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

 Friday, October 6,  2017 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Humboldt Magazine  Segment:  2017:  Puerto Rico, Sport and Identity

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

The recent events in Puerto Rico with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria has been a major news story with complex humanitarian and political overtones.  Puerto Ricans are American citizens, yet it has its own Olympic team and marches under the Puerto Rican flag.  United States citizens in Puerto Rico and citizens on the American mainland differ in their opinions as to whether Puerto Rico should be a state, an independent country, or remain in its status as a United States territory.  

 

And, as always, the intersection of sport and politics can be a fascinating illumination into many of these complex issues.

 

Puerto Rican players make up the fourth largest Latino group in Major League Baseball after the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Cuba. Puerto Rico has four players in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and there are five Puerto Ricans currently in the National Basketball Association (12 in its history). Puerto Rico’s defeat of the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games in basketball is considered one of the great upsets in the Olympic Games history and a source of great pride for Puerto Rico.  And, Puerto Rico produced some of boxing’s great champions.

 

We’ll talk about these issues today as well as the single finest example of an athlete who set the bar at the highest level in transcending sport – Puerto Rico’s Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente, who paid the ultimate price on behalf of the world community without borders almost a half a century ago.  

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

 Friday, March 3,  2017 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment:  2017

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

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With US -Mexico relations and border/immigration issues at a crisis point, there non-the-less exists the intertwining of huge financial interests on both sides of the border – exemplified in Mexico’s enormous fan interest in the National Football League (NFL).  The multi-billion dollar corporate entity, the NFL, is embroiled in it’s own existential crisis due to increasing demands to address concussion and brain injury lawsuits brought by former players as well as accusations of scientific cover-ups relating to the medical consequences of concussions, is seeking to expand television, radio and live-attendance markets outside the US with Mexico as a prime and willing market…a fascinating economic and political microcosm of our joint border economy in the wake of the current administration’s  complex and recently contentious relationship with Mexico.    

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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, 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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