Jim O'Grady is a features reporter at WNYC. He has also told stories on This American Life, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and The Moth podcast. He’s been a reporter for The New York Times; professor of journalism at NYU; and director of research for the Center for an Urban Future, a policy think tank. He’s also the author of two biographies: Dorothy Day: With Love For The Poor, and Disarmed & Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.
Alex Rodriguez is retiring from the Yankees after 13 years with the team. At his last game on Friday, A-Rod will hardly get the same farewell as former Yankee and all-around good guy Derek Jeter. Rodriguez was a prodigy and a power hitter, but left fans disgusted by the way he handled a much publicized steroids scandal.
Father Daniel Berrigan was 94 when he died last Saturday. The Jesuit priest came to prominence in 1968 when he and eight others burned hundreds of draft files in protest of the Vietnam War. Berrigan served a prison term for the action and went on to lead countless other demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience.