Bookwaves/Artwaves – August 27, 2020: Roger Kahn and the Boys of Summer

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Roger Kahn, who died on February 6, 2020 at the age of 92, was one of the icons in the world of baseball writing. His classic “The Boys of Summer,” about his relationship with his father and their united love for the Brooklyn Dodgers, is one of the greatest baseball books of all time. He started his career in journalism in 1948 as a copyboy for the New York Herald Tribune and within four years was covering the Dodgers for that newspaper. He moved over to Newsweek in 1956 and the Saturday Evening Post in 1963 as he revved up his career writing both fiction and non-fiction books, mostly but not exclusively about baseball, and the ups and downs of his own life.

On October 13, 1993, Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky sat down for an extended interview with Roger Kahn about his book, “The Era: 1947-1957, when the Yankees, the Giants and the Dodgers Ruled the World. “ It turned out he was a marvelous raconteur, as well as a keen historian of racism in the sport. In fact, his final book, published in 2014, was titled “Rickey and Robinson: The True, Untold Story of the Integration of Baseball.”  (Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson).

Dick Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky would interview Roger Kahn once more, in 1998, but that interview focused not on baseball but on a biography of boxer Jack Dempsey. After this interview, Roger Kahn would go on to write six more books, including not only the history of the early days of integration, and the biography of Dempsey, but a memoir of the people he met, a book about the view from the pitching mound, and a history of the New York Yankees improbable run for the pennant in 1978.

Digitized, remastered and re-edited in 2020 by Richard Wolinsky. This interview has not aired since its original broadcast.

This program was uploaded before the cancellation of several major league games protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Digitized, remastered and re-edited in August, 2020 by Richard Wolinsky. This interview has not been aired since its original broadcast.

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Announcement Links

Book Passage. Conversations with Authors features Ursula Hegi on Saturday August 29, Pramala Jayapal and Sunday August 30, both at 4 pm Pacific time.
The Booksmith presents Vanessa Veselka in conversation with Emma Donoghue tonight at 7 pm, at Sara Jaquette Ray on Monday August 31 at 7 pm, and the book launch for Meg Elison’s new novel Find Layla on Tuesday September 1 at 7 pm.
Kepler’s Books presents Refresh the Page, on line interviews and talks. Registration required.
Bay Area Book Festival
features Michael Pollan and Merlin Sheldrake on Entangled Life and the world of Fungi, which first aired on Wednesday August 26.

Theatre Rhino Live Thursday performance conceived and performed by John Fisher on Facebook Live and Zoom at 8 pm Thursday August 27 is Saint John Fisher.
San Francisco Playhouse fireside chat Thursday August 27 at 7 pm is Betty Shameih with Bill English. No Zoomlet play this coming Monday.
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) begins a series of live then streamed ticketed productions, titled InterAct, starting on September 4 with In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar. Tickets on sale on the website.
42nd Street Moon. 8 pm Tuesdays: Tuesday Talks Over the Moon. Fridays at 8 pm: Full Moon Fridays Cabaret. Sundays at 8 pm: Quiz Me Kate: Musical Theatre Trivia.
Shotgun Players.  Live streamed Digital Brain with Josh Kornbluth begins October 16, 2020. Tickets on sale on the website.
Berkeley Rep. Another live performance by Hershey Felder, George Gershwin Alone, airs on Sunday September 13 at 5 pm. Tickets on sale on the website.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Another live performance by Hershey Felder, George Gershwin Alone, airs on Sunday September 13 at 5 pm. Tickets on sale on the website. TheatreWorks’ production of the musical Pride and Prejudice is now streaming with an Amazon Prime subscription.
California Shakepeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) has various offerings on its You Tube channel.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts new on-line programming series featuring classes, concerts, poetry sessions and more..
Aurora Theatre. A new ticketed audio drama, The Flats, written by Lauren Gunderson, Cleaven Smith and Jonathan Spector, with Lauren English, Anthony Fusco and Khary L. Moye, directed by Josh Costello, will stream this fall, date to be announced.
Marin Theatre Company Aldo Billingslea performs Three Story Walk Up by Gamel Abdel Chasen as part of the Breath Project, streaming on the site. Lauren Gunderson’s play Natural Shocks streams through Soundcloud on the website.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre presents the play Ten Out of Twelve by Anne Washburn Monday August 31 at 7 pm on Zoom.
presents a series titled Hella Theatre with Peter J. Kuo of ACT tonight at 6 pm. It’s a weekly show and this is episode three, Directing in Color.
Central Works
The Script Club, where you read the script of a new play and send comments to the playwright. September script has not yet been announced.
Lincoln Center Live Through September 8, 2020: Carousel, with Kelli O’Hara & Nathan Gunn.
Public Theatre: The Line streams through the website. A radio recording of Richard II is also available through the website.

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