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Friday, March 20, 2009

On today’s show: Emil Draitser, professor of Russian at Hunter College on his memoir Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin. Then, just in time for baseball season, we’ll get a portrait of Walter O’Malley, one of the most polarizing figures in the history of the sport. And Bruce Weber on the largely unknown work of professional umpires. Plus, Please Explain is all about flowers.

Share your tips for eating cheaply and well with Ruth Reichl here.


Many years after coming to America from Odessa in Soviet Ukraine,Emil Draitser, realized that every time he uttered the word "Jewish"--even in casual conversation--he lowered his voice. In his memoir Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin he tells how this habit formed during his childhood in the anti-Semitic, post-Holocaust ...

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Dodging Baseball's Good Graces

Although Walter O'Malley has been dead for nearly 30 years his, the former Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers owner is still one of the most controversial persons ever associated with the sport. Michael D’Antonio's exhaustive biography of O’Malley is called Forever Blue.

Event: Michael D'Antonio will be in ...

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The Secret Lives of Umpires

New York Times reporter Bruce Weber gives you an insider's look at the largely unknown world of professional umpires, the small group of men (and the very occasional woman) who make sure America's favorite pastime is conducted in a manner that is clean, crisp, and true. Weber not only interviewed ...

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Please Explain: Flowers

Today is the first day of spring, and the first buds and flowers are starting to appear. Here to explain the diversity and scientific complexity of flowers and how to cultivate flower gardens are Dr. Amy Litt, Director of Plant Genomics and Cullman Curator at the New York Botanical Garden, ...

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