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Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Mar 30, 2018
  • 48:33

Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind Guest: David Wancyzk, Instructor and Editor, Ohio University, Author, "Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind" Picture yourself in the outfield, the sun shining, the grass a vibrant green. Now close your eyes and imagine you have to chase down a fly ball with only your ears to guide you. But the ball is beeping. And imagine that when you come up to bat, you’re still blindfolded. If you manage to connect with the ball, somehow, the base will start buzzing and that’s how you’ll know where to run.   This is Beep Baseball. There are dozens of teams playing it around the US – and a handful of other countries. David Wanczyk explores the sport in his new book, “Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind.”  The Royal Navy Squadron that Ended the African Slave Trade (Originally aired January 12, 2018) Guest: John Broich, PhD, Associate Professor of British Empire History, Case Western Reserve University, Author, “Squadron: Ending the African Slave Trade” Many years after the U.S. and England banned the transport of enslaved people across the Atlantic, and America tore itself to pieces in civil war to end slavery, an active slave trade was still going on in the Indian Ocean on the other side of Africa. But that was so far away it was essentially “out of sight, out of mind” for Americans and many British, too. Those who did know of it couldn’t agree on what to do about it. Some hoped it would peter out naturally. Others, including a Royal Navy commodore named Leopold Heath, believed England had a duty to use all of its military might to end the trade of kidnapped Africans as slaves. So, he assembled a squadron of ship captains and they took it upon themselves. Show More...

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