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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sports reporter George Vecsey talks about the life and career of baseball great Stan Musial. Debbie Nathan looks at the true story behind Sybil, the woman made famous for having multiple personality disorder. And Nell Casey discusses the life and work of actor-writer Spalding Gray, and tells us about putting together his journals.

Stan Musial: An American Life

Sports reporter George Vecsey talks about the life and career of baseball great Stan Musial. Stan Musial: An American Life looks at how this great player, considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, is still underrated and often overlooked despite his 3,630 career hits, three World Series titles, and 17 major league records.

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Sybil Exposed

The name Sybil brings to mind the 1973 nonfiction book and the TV movie based on it, about a woman named with 16 different personalities. The story became both a pop phenomenon and a revolutionary force in the psychotherapy industry, and now journalist Debbie Nathan looks at the true story behind it. In Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case, she reveals how three women created what may have been an elaborate fraud.

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The Journals of Spalding Gray

Nell Casey discusses putting together The Journals of Spalding Gray. Culled from more than 5,000 pages and including interviews with friends, colleagues, and family, the book paints a haunting portrait of a creative genius. Gray writes about his childhood; his craving for success; the downtown New York arts scene of the 1970s; his love affairs, marriages and fatherhood; his travels, and his passion for the theater.

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