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 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  

Friday, June 1,  2018 at 1:00  PM   

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Karla Wheelock:  Mexico’s greatest athlete?

While not as well-known as boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez, footballer Hugo Sanchez,  baseball pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, or golfer Lorena Ochoa,  Karla Wheelock is one of Mexico’s national sporting treasures.   A lawyer, leadership expert, a public speaker and writer, Wheelock is the first woman from Latin America to ascend the north slope of Mount Everest and the first Latin American woman to climb the highest mountain peaks in all seven continents.   Karla Wheelock combines precision athleticism, exquisite and detailed planning, human grit and courage in risking what few women or men have ever done.   Why climb mountains?   Because you can only ascend to how high you aspire.  Wheelock transcends national and gender barriers as an inspiration for everyone to set one’s goals high.   Listen to Danielle and Doc today on the Humboldt Magazine.  

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 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  Rod Carew

Friday, May 4,  2018 at 1:00  PM   

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Panama’s Rod Carew was one of the greatest hitters in major league baseball history.  He was a seven-time American League hitting champion, had 18 straight All-Star appearances, was the American League Most Valuable Player (1977) and had 3053 career hits with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels.  He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1991.

Born in 1945 in the Canal Zone in Panama on a train in the rear of a segregated car, he was named Rodney by his mother to honor the physician who raced back to help deliver him.   His family immigrated to New York City in 1960 where he was an excellent high school student and played semi-pro baseball before entering the minor leagues and then the majors, becoming Rookie of the Year in 1967 for the Minnesota Twins.

But Rod Carew’s story after his major league playing career ended is a humanitarian one – a combination of both medical and personal tragedy, resilience and astonishing coincidence.  Listen to Danielle and Doc today for an amazing “fact is stranger than fiction” story.

 

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 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  Brazil’s incomparable SENNA

 
He was more than an just an athlete – a perfectionist, devout Christian,  confident, complex, fearless and yet soft-spoken.   A child of privilege, he nonetheless had a profound sense of social justice and gave millions to the under-privileged during his life and left a legacy after his death through his foundation.  He set a standard of excellence and artistry that his peers and fellow athletes admire to this day.
He transcended sport and politics and was beloved and sainted in his home country, but he also had racing fans around the world.   Generations who never saw him can see footage of his races as well as the award-winning 2011 documentary Senna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BTqnKH3amY . He was only 34 when he died in a crash while racing in 1994.  And, if you’re not Brazilian or a race-car driving fan, he’s the greatest athlete you’ve never heard of – Ayrton Senna.

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 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  Baseball’s Havana Sugar Kings

Friday, March 23, 2018

 

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The relationship between the United States and Cuba under the current administration is now in limbo after the recent thawing of relations under the Obama administration.  Baseball has always been one of the important shared cultural traditions between the the two countries  going all the way back to the 19th century.   58 years ago, there was a brief moment in time when a professional baseball team, the Havana Sugar Kings, represented the potential for cultural commonality between the US and Cuba even after Cuba’s revolution in 1959.   Ultimately, the Sugar Kings, who won the International League World Series in 1959, became a political pawn between  Major League baseball and the Eisenhower administration and Fidel Castro.   The demise of the Sugar Kings in Cuba presaged the rapid deterioration of US-Cuban relations that was to continue for more than a half a century.   But, hope springs eternal.   With some of the best major league players in baseball  hailing from Cuba, and a need for Major League Baseball to expand international markets in order to stay competitive with professional basketball and football, one never knows what role baseball holds for potential cooperation between the two countries in the future.  

 

“One more step…and we arrive!”

 

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 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  Basketball in Mexico and Guatemala

Friday, January 8,  2018 at 1:00  PM   

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Join Danielle and Doc today as they begin 2018 by first looking at two of our neighbors to the south, Mexico and Guatemala.  Mexico has a time-honored tradition of basketball, and its popularity continues to grow at the national and local level.  Basketball is also played in small communities in Guatemala including indigenous Mayan groups – notable for participation by women and young girls.  And finally, a fascinating brief look back at a Mexican-American high-school basketball team team in Texas that won an improbable city championship almost 80 years ago – and its cultural reverberations today.  
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 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their Connection to Popular Culture and Politics:  

2017 Year in Review  

Friday, December 8,  2017 at 1:00  PM   

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Join Danielle and Doc as the look at themes from 2017 that included Mexico’s unique interconnection to US economics, border culture and history through the lens of sport, the varied connections to Latin America and the Caribbean via the sport of baseball in particular, and finally the national and hero worship of two distinct transcendent athletes:  Argentina’s Diego Maradona and Puerto Rico’s Roberto Clemente.   

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 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  Maradona

Friday, November 3,  2017 at 1:00  PM   

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Argentina’s Diego Maradona is considered, along with Brazil’s Pele, to be the greatest soccer player of the 20th century.  Short, stocky, part devil, part angel but all too human, Maradona was blessed with extraordinary vision, unparalleled dribbling skills and an operatic sense of the dramatic.   Maradona is an athlete that transcended sport.  His career was a rags-to-riches rise-and-fall and a symbol of nationalism in Argentina and even in Italy where his professional team in Naples became synonymous with regional southern Italian pride.   And, in the space of one World Cup game, Argentina’s quarter-final against England, in 1986 , he scored two of the most iconic goals in the history of soccer – they both were “epic,” for different  reasons – we’ll discuss  why in today’s show.  You don’t have to be a soccer fan or even sports fan to appreciate the Odyssey and grand narrative of Maradona.   Sam Blair’s ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, Maradona ’86 is one of many about Maradona.  Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow is a beautifully written book about the world of soccer in its many dimensions and perspectives.

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