Radio Appearance

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!



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Doc’s Sports Today and in the Day

“Zidane:  The Head-butt heard ’round the World” on ESPN Sports Radio 1340 AM, 7:55 AM, June 9 – June 13, 2014

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One of the true superstars in the world sport of soccer, Zinedine Zidane’s technical artistry carried France to its first World Cup in 1998; and almost again in 2006 until his red card due to a deliberate head-butt in overtime became a cultural phenomenon over-shadowing France’s eventual loss to Italy by penalty-kicks.

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Doc’s Sports Today and in the Day

“Brazil’s Philosopher King of Soccer” on ESPN Sports Radio 1340 AM, 7:55 AM, March 3 – March 7, 2014


A complex and multi-talented individual, Socrates held a medical degree, studied philosophy, wrote political commentary and led a movement in Brazil called Corinthian democracy where his club soccer team modeled democratic principles in a country with a history of authoritarian and anti-democratic rule. His approach to playing the game of soccer elevated it to an art-form – “joga bonito.” Many historians believe that the 1982 Brazilian team which Socrates captained epitomized the highest creative and aesthetic ideals in team sport.

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Doc’s Sports Today and in the Day

“Alexis Arguello” on ESPN Sports Radio 1340 AM, 7:55 AM, Jan. 13  – Jan. 17, 2014

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Nicaragua’s Alexis Arguello’s was one of boxing’s great and beloved warriors of the 1970’s and 1980’s.  A champion in the featherweight, jr. lightweight and lightweight divisions, he never lost a championship title defense.  But later in life, politics proved to be more treacherous and unpredictable than the fight game.

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Read Christian Giudice’s compelling blow-by-blow biography entitled “Beloved Warrior:  The Rise and Fall of Alexis Arguello at