Because Audible was not granted digital audio rights to today's issue of Fresh Air, we have selected a great interview with former major league umpire Ken Kaiser, filmmaker Helen Stickler, and former skateboarder Kenneth Park. Ken Kaiser's new book is Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from Behind the Plate (written with David Fisher). Kaiser was called the most colorful umpire in the American League in a 1986 Sporting News poll. He left the major leagues in 2001, after calling balls, strikes, and outs for more than 3,000 games. Helen Stickler's new documentary is STOKED: The Rise and Fall of Gator. It's about former skateboarding star Mark "Gator" Rogowski who's now serving 31 years to life in prison for the rape and murder of a former girlfriend. Ken Park is interviewed in the film. He's a former skateboarder and friend of Gator. Park is now the president and CEO of John Galt Media. Stickler is an Emmy-nominated writer, producer, and director of documentary films and commercials. (Original Broadcast Date: August 21, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/040128/rt_whyy_040128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Many persons know the importance of exercise in their daily lives. The challenge most person have is allocating time for exercise. In dealing with this most important issue, you will be exposed to why exercise is a good thing. Then an introduction into the principles of exercise will be done. Did you know that even though emphasis is place on regular exercise, you will notice that a rest day is equally important? Learn why finding a routine is so vital and why planning goals for exercise routine is extremely important. How will motivation help you stay the course? For you to experience success you must appreciate how crucial time management is and why you should not go overboard in planning your time. You must also learn to set realistic goals. What impact will poor nutrition have on exercise? Will you allow yourself to become obsessed with the scale? See why this is wrong! Why cardio workout and why choose sporting bra are so important. How will using a pedometer help in your exercise routine? Some persons are really concern with how to navigate the course of exercising with health issues. We can only underscore the importance of regular exercise and why attaining fitness is critical but it is making time to accomplish all this that will translate into a healthier lifestyle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Webb. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025956/bk_acx0_025956_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Discover skills to resolve touchy, controversial, and complex issues at work and at home, now available in this follow-up to the internationally popular Crucial Conversations. Behind the problems that routinely plague organizations and families, you'll find individuals who are either unwilling or unable to deal with failed promises. Others have broken rules, missed deadlines, failed to live up to commitments, or just plain behaved badly, and nobody steps up to the issue. Or they do, but do a lousy job and create a whole new set of problems. Accountability suffers and new problems spring up. New research demonstrates that these disappointments aren't just irritating, they're costly, sapping organizational performance by 20 to 50 percent and accounting for up to 90 percent of divorces. Crucial Confrontations teaches skills drawn from 10,000 hours of real-life observations to increase confidence in facing issues like: An employee speaks to you in an insulting tone that crosses the line between sarcasm and insubordination. Now what? Your boss just committed you to a deadline you know you can't meet, and not-so-subtly hinted he doesn't want to hear complaints about it. Your son walks through the door sporting colorful new body art that raises your blood pressure by 40 points. Speak now, pay later. An accountant wonders how to step up to a client who is violating the law. Can you spell unemployment? Family members fret over how to tell granddad that he should no longer drive his car. This is going to get ugly. A nurse worries about what to say to an abusive physician. She quickly remembers "how things work around here" and decides not to say anything. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barrett Whitener. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/graw/000047/bk_graw_000047_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On January 1, 1966, New York came to a standstill as the city's transit workers went on strike. This was the first day on the job for Mayor John Lindsay - a handsome, young former congressman with presidential aspirations - and he would approach the issue with an unconventional outlook that would be his hallmark. He ignored the cold and walked four miles, famously declaring, "I still think it is a fun city." As profound social, racial, and cultural changes sank the city into repeated crises, critics lampooned Lindsay's "fun city". Yet for all the hard times the city endured during and after his tenure as mayor, there was indeed fun to be had. Against this backdrop, too, the sporting scene saw tremendous upheaval. On one hand, the venerable Yankees - who had won 15 pennants in an 18-year span before 1965 - and the NFL's powerhouse Giants suddenly went into a level of decline neither had known for generations, as stars like Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford on the diamond and Y. A. Tittle on the gridiron aged quickly. But on the other, the fall of the city's sports behemoths was accompanied by the rise of antiestablishment outsiders - there were Joe Namath and the Jets as well as the shocking triumph of the Amazin' Mets, who won the 1969 World Series after spending the franchise's first eight seasons in the cellar. Meanwhile, the city's two overlooked franchises, the Knicks and Rangers, also had breakthroughs, bringing new life to Madison Square Garden. The overlap of these two worlds in the 1960s - Lindsay's politics and the reemerging sports landscape - serves as the backbone of Fun City. In the vein of Ladies and Gentlemen: The Bronx Is Burning, the book tells the story of a remarkable and thrilling time in New York sports against the backdrop of a remarkable and often difficult time for the city, culturally and socially. The late '60s were an era in which New York toughened up in a lot of ways; it also was an era in which a changing 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Price. