Humboldt Homepage – Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM on KHSU 90.5 FM, Arcata, CA
Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on Latin and Central American and Caribbean athletes, popular culture and politics. This feature is an outgrowth of Doc’s 14-part series for the El Sol Bilingue Newspaper in Ukiah, CA.
He was a political activist whose heroes included the Beatles’ John Lennon and Communist revolutionaries Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. He drank and smoked but was a medical doctor. He was a political and economic columnist, writer and actor. And, he was one of the greatest midfielders to play the game of soccer (football)– and, in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s he became a living symbol and force for democratic justice for the nation of Brazil. Muhammad Ali and Billie Jean King were perhaps the most famous athletes in the past who took principled political stands in the United States. But Brazil had their philosopher-king of football – and his name, fittingly, was Socrates.
Listen in for a fascinating picture of a true rebel who also played the game with unabated joy. In an era today where the best athletes command high-priced endorsements it is uncommon to see them take political stands. What effect would someone like Socrates have today in the age of social media? Would he have simply been a Brazilian phenomenon? Tune in!