MLK Day Gospel; a Novel About Postwar Sierra Leone; Super Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg

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Monday, January 20, 2014

On today’s show: Leonard plays some great classic gospel songs to mark Martin Luther King Day. Sports agent Leigh Steinberg shares stories of his time representing Troy Aikman, Steven Young, and Ben Roethlisberger. Ishmael Beah has told his own story of being a child soldier in Sierra Leone in his memoir Long Way Gone, and now he talks about his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, which explores postwar life there.

Martin Luther King Day Gospel Hour

Leonard Lopate marks Martin Luther King day by playing great Gospel music from the Civil Rights era.

How I Got Over, Mahalia Jackson (under billboard)

We Shall Overcome, Marion Williams

I'll Be All Right, Angelic Gospel Singers

Precious Lord, Rev. C. L. Franklin

Precious Lord, Aretha Franklin

God's Amazing Grace, J. Robert Bradley

No Restricted Signs in Heaven, Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet

Move on Up a Little Higher, Part 2, Mahalia Jackson

Get Away Jordan, Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes

Trying Time, Gladys McFadden and the Loving Sisters

Pilgrim of Sorrow, Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers

Build Me a Cabin, Mm. Edna Gallmon Cooke

Blessed Assurance, Clara Ward

Bad News, Bad Times, Marion Williams

Mary Don't You Weep, Claude Jeter with Swan Silvertones

God Be With You, J. Earle Hines with St. Paul's Baptist Church Choir


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Radiance of Tomorrow, a Novel About Sierra Leone

Ishmael Beah, the author of the bestselling memoir A Long Way Gone, about Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers, talks about his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, about postwar life in Sierra Leone.  At the center of the story are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown after the civil war to find it in ruins. They try to create a new community but they face many obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, robberies, rape, and retaliation, along with and the depredations of a foreign mining company.


Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg

Legendary sports agent Leigh Steinberg talks about representing clients such as Troy Aikman, Bruce Smith, and Ben Roethlisberger, and, over one particular seven-year stretch, the top NFL Draft pick six times. Director Cameron Crowe credits Steinberg as a primary inspiration for the character Jerry Maguire, and hired him as a consultant on the film.  In The Agent, he takes readers behind the scenes of professional sports, and  shares stories, including how he negotiated a $26.5 million package for Steve Young and how he passed on the chance to represent Peyton Manning. 

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