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Episode 44
Featuring Sam Walker
Demetri Kofinas speaks with Sam Walker of the Wall Street Journal about his new book, The Captain Class. Humans gravitate naturally towards sports, but our love affair with athletic performance is about more than rivalry alone. Sports give us a front row seat to the unfolding drama of evolutionary forces that have shaped human selection.

In this week’s episode of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Sam Walker, the Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise. In his capacity at the Journal, Sam directs the paper’s in-depth, page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, sports columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the WSJ's prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009. Sam is also the author of The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams. In addition to The Captain Class, he is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his attempt to win America’s top fantasy baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion).

 

Human beings gravitate naturally towards sports. We love competition, but our love affair with athletic performance is not just about rivalry. It’s about so much more. As our lives becomes increasingly intermediated by computer interfaces, spectator sports provide one of the few remaining ways to experience the elegance and power of the human body. In a world that is constantly changing, sports are a window into the old. They offer us a rare glimpse at millions of years of evolution – the impulses, characteristics, and behavioral urges of our ancestors. Team sports, in particular, give us a front row seat to the unfolding drama of evolutionary forces that have shaped human selection. Demetri's conversation with Sam Walker is, in some sense, a search for the DNA of greatness.

 

Producer & Host: Demetri Kofinas
Editor & Engineer: Stylianos Nicolaou
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Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s leadership columnist, a keynote speaker and team-building consultant. In his two decades at the Journal, he has served as sports columnist, deputy page-one editor and founding editor of the paper’s prizewinning daily sports coverage. His bestselling 2006 book, Fantasyland, chronicled his bid to win Tout Wars, the world’s top fantasy-baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion). He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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