June 3rd Show

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga (#58) looks at first base umpire Jim Joyce (partially obscured) who called Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald safe in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's baseball game in Detroit.  As a result of the call, Galarraga lost his bid for a perfect game.  In our second hour, Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp talks about the call, and what could have been. Paul Sancya/AP Photo hide caption

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga (#58) looks at first base umpire Jim Joyce.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga (#58) looks at first base umpire Jim Joyce (partially obscured) who called Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald safe in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's baseball game in Detroit.  As a result of the call, Galarraga lost his bid for a perfect game.  In our second hour, Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp talks about the call, and what could have been.

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Grand Trunk Road
India and Pakistan are home to one-fifth of the world's population. Outside perceptions of the two South Asian nations often include worries about terrorism and images of poverty, even as their youthful populations sport blue jeans and the latest cell phones. Last month, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep and executive producer Madhulika Sikka traveled the Pakistani portion of the ancient Grand Trunk Road, a 1,500 mile highway linking the two rival nations. They encountered a country undergoing dramatic change as tradition and modernity meet — and found that day-to-day life is every bit as complex, and mundane, as anywhere else. Steve Inskeep and Madhulika Sikka share what they found along the Grand Trunk Road.

The Worst Call in Baseball

Baseball fans saw the most famous imperfect game in history last night. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was closing in on a perfect game.  Cleveland's Jason Donald slapped his next pitch to the right side of the infield, and the first baseman threw it to Galarraga at first for the out. But, umpire Jim Joyce ruled Donald safe at first.  After the game, even Joyce admitted that he blew the call — and the perfect game.  Today, Neal Conan talks with Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp about reaction in Detroit, and what could have been.

Unfinished Business
Lee Kravitz, a workaholic most of his life, lost his job, and found himself adrift. He decided to take stock of his life and commited an entire year to reconnecting with the people who mattered to him, and taking care of long overdue debts and promises.  Kravitz's book is called Unfinished Business, and he talks about what he learned in his year of making amends.

What Makes a Good Commencement Address?
Amy Dickinson is used to dispensing advice to millions of people in her syndicated Ask Amy column. Once in while, she turns the tables and asks readers for their help. Later this month, Amy will give a commencement speech at a Maryland High School. She's been asking readers for help on what wisdom to impart, besides the obvious lessons of working hard, having fun, and being nice to people. Instead of delivering a bucket of cliches, she wants to know what to say to hold a captive audience of young people.  Dickinson asks Neal Conan and listeners for help drafting a great commencement address

 

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