February 13th, 2016

‘This Is Your Brain On Sports’ Looks At The Psychology Of Our Games

Why do sports fans do and say the things they do? Tufts professor Sam Sommers and Sports Illustrated editor L. Jon Wertheim attempt to find out in their new book, “This is Your Brain on Sports.” The pair shared some of their findings with Bill Littlefield.

February 6th, 2016

‘The Game’s Not Over’ Seeks Middle Ground In Football Debate

In an increasingly polarized debate over the merits of American football, Gregg Easterbrook tries to present a middle position in his new book “The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football.”

January 23rd, 2016

‘Brady Vs. Manning’ Delves Into QB Rivalry — And Practical Jokes

Nobody is happier than Gary Myers that Sunday’s AFC Championship is set to bring about one final confrontation between the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Broncos’ Peyton Manning. Myers is the author of “Brady Vs. Manning: The Untold Story Of The Rivalry That Transformed The NFL.”

January 16th, 2016

President Obama And ‘The Audacity of Hoop’

A president being interested in sports is nothing new, but President Obama has seemingly taken the executive branch’s commitment to another level. Bill Littlefield speaks with Sports Illustrated senior writer Alexander Wolff about his new book, “The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama.”

January 9th, 2016

50 Years Of ‘Super Bowl Gold’ With Peter King

Super Bowl 50 is a little less than a month away. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who wrote the foreword for “Super Bowl Gold,” shares some of his favorite Super Bowl stories — including his plane ride with Joe DiMaggio — and explains The Fall Of The Roman Numeral.

January 2nd, 2016

‘The Best American Sports Writing’ In 2015

Bill Littlefield is joined by series editor Glenn Stout and guest editor Wright Thompson to discuss the latest volume of “The Best American Sports Writing.”

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December 12th, 2015

‘Approaching Ali’ Offers Unmatched Personal Account Of Boxer’s Life Beyond The Ring

Writer Davis Miller first noticed boxing legend Muhammad Ali when Ali was heavyweight champion of the world and Miller was a scrawny 11 year old. Decades later, the two became friends. Miller tells this story In His Own Words.

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December 5th, 2015

‘Leading’ Shares Alex Ferguson’s Stories, Lessons And Regrets

Manchester United has long been a successful club in the world of English soccer. That is, in part, due to the 38-year tenure of manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Bill Littlefield speaks with Ferguson about his new book, “Leading.”

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November 28th, 2015

‘Little Victories’ And The (Many) Rules Of Touch Football

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay has compiled a list of rules for Thanksgiving Day touch football, to help keep your family’s annual game from disintegrating into lawlessness. Gay joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the rules, which are included in his new book “Little Victories.”

November 21st, 2015

‘Fox Tossing’ Looks Back On Strange And Forgotten Games

Fox tossing, monowheel rolling and waterfall riding are just three of the “sports” explored in Edward Brooke-Hitching’s new book “Fox Tossing: And Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes, and Games.”

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