10.11.15: Sportsball

Oct 9, 2015

From dreaming of the big leagues to a roller derby revival— today, we enter the wild and wacky world of sports, starting with the origin story of the most successful non-carbonated beverage in the US and a staple of the pro sports sidelines: Gatorade. Plus, for a long time, being a Red Sox fan was to be an outsider, hardcore. That hard living, punk attitude motivated a group of teenagers to produce the most popular, and aggressive, T-shirt in Boston history. We’ll hear the Hollywood-worthy story behind the “Yankees Suck” t-shirt.

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The History of Gatorade

Neil Amdur is the president and owner of the multimedia company, Amdur Productions and former sports editor for The New York Times. He co-directed, along with David Beilinson, ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on the history of Gatorade: 30 for 30 Shorts: The Sweat Solution.

Your Kid Isn't Going Pro

KJ Dell’Antonia is the lead writer and editor of the New York Times Motherlode blog where she wrote about the pitfalls of fantasizing about raising a pro-athlete. Odds Are, Your Sport-Playing Child Isn’t Going Pro. Now What?

She Is Mighty

Hoping your kid makes it to the pros might not be the most realistic dream, but it might be more likely that one day they’ll grow up to be a roller derby star. Producer Phoebe Flanigan introduces us to the founders of the Cape Cod Roller Derby league.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org

"Yankees Suck!"

Amos Barshad is Staff Writer for Grantland, where he wrote about the rise and fall of the drug-fueled, violent, and highly lucrative empire behind the once ubiquitous “Yankees Suck” t-shirt.

The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus is a rare bird in the music world – an accessible jazz band that still has room for experimentation.  The band is Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums, and Reid Anderson on bass - and you can see them perform with Joshua Redman at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire on Tuesday, October 13th.