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Seg. 1: Remembering WWI. Seg. 2: Sabermetrician Bill James.

Segment 1: How to remember war.

How World War 1 was a pivotal moment in how we memorialize wars, with Kansas City's Liberty Memorial playing a key role.

Segment 2, beginning at 31:06: What is baseball without stats?

A Lawrence resident redefined the sport of baseball, calculating efficiency and success through detailed statistics. We talk with Bill James about advising the Red Sox to their World Series win and about critics who say he took the fun out of baseball

  • Bill James, sabermetrician, senior adviser for the Boston Red Sox
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