once one of the best jockeys in the world. He won back to back Kentucky Derbies and countless big races but moved to Europe after racism drove him from America. The story of how he outraced his opponents and the great...

Jeffrey Marx & Joe Ehrmann: "Season of Life" (Simon & Schuster)

December 16, 2004

Thirty years ago, Joe Ehrmann was a star player with the Baltimore Colts, and Jeffrey Marx was a young football fan. Today, Ehrmann coaches football at a prep school, and Marx is an award-winning journalist. The two men talk about...

Joe McGinniss: "The Big Horse" (Simon & Schuster)

August 31, 2004

The story of one of horse racing's top trainers, a summer spent watching the Thoroughbreds run at the famous Saratoga race track, and a writer who returns to his craft.

Michael Mandelbaum: "The Meaning of Sports" (PublicAffairs)

June 30, 2004

One of the nation's leading authorities on foreign policy and international relations explains why Americans love to watch baseball, football and basketball.

Jeff Benedict: "Out of Bounds" (HarperCollins)

June 28, 2004

Kobe Bryant won't be the only NBA player facing legal trouble this off-season. An investigative journalist examines the criminal behavior of pro and college basketball players.

Lynne Cox: "Swimming to Antarctica" (Knopf)

January 16, 2004

In 2002, Lynne Cox became the first person to swim one mile through 32 degree water to the shores of Antarctica. She describes her almost mystical relationship with water and her many record-breaking, long-distance swims.

Athans and Bishop: "National Geographic"'s "Surviving Everest"

April 17, 2003

To honor the 50-year anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, and the 40-year anniversary of the first American ascent, "National Geographic" produced a 2-hour television event uniting the sons of mountain...

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