Stefan Fatsis began talking about "sports and the business of sports" with the hosts of All Things Considered in 1998. Since then he has been a familiar weekly voice on the games themselves and their financial, legal and social implications.
The author of three books, Fatsis' national bestseller, Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players, chronicled the subculture of the game and his own rise from novice to expert-level player. A 10th anniversary edition of Word Freak will be published in the summer of 2011.
Fatsis is the author of A Few Seconds of Panic: A Sportswriter Plays in the NFL, the story of his Plimptonian journey as a training-camp placekicker for the Denver Broncos and life in the modern NFL, and Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America's Heartland. He has contributed to the anthologies Anatomy of Baseball, Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time, The Enlightened Bracketologist and The Final Four of Everything.
Fatsis can be heard on Slate.com's weekly sports podcast "Hang Up and Listen." A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Deadspin and other publications.
Roly Poly Radio is a culmination of my life's' exploration of music. I entered the world with a restless desire to learn experientially about everything and everyone. My unwavering desire to push the realms of knowledge has lead me from the highest echelons of society to the cultural fringes of society. It is here that I have learned a simple universal rule: That we are all connected. That we are here to love and be loved. That we all are love. That our brief veering through the worlds of war and injustice are just detour on our way back to true freedom. Music is a way to connect us to that freedom, to connect us to our higher purpose, to connect us to each other.
Roly Poly Radio hopes to offer you music from all over the world. From early recordings of African spirituals to present day recordings of German electronica. From the depths of Latino Hip-Hop to the outskirts of Japanese Pop. From Tchaikovsky symphonies of the 1800's to modern day compositions from Mark Mothersbaugh. Roly Poly Radio is love.
Roly Poly Radio features an exciting mix of music from around the world, with artists like: Boz Scaggs, Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Herbie Hancock, John Denver, Overtone, Tchaikovsky, Slightly Stoopid, Lotus, Imogen Heap, James Vincent McMorrow, Air, Sufjan Stevens and Men at Work.
Roly Poly is diverse, technical, peaceful, bouncy, complex, simple, pensive, happy radio music.