Baseball’s Heroes and Villains

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankess speaks to the media before his game for the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park on July 2, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ken Griffey, Sr., reflects on his 19-year major league career as player, scout, coach, manager…and the father of two professional ballplayers. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar on his latest work, “The Who & the What.” He’ll be joined by Nadine Malouf and Bernard White, who star in it. We’ll discuss a new production of Jules Romains’ dark comedy “Donogoo” with the director and translator Gus Kaikkonen and scenic designer Roger Hanna. Investigative reporters Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts discuss the scandals, hearings, suspensions, and repercussions of the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in baseball.

Ken Griffey, Sr., and the Big Red Machine

Ken Griffey, Sr. on his his 19-year major league career, as an outfielder, scout, coach, and manager, and father of two professional ballplayers.

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A New Play on Family, Politics, and Writing a Novel as a Pakistani-American Woman

"The Who & the What," a new play about a Pakistani-American writer whose new novel threatens to tear her family apart.

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Looking for Riches in All the Wrong Places

The director and translator of a new version of "Donogoo," about  a geography professor who unwittingly sets in motion a stock market swindle of global proportions.


The Miami Clinic Behind the Alex Rodriguez Steroid Scandal

A new book by two investigative journalists on a Miami clinic that had been supplying performance enhancing drugs to baseball players.

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Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life

Questions for Akhil Sharma

The author of Family Life, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's June selection, shared some of the books and authors he loves to read again and again.


Ken Griffey, Sr., at WNYC July 15, 2014

Guest Picks: Ken Griffey, Sr.

Inspired by a road trip, and listening to James Brown.


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