November 23, 2011 Biographer Jane Leavy strips baseball hero Mickey Mantle of his glamour, while basketball coach Roy Williams looks back on his career, and filmmaker Sam Irvin celebrates the resilient gleam of performer and writer Kay Thompson. Also, C.J. Chivers explores the AK-47 and its impact on warfare.
November 3, 2011 From the death of a Georgian luger at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics to the mechanics of hockey fights, the best sportswriting can inspire a range of human emotion. Jane Leavy, editor of The Best American Sports Writing 2011 anthology, joins NPR's Neal Conan to share some of her favorite sports stories.
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November 24, 2010 Mickey Mantle was everything Jane Leavy remembered when she met him. He was the Hall of Fame Yankee, with unmet potential; the great competitor, with a smile as wide as Oklahoma. But Mantle was human, and fought his own demons. Leavy tells Mantle's story, the story of her hero, in The Last Boy..
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