Former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about following the New York Mets for the last 50 years. He also told us that he's a fan of Little Richard. Find out what else he's a fan of!
Former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow discusses the Mets and his collection of opinions, stories, and observations from his long and distinguished career. From memories of inaugural franchise manager Casey Stengel and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to reflections on ace Johan Santana and the superstar David Wright, Summers at Shea is a collection of 50 years of his writing, bringing to life Mets’ personalities from the last half century.
In this episode: Season 12 of American Idol wraps up this week, and writer Jethro Nededog recently reported that the show will have all new judges next year. He talks about why Idol is making the change and how it can reverse the show's ratings slump.
Plus: Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter Ira Berkow just published Summers at Shea: Tom Seaver Loses His Overcoat and Other Mets Stories. He joins us with a few of his favorite songs -- and some sports lore.
And: American Symphony Orchestra music director Leon Botstein explains why 1913 was the right time for Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Also: Unofficial candidates for “best band name in recent memory” French Horn Rebellion bring their strobe lights, glowing jackets, and irresistible dance beats to the studio. (Oh, and yes, French horns are involved.)
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ira Berkow, whose new book is titled, Summers At Shea: Tom Seaver Loses His Overcat and Other Mets Stories, talks about sports and tells the stories behind some of his favorite songs.