Something Like the Gods

Stephen Amidon's lively work of history puts the spotlight on the athlete as cultural icon. From Roman gladiator to the modern savants of the court, the track and the gridiron, the body at play retains the power to inspire. An exploration of the athlete's evolving role through time and our fascination with the ultimate physical expressions of power and grace.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.