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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On today’s show: Tony La Russa, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, talks about management philosophy and the Cardinals’ amazing turnaround in 2011. Christian Wolmar tells us about the rise—and decline—of railroads in this country. John Hiatt discusses his latest album, “Mystic Pinball.” And Frank Koughan, on the Frontline documentary “Dropout Nation,” which looks at why it’s so difficult to keep some kids from leaving high school, even when they are motivated to graduate.


Tony La Russa

Tony La Russa, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, talks about his management philosophy and the 2011 Cardinals, which mounted one of the most dramatic and impressive comebacks in baseball history, making the playoffs and going on to win the World Series. In One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing turnaround and his career.

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The History of Trains in America

Christian Wolmar and tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the American railroads, and argues that we should reclaim and celebrate our rail heritage. In The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in America, Wolmar tells how the opening of the first American railroad in the 1830s changed the way people lived. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the 1950s, the car, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads.

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John Hiatt's "Mystic Pinball"

Musician and songwriter John Hiatt talks about his new record, “Mystic Pinball.” Recently called “one of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years” by the Los Angeles Times, Hiatt’s career as a performer and songwriter has spanned more than 30 years and everyone from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Bonnie Raitt and Iggy Pop has covered his work. He’s performing at City Winery September 25-26 at 8 pm, and November 20-21 at 8 pm.


"Dropout Nation"

Every year, hundreds of thousands of American kids quit high school before they earn their diplomas, and Frank Koughan, writer/producer of Frontline’s documentary “Dropout Nation,” looks at what it takes to keep kids in high school. Frontline spent a semester inside Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas, a once-notorious “dropout factory” to take a close look at students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal struggling to get them to graduation day. “Dropout Nation” premieres September 25, at 9 pm on PBS.

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