Because Audible was not granted digital audio rights to today's issue of Fresh Air, we have selected a great interview with former major league umpire Ken Kaiser, filmmaker Helen Stickler, and former skateboarder Kenneth Park. Ken Kaiser's new book is Planet of the Umps: A Baseball Life from Behind the Plate (written with David Fisher). Kaiser was called the most colorful umpire in the American League in a 1986 Sporting News poll. He left the major leagues in 2001, after calling balls, strikes, and outs for more than 3,000 games.
Helen Stickler's new documentary is STOKED: The Rise and Fall of Gator. It's about former skateboarding star Mark "Gator" Rogowski who's now serving 31 years to life in prison for the rape and murder of a former girlfriend. Ken Park is interviewed in the film. He's a former skateboarder and friend of Gator. Park is now the president and CEO of John Galt Media. Stickler is an Emmy-nominated writer, producer, and director of documentary films and commercials. (Original Broadcast Date: August 21, 2003)