Sep 19, 2011 — Many athletes have reputations for being obnoxious, overpaid and rude. But there's another kind of sportsman, and it's the one that author Jon Reiner emulates. He calls it the "gentleman jock" and he recommends books written by three of them.
Aug 27, 2010 — Widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Andre Agassi admitted in his autobiography that he hates tennis, "with a dark and secret passion." Always has. He spoke to Terry Gross last November about what he calls the "contradictions" at the core of his life.
Nov 17, 2009 — This week's staff picks: Biographies from bad-boy Andre Agassi and 'Rogue' politician Sarah Palin. Stephen King returns to form in a new novel, Zadie Smith fascinates in collected essays, and science writer Nicholas Wade argues that God is just an evolutionary adaptation.
Nov 11, 2009 — Widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Andre Agassi admits in a new autobiography that he hates tennis, "with a dark and secret passion." Always has. He's here to talk with host Terry Gross about what he calls the "contradictions" at the core of his life.
Sep 23, 2009 — At 27, Serena Williams has won every major title in tennis — but she made headlines this year for her bad behavior at the U.S. Open. In her new book, On The Line, Williams describes her life in the sport. In an interview, she discusses that infamous match — and playing against her sister.
Aug 25, 2008 — As the 35th anniversary of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs "Battle of the Sexes" match approaches, co-host Renee Montagne talks to tennis legend Billie Jean King about that famous match. King highlights the lessons that helped her win that match in a new book, Pressure is a Privilege.
Aug 27, 2007 — As the U.S. Open officially begins, fans are remembering Althea Gibson. Fifty years ago, Gibson was the first African-American to win the prestigious competition. Sue Stauffacher, author of Nothing but Trouble: The Althea Gibson Story, talks about the tennis legend's life and her unique challenges in the sport.
Dec 13, 2005 — Sportswriter and author Christine Brennan doesn't always choose sports-oriented titles for giving and getting at the holidays, but this years she finds a few titles too good to ignore.