IWFFA Radio – April 21 Show

19 Apr

Hosted by: Diane Beruldsen, Nance Wernes & Tamalam Walker

Topics of Discussion for our show:
A new documentary that has just come out
“NOT JUST A GAME” – Power, Politics & American Sports – by Dave Zirin
  • Sports and Politics
  • Sports and Money
  • Sports and Commericialism
  • Sanitizing Sports
and some heros
Bille Jean King, Martina Navratoli, Jackie Robinson, Mohamed Ali, and others
Not Just a GamePower, Politics & American Sports – by Dave Zirin

We’ve been told again and again that sports and politics don’t mix, that games are just games and athletes should just “shut up and play.” But according to Nation magazine sports editor Dave Zirin, this notion is just flat-out wrong. In Not Just a Game, the powerful new documentary based on his bestselling book The People’s History of Sports in the United States, Zirin argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. In a fascinating tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture, Zirin first traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, then excavates a largely forgotten history of rebel athletes who stood up to power and fought for social justice beyond the field of play. The result is as deeply moving as it is exhilarating: nothing less than an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played.

click here to see their pilot for the documentary
(you can also purchase the movie)
  • or tell us in advance that you would like us to phone you directly during the show
  • and we will put you on air
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