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Latest Show: Soccer In North Korea, Former NFL RB Baron Batch, Nika Riots

Professional soccer player Soony Saad grew up in the United States, but the Lebanese-American spent a lot of time traveling the world for his sport. This week on Only A Game, one visit he wasn't so eager to make — to North Korea. Also, a former Pittsburgh Steelers running back pursues art — and tests the city's graffiti laws. And a story of politics, protest and chariot races in the Eastern Roman Empire. Join us!

Latest Show: Soccer In North Korea, Former NFL RB Baron Batch, Nika Riots

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Power, Money And Corruption: The Story Of The NCAA

This week on Only A Game, we dedicate an entire hour to the NCAA, race and amateurism.

Power, Money And Corruption: The Story Of The NCAA

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Latest Show: World Record Canoe Trip, Former Dodgers GM, Cam Newton

Don Starkell and his two sons, Dana and Jeff, set out in a canoe on June 1, 1980, to do something that had never been done before. This week on Only A Game, the dangers they faced while paddling 12,000 miles from Canada to Brazil. Also, Ned Colletti shares stories from his time as Dodgers general manager. And, the cost of NFL quarterback Cam Newton's sexist comments. Join us!

Latest Show: World Record Canoe Trip, Former Dodgers GM, Cam Newton

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Latest Show: 'Stengelese,' 61-Year-Old Rookie, College Hoops Scandal

Casey Stengel won seven World Series as Yankees manager. But this week on Only A Game, we remember Stengel for the language all his own. Also, the story of a pitcher who decided to go pro — in his 50s. Plus, the FBI as NCAA enforcers, and the story of an Iranian chess champion who found herself at the center of controversy. Join us!

Latest Show: 'Stengelese,' 61-Year-Old Rookie, College Hoops Scandal

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Latest Show: Baseball On Rosh Hashanah, Kaepernick Jersey, Maria Sharapova

In 1934, Hank Greenberg was the star of a Tigers team vying for the pennant. This week on Only A Game, Greenberg's struggle to balance baseball and his Jewish faith during a period of intense anti-Semitism in Detroit. And a Sports Illustrated reporter donned a Colin Kaepernick jersey and headed into the thick of a Buffalo Bills tailgate. Plus, Maria Sharapova had to overcome Lindsay Davenport — and fox poop — to win her first Wimbledon title. Join us!

Latest Show: Baseball On Rosh Hashanah, Kaepernick Jersey, Maria Sharapova

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Latest Show: 'Deacon' White, Forgotten Gold Medal, Lineman In Vietnam

James "Deacon" White recorded professional baseball's first hit and pioneered the catcher position. This week on Only A Game, 96-year-old Betty Jackson helps tell the story of her grandfather. Also, a long-forgotten Olympic gold medal is recovered by a basketball star and her family. And the tale of a former NFL lineman who played a critical role in the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War. Join us!

Latest Show: 'Deacon' White, Forgotten Gold Medal, Lineman In Vietnam

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Latest Show: Ali And The Court Clerk, Competitive Creative Writing, 'WAR' Song

In 1967, Muhammad Ali was sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. This week on Only A Game, the story of the Supreme Court clerk who helped reverse that ruling. Plus, Ohio middle schools compete for glory in competitive creative writing. And a songwriter uses his music to "WAR" against baseball's most complex statistics. Join us!

Latest Show: Ali And The Court Clerk, Competitive Creative Writing, 'WAR' Song

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Latest Show: Vin Baker, 185-Round Fight, First Female MLB Writers

After losing nearly $100 million, former NBA All-Star Vin Baker found a job ... at Starbucks. This week on Only A Game, Baker talks about addiction — and why serving coffee was "the upswing." Also, the story behind a bare-knuckle fight that lasted 185 rounds. And a look back at the fight over women in the locker room, as Claire Smith becomes the first woman to win baseball's top writing award.

Latest Show: Vin Baker, 185-Round Fight, First Female MLB Writers

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Music Show: Devo And Chi Chi, Barry Zito's Guitar, Finding 'Helena'

Devo's first full-length album featured an image of Hall of Fame golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez on the cover ... kind of. This week on Only A Game, we find out how and why. Also, Barry Zito's journey from Cy Young-winning pitcher to Billboard Top 100 country artist. And, the search for the tennis champion behind a Swedish pop singer's hit single. Join us!

Music Show: Devo And Chi Chi, Barry Zito's Guitar, Finding 'Helena'

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Archenemies: Harrison V. Doubt, Walton V. Pain, Hardy V. Sexism

Summer is a time for superhero blockbusters. This week on Only A Game, we have stories about athletes taking on their archenemies. Our heroes: American hurdler Kendra Harrison battles self-doubt. Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton struggles against chronic back pain. And boxer Heather Hardy fights for gender equality. Join us!

Archenemies: Harrison V. Doubt, Walton V. Pain, Hardy V. Sexism

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