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Mike Pesca is one of our very favorite guests -- on any number of topics. And he's got a new book out: Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History.

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African American children are more likely to drown in swimming pools than white American children. Jeff Wiltse, Professor of History at the University of Montana and author of Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America, has researched how this shocking statistic in racial disparity is rooted in America’s discriminatory past at public swimming pools.

Wiltse recently spoke with Connecticut Public Radio’s Lucy Nalpathanchil about how this problem still divides across America’s racial lines, how African Americans suffered the most, and how the disparity will separate class lines in the future.

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Governor Dannel Malloy will meet with legislative leaders Wednesday to work on a game plan to bring sports betting to Connecticut.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that had barred state-authorized sports betting with the exception of Nevada. Now states, including Connecticut are scrambling to get a state wagering system up and running.

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Black children are three times more likely to drown in the United States than white children. This hour, we learn the history behind this deadly disparity.

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The Supreme Court threw open the door to legalized sports betting on Monday. By a 6-3 vote, the court struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting.

"Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own," the court wrote.

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The Capital Region Development Authority has opened the bidding process for the sale of Hartford’s XL Center.

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Connecticut’s Dr. Karissa Niehoff has been named the executive director of America’s ruling body of high school sports and activities, the National Federation of State High School Association. She’ll be the first-ever woman to lead the organization.

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Joe Biden is seriously thinking about running for president in 2020. He's got a wealth of political experience and institutional knowledge. He's vibrant and in good health.  He's also seventy-five-years-old. Many of us are quietly wondering if he's too old for the job.

Rendering of Hartford Sports Group's proposed renovations to Dillon Stadium.
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Hartford City Council approved a state-bonded $10 million renovation of the historic Dillon Stadium Monday night.

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The UConn women’s basketball team will play in their 11th straight Final Four this weekend. No team in either the men’s or women’s game has ever done that. But not everyone thinks that’s a good thing.

"I knew deep down inside I wanted just one more job in coaching--a place where Final Fours and national championships are a real distinct possibility," Hurley said Friday.
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The University of Connecticut introduced Dan Hurley as the school’s new men’s basketball coach Friday in Storrs. Hurley has a six-year deal with the Huskies and, with incentives, could make $18.75 million.

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The University of Connecticut has hired a new men’s basketball coach. The school has confirmed that Dan Hurley is leaving the University of Rhode Island for UConn on a six-year deal.

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Every year at this time, we invite an improv comic and an ex-politician-turned-political-pundit on to break down the NCAA tournament brackets and battle for sports analyst supremacy. Logically.

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The University of Connecticut announced Saturday that it’s separating from men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie.

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The Times of London has said that Martin Amis "is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist." His latest collection of essays and reportage covers 1994 through 2017, Travolta through Trump.

Amis joins us for the hour.

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