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

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

The confluence of sport and politics on the world stage in the  XIX Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, 1968

Friday, September 8,  2017 at 1:00  PM   

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Join Danielle and Doc – Next year will be the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic images in the history of sport and politics – the photograph of United States sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos and their black-gloved raised fists on the medal stand during the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City in support of the Olympic Project for Human Rights and in protest of the injustices and poverty in the American black community .  Mexico was the first Latin American and Spanish-speaking country to host the Olympics, and the government was eager to use the Mexico City games as a way projecting the image of a modern and progressive country.  But a week before the games, student protests about economic and political injustice in Mexico took a violent turn in what is now known and commemorated as the Tlatlelolco massacre where a still undetermined number of students (some estimates are from 300-400) were killed by government troops and more than a thousand arrested.  Today we’ll look back at those turbulent times that are strangely similar to recent political events in both Mexico and the United States.
200 meter dash victory stand:  gold-medalist, USA, Tommie Smith (center), bronze medalist, USA, John Carlos (right),  silver-medalist, Australia, Peter Norman (left).   Norman also supported Smith and Carlos and the Olympic Project for Human Rights but was ostracized for his political stance upon his return to Australia, much like Smith and Carlos were in the USA.  Smith and Carlos carried Norman’s coffin at his funeral in 2006.
Student protests in Mexico City and the Tlatlelolco massacre prior  to the opening of the 1968 Olympic Games.

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

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  The Roman Colosseum and the staging of mass public spectacle.

Friday, June 16,  2017 at 1:00  PM   

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Today we’ll be taking a small departure from our normal themes and discuss part of Doc’s recent trip to Italy, Italian anecdotes, and in particular, his tour of the famous Roman Colosseum, site of some of the most brutal and spectacular events in our history. 

 
We’ll discuss the famous line “bread and circuses”  that was written to describe how the citizenry was diverted from its “civic” responsibilities by the bloody spectacles put on with great efficiency and planning by the Roman emperors.  The Colosseum itself, given that it was  built almost two thousand years ago was a masterpiece in terms of its design  and function (Circus Maximus, the venue of chariot races could reportedly hold 150, 000 spectators is now occupied by a public park).  Great stadiums are now commonplace in the United States and the world, but the Roman Colosseum was and has been the standard for two millennia.  
 
The United States has eight of the ten largest (capacity) stadiums in the world – all college football stadiums. Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca has the largest (capacity) stadium in the Americas and Caribbean exclusive of the United States – and the site of some great historical sporting/political events.   The largest capacity stadium in the world currently?  Well, that might surprise you.  Listen in for a unique show on Friday!
 Roman Colosseum, completed CE 80, capacity approx. 60,000 – 85,000

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

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

Friday, April 7  2017 at 1:00  PM   

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Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on a review of last months World Baseball Classic.

The once-every-four-years World Baseball Classic last month was notable for its ever- increasing fan attendance, highest ever television ratings and participation by 16 international teams from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the United States.   But perhaps the the most outstanding feature of this year’s classic wasn’t just the quality of play, but the celebratory and infectious revelry of the spectators and fans.  Commentators and sportswriters from the United States all commented on the great infusion of national pride and energy from the Latin American and Caribbean countries in particular  – as did major league players from the United States who were  inspired and proud to be a part of the international Tournament.

 

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

 Friday, October 16,  2015 at 1:00  PM  –  Lucha Libre

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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.

Tales of Masked Men

To conclude Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ll speak about Lucha Libre – an athletic, ritualistic, folkloric, and theatrical performance art that developed into one of the most popular forms of mass live entertainment in Mexico and was the subject of a fascinating and surprisingly culturally complex anthropological study and documentary film.

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

 Friday, Sept. 4,  2015 at 1:00  PM  –  Pancho Gonzales:  Tennis

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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.

26 Jun 1969, London, England, UK --- Original caption: Wimbledon, England: Pancho Gonzales of the U.S. in action during his Wimbledon tennis open match against Ove Bengsson of Sweden. He won this Men's Singles event, 6-4, 6-3 and 6-3. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

This month, we’ll speak about one of the greats in American sport history- and America’s first minority champion in the world of tennis, Ricardo “Pancho” Gonzales from Los Angeles, California,  Though often forgotten in the age of today’s media coverage of superstar tennis players like Serena Williams and Roger Federer,  Gonzales was  big, strong, smart, fast, athletic- and both feared and admired by peers.  The self-taught Gonzales, who died 1995, dominated the game in the 1950’s and played through-out the 60’s in the wooden-racquet era.  Though a complicated and difficult personality, his peers often remarked that no-one in the game had a competitive fire like Gonzales.

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

 Friday, August 7,  2015 at 1:00  PM  –  

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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 feature is an outgrowth of Doc’s 14-part series on Latino athletes and sport.

 

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