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Pros & Prose
49 minutes | Apr 15, 2019
Brian Windhorst on How LeBron James Became a Global Icon
In the latest episode of Pros & Prose, Micah is joined by Brian Windhorst of ESPN to talk about his new book, LeBron Inc: The Making of a Billion Dollar Athlete. Together, they discuss the Decision and why it was poorly received, why LeBron chose Nike over Reebok and Adidas, and what has enabled LeBron to have such off court success in addition to his on court triumphs.
45 minutes | Mar 21, 2019
Jane Leavy on Babe Ruth and the Man Behind the Myths
In our latest episode, Micah is joined by New York Times bestselling author Jane Leavy to discuss her latest book, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created. Together they discuss who Babe Ruth was as a man apart from the mythology surrounding him, what was most rewarding about the research process, and how he, along with his agent Christy Walsh, essentially invented the idea of modern celebrity.
48 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
Gold Medal Winner Wyomia Tyus on her life story
This February, in honor of Black History Month, Pros & Prose will be focusing on the stories of black athletes and their fight for equality, and in this latest episode, Micah interviews Wyomia Tyus - the first person to ever win back to back Olympic golds in the 100 meter dash. Together, they talked about her growing up in the Jim Crow South, the importance her coach Ed Temple had on her life, and her fight for justice as a black woman.
44 minutes | Feb 15, 2019
Howard Bryant on the Heritage of activism by black athletes
This February, in honor of Black History Month, Pros & Prose will be focusing on the stories of black athletes and their fight for equality, and in our latest episode, Micah interviews Howard Bryant about his new book, the Heritage, which recounts the history of activism by black athletes. Together, they had a great conversation about why activism peaked in the 60's before ebbing for several decades, and why it's made such a prominent reappearance in recent years.
60 minutes | Feb 11, 2019
Andrew Maraniss on Perry Wallace and his struggle to become the first black basketball player in the SEC
This February, in honor of Black History Month, Pros & Prose will be focusing on the stories of black athletes and their fight for equality. To begin, Micah interviewed Andrew Maraniss, the New York Times bestselling author of Strong Inside, a biography of Perry Wallace, who became the first black basketball player in SEC history. They had a great conversation and Andrew had lots of great insights about Perry's struggles, triumphs, and legacy.
63 minutes | Jan 16, 2019
Joel Gunderson on the unlikely success of Boise State football
In this episode, Micah is joined by Joel Gunderson, here to talk about his first book, Boise State of Mind, which chronicles the rise of Boise State football from a small junior college to a national power. Together they discuss the history of the program, its most notable moments, and what lessons other schools could learn from Boise State's success.
65 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
Brin-Jonathan Butler on the Grandmaster and the world of chess
In today's episode, Micah is joined by Brin-Jonathan Butler, the author of the recently released The Grandmaster, which focuses on the 2016 World Chess Championships and the strange world of chess. Together they talk about what makes Magnus Carlsen so great, why Bobby Fischer still captures the imagination of so many, and why so many great chess players seem to lose their minds in the process.
50 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
Keith Law on Baseball's Statistical Revolution and his new book, Smart Baseball
In the latest episode of Pros & Prose, Micah is joined by ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law. Together, they discuss the statistical revolution in baseball, Hall of Fame voting, what the future of baseball may look like, and why Keith is no longer qualified for the front office job he once held.
57 minutes | Nov 8, 2018
Gary Pomerantz on Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, and his new book, the Last Pass
In the latest episode of Pros and Prose, Micah is joined by Gary Pomerantz who is here to discuss his new book, the Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End. Together, they talk about what made the Celtics so special, what Cousy regrets about that time, and what Civil War novel Gary keeps coming back to.
48 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
John Eisenberg on his new book, the League, and the early days of the NFL
In the newest episode of Pros & Prose, Micah is joined by John Eisenberg, the author of a new book entitled The League about the early days of the NFL and the owners who worked together to ensure the league's survival. Together they talk about how the book came together, why the NFL struggled to get off the ground initially, and what changes were made that helped it become the multibillion dollar enterprise it is today.
61 minutes | Oct 25, 2018
Rafe Bartholomew on Basketball: A Love Story
On this episode, Micah is joined by Rafe Bartholomew, one of the authors of Basketball: A Love Story - a tremendous new oral history of basketball. Together, they discuss how the book came together, and how they were able to turn hundreds of hours of interviews into a book. Also, they talk about basketball history and Rafe shares a number of his favorite anecdotes like how Spencer Haywood struggled to get a passport for the 1968 Olympics and what David Stern was doing when he saw the Malice at the Palace.
57 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
Ian O'Connor on his new biography of Bill Belichick
In our latest episode, Micah is joined by Ian O'Connor, the author of a New York Times bestselling biography of New England Patriots coach, Bill Belichick. Together, they talked about the research and writing process of the book and what made Belichick such a tricky topic to write about as well as about Belichick's life and career and what has made him both so successful and so polarizing.
42 minutes | Oct 8, 2018
Jeff Pearlman on the USFL and his new book, Football For a Buck
In the latest episode of Pros & Prose, New York Times Bestselling author Jeff Pearlman joins Micah to talk about his new book, Football for a Buck: the Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL. Together, they talked about what made the league special, why it's been forgotten, and how Donald Trump helped ruin it.
44 minutes | Sep 28, 2018
Pros & Prose: Alexander Wolff on Great Basketball Writing
In this episode of Pros & Prose, Micah is joined by Alexander Wolff, the editor of Library America's new collection, Basketball: Great Writing About America's Game. Wolff is the author of several previous books including Big Game, Small World and the Audacity of Hoop. We had a great conversation about the collection itself and the development of basketball writing through the years.
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