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025209/bk_adbl_025209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Research on excellence tends to focus on individual characteristics while ignoring to a large extent the wider socio-cultural aspects of achievement. This is especially evident in sports. The aim of this study is to frame the issue of sporting excellence sociologically and to address the question whether and if so how the social context affects sport performance, achievement and excellence. This work is based on four empirical research projects within the elite and youth sport culture in Iceland. Each project shows different aspects of the influence of the socio-cultural context on the value we place on sports, what sports we play, how we play sports and most notably on sport achievement. Together making a case for further sociological studies in the field of achievement and excellence in sports. This text is further intended to enrich the literature of achievement and excellence in general, to draw attention to the socio-cultural aspects of excellent performance, and to propose a new field of analysis of achievement and excellence, 'a sociology of excellence'.
The work of the board in the non-profit sporting context has received little attention from academics, yet is widely recognized as a central "management" issue for sport organizations. In particular, the strategic role of the board, while recognized as a key function, is a fuzzy concept for many. In order to learn more about this aspect of sport management, the research investigated how boards of national sport organizations (NSOs) could develop their strategic capability. This work considered what meaning board members of NSOs attach to the concept of "strategic capability", what factors both constrain and enable the strategic capability of NSO boards, what actions can be taken to develop the strategic capability of NSO boards, and what are the implications of such action. By engaging an action research approach, unique to this field of study, this research not only developed theory but also created change within the selected organizations in order to gain a deeper understanding of board strategic capability.
Children involved in sport often find that there are several demands made on them from many diverse sources, such as team expectations, coach's success and needs of the school or team. Particularly extremely talented children may represent their parent's hopes for achievement, or may be considered as future international stars. The main issue for parents is finding the proper balance of support and encouragement, as well as understanding the influence their behavior may have on the way their children experience sport. Parents should become increasingly aware of the fact that children perceive and interpret parental involvement in different ways, and consequently have the desire for involvement in a way they perceive positively in their sporting career. The purpose of this book is to examine how a group of competitive adolescent swimmers experience parental involvement. The focus is to create awareness regarding possible negative perceptions in relation to parental involvement in children's sport. Therefore, useful guidelines that may lead to positive involvement by parents and greater enjoyment of the sport by participants, the children,are highlighted.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Gender verification in sports (also known as sex verification, or loosely as gender determination or a sex test) is the issue of verifying the eligibility of an athlete to compete in a sporting event that is limited to a single sex. The issue arose a number of times in the Olympic games where it was alleged that male athletes attempted to compete as women in order to win, or that an intersexed person competed as a woman. Sex testing began at the 1966 European Athletics Championships in response to suspicion that several of the best women athletes from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were actually men. At the Olympics, testing was introduced at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble. While it arose primarily from the Olympic Games, gender verification affects any sporting event. However, it most often becomes an issue in elite international competition.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. ESPN The Magazine is a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) sports magazine published by the ESPN sports network in Bristol, Connecticut in the United States. The first issue was published on March 11, 1998. The main sports covered include Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, college basketball, and college football. The magazine typically takes a more light-hearted and humorous approach to sporting news compared to competitors such as Sports Illustrated and Sporting News. It often covers players whose careers have suffered as a result of incidents off the field.