Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, February 10,  2017 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Latinos in Sport in America and Border Culture Paradoxes  in the American Southwest

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Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.

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The contribution of immigrants from Mexico, Central and South  America and the Caribbean to the history and development of sport in America is a rich and fascinating story.  Presently, with immigration as a divisive and multi-faceted issue in American politics, an interesting twist exists where  a Mexican-American chooses to play professional soccer in Mexico that brings to light many of the complicated economic, national, political and familial challenges and paradoxes  facing millions who live along the US/Mexico border.   Join Danielle and Doc for the Homepage this Friday at 1:00.

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, January 6,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment:  2017

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Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.

 This week we’ll kick off a look at what is in store for 2017 – World Cup news, and an examination of one Cuba’s national athletic treasures, Javier Sotomayor, the only high-jumper ever to clear 8 feet, but found guilty of steroid/doping use that has implications not only for state sponsored sports programs like that in Russia (also implicated in massive state-sponsored doping scandal), but also for the world of sport in the United States and across the globe from youth sports in small communities to professional sports.

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, December 9,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: The Sporting Legacy of Fidel Castro in Cuba

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Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.

 

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This week Doc and Danielle will discuss the legacy of politics and sport in Cuba in the wake of the death of Fidel Castro – and, an update on the aftermath of the tragic plane crash in Columbia that claimed 71 lives including all but 3 of an entire Brazilian soccer team that was winning the hearts of the nation with their improbable success.

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, September 2,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Panama Al Brown

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Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.

 

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This week we’ll kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with Panama Al Brown who is one of the most fascinating and yet seldom heard about  figures in sports.  A sporting and media sensation in the the early 20th century, Brown was boxing’s first Hispanic champion – but his unusual and often sensational connections to the popular culture of his day transcended boxing and sport. Panama Al Brown’s  story is fascinating commentary on many of the cultural complexities and contradictions  in today’s society including race, sexuality, the media and much more.

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

Thursday, August 18,  2016 at 7:00  PM  –  KHSU’s  Thursday Night Talk 

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Join Doc and host Brenda Starr for a wide-ranging discussion on contemporary sport, politics and some timeless ancient Greek wisdom from the first Olympic Games (Funeral Games) from the 23rd chapter of Homer’s incomparable Iliad more than 2800 years ago.  The more things change…

 

 

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, August 5,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Teofilo Stevenson

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Three-time Olympic gold-medalist Teofilo Stevenson

Today we’ll be looking at one of the greatest  athletes in the history of the modern Olympics, and Cuba’s national sports hero, Teofilo Stevenson (1952 – 2012).  A boxer with size, quickness, ferocity, intelligence and durability, Stevenson won 3 gold medals in three different Olympics. Boxing promoters from the US tried to lure Stevenson with big money to leave Cuba after winning his second gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics to fight heavyweight world champion , Muhammad Ali.  Stevenson, whose popularity rivaled Castro in Cuba, turned down the money, declaring his love for his Cuban countrymen and the Castro regime that held him up as the ultimate exemplar of Cuba’s aspirations. No one would ever know the result of what could truly have  been the “fight of the century.”

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Two great champions who never fought; an aging Muhammad Ali (left) suffering from Parkinson’s Syndrome meeting with Cuban national sports hero, Teofilo Stevenson during Ali’s visit to Cuba in 1996.

 

 

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, June 1,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Pele

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With both Brazil (political and economic woes preceding the upcoming Olympic Games)  and soccer in the headlines recently (Brazil’s early exit from the exciting Copa America tournament), we will look at Brazil’s  Pele, voted 2nd behind only Muhammad Ali in the UK’s Independent newspaper assessment of the century’s greatest athletes.    Though a public figure in Brazil and the world ever since he led Brazil to the 1958 World Cup as the youngest player ever to play in the World Cup at age 17, Pele has had to walk a difficult line in a country that has a complicated and ever-changing political history.  Pele’s incredible personal story of extreme poverty, his rise to living myth status in the annals of Brazilian and world soccer, and his post-playing career, which ended almost 40 years ago in 1977,  is a fascinating story.

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