Fresh Air Weekend: Baseball, Bugs And Sly Stone

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Clockwise from left to right: Brad Ausmus, Sly Stone, shining flower beetles. David Zalubowski/AP Photo, Ace Records, Alex Wild Photography hide caption

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Clockwise from left to right: Brad Ausmus, Sly Stone, shining flower beetles.

Clockwise from left to right: Brad Ausmus, Sly Stone, shining flower beetles.

David Zalubowski/AP Photo, Ace Records, Alex Wild Photography

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

'Sex On Six Legs': When Insects Go Wild: Everything you wanted to know about bug sex (but didn't bother to ask) is explained in a new book. Insect expert Marlene Zuk describes how ants learn, why some crickets don't chirp and how various bugs mate in Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language from the Insect World.

Covering The Plate: A Baseball Catcher Tells All: Former major league player Brad Ausmus has been called one of the best catchers in baseball. He spent 18 seasons in the big leagues, playing for teams like the Dodgers and the Padres. He details what it's like to crouch behind home plate, deal with umps and make pitching calls.

Sly Stone: The Early Days In The East Bay: Stone is known to millions from the records he made with Sly and the Family Stone. But his early days, and the recordings he produced for his own Stone Flower label, add another dimension to the career of this enigmatic character, rock historian Ed Ward said.

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