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NYU President John Sexton, Training Navy SEALs, and Education in America

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

John Sexton, president of NYU, explains why baseball is more than a game.  Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver talks about training Navy SEALs. Jamie Quatro discusses her debut collection of stories, in I Want to Show You More. And Sarah Carr discusses education in 21st-century America and in New Orleans.

NYU President on Baseball as a Road to God

New York University President John Sexton talks about how baseball can be used to illustrate the elements of a spiritual life--the subject of his popular course at NYU. In his new book Baseball as a Road to God, he shows that baseball is more than a game, or even a national pastime: It can be a road to a deeper and more meaningful life.

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Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver talks about training the men who become Navy SEALs—which he calls the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior takes readers inside his personal story and the demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. 

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I Want to Show You More: Short Stories

Jamie Quatro discusses her debut collection of stories, in I Want to Show You More, a disquieting portrait of infidelity, faith, and family. The stories are about lives stretched between spirituality and sexuality in the New American South.

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Education in New Orleans

Sarah Carr paints vivid and sobering portrait of education in 21st-century America. In Hope Against Hope, she talk about three individuals involved with the New Orleans education system: a 14-year-old student displaced from her school by Hurricane Katrina; a Harvard grad hoping to bring change; and a veteran educator who becomes principal of one of the first public high schools to reopen after Katrina.

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Guest Picks: John Sexton

New York University president John Sexton was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about how he uses baseball as a metaphor for spirituality in his course, which has become one of the most popular on campus. He also told us what he's been listening to -- it's quite a mix!

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