Kresta in the Afternoon – April 13, 2010 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Fablehaven

    Fablehaven is a secret nature preserve protecting the beings of myth and legend from the outside world. The current caretaker, Stan Sorenson, describes it as “a refuge for mystical creatures”. Those who live in this large sanctuary, mortal and magical, must abide by a treaty of rules. The most common rules are focused upon “the law of the harvest” or “the law of retribution” meaning, you reap what you sow. Brandon Mull is the author of the bestselling Fablehaven fantasy series and Volume 5 is now available. Brandon joins us in studio.

    Second Topic – Kiss It Good-Bye: The Mystery, The Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

     

    In 1960, an upstart Pittsburgh Pirates team beat the highly favored New York Yankees in the World Series. Given the power of a Yankee roster that included Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra, that improbable victory did more than give long-suffering Pirates fans something to cheer about; it put Pittsburgh on the map. Though John Moody was only six years old during that magical baseball season, he was a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh team. The star pitcher for the Pirates and John's first hero was Vernon Law-- an unsophisticated Idaho country boy, widely known as The Deacon, a friendly nickname derived from his strict Mormon upbringing. Law was a relatively young man at the time and should have enjoyed several more seasons of fame and success, yet his career went into decline following that phenomenal Series. As we kick off this baseball season, John Moody explores a compelling mystery that has persisted now for nearly fifty years, revealing at last why Vernon Law was unable to continue his dominance of Major League batters.

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