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Rocking The Boat Big Time: "The Boys In The Boat"

Penguin Books

The sport of rowing gained a reputation over the years--largely deserved--as the snooty sport of wealthy people. 

But a scrubby crew of rowers from the United States held their own with the world's best in the 1936 Olympics, a tale told by Daniel J. Brown in The Boys In The Boat

The sons of loggers and farmers and shipyard workers bested the best in the eight-oar events, and transformed their sport in the process. 

Daniel Brown joins us to talk about what attracted him to the story, and how it all unfolded.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.