Shows featuring Dave Zirin

  • Part 2: John Carlos, 1968 U.S. Olympic Medalist, On the Response to His Iconic Black Power Salute

    In part two of our interview with 1968 Olympic medalist and international civil rights icon, John Carlos, he talks about the shocked response of the audience in the stadium when he raised his fist in the now iconic Black Power salute, and much more. [includes rush transcript]
    October 12, 2011 | Blog Post
  • John Carlos, 1968 Olympic U.S. Medalist, on the Revolutionary Sports Moment that Changed the World Splash_image20111013-7352-1yefwdr-0
    Almost half a century after his famous raised-fist salute at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, John Carlos has authored a new memoir with sportswriter Dave Zirin, "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World." Olympic medal winners in the 200 meter race, John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised...
    October 12, 2011 | Story
  • Civil Rights Pioneer, Olympic Medalist John Carlos & Sportswriter Dave Zirin at Occupy Wall Street Splash_image20111011-14782-1mty43a-0
    In 1968, Olympic medal winner John Carlos became an international icon when he and Tommie Smith raised their fists in the Black Power salute during the national anthem at the Olympic prize ceremony as a protest against racism in the United States. The photo of the men has become one of the most iconic images of our time....
    October 11, 2011 | Story
  • Dave Zirin on NFL Players’ "Remarkable" Labor Victory and How the Bank Bailout Slam-Dunked the NBA Segment3_ziren
    Professional football is back in action after the resolution of a labor standoff that brought the National Football League to a halt for 18 weeks. The NFL players’ union has voted to unanimously approve an agreement with team owners that makes several changes to promote player health and safety, including limiting of...
    July 27, 2011 | Story
  • Dave Zirin on "Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love" Bad-sports-zirin
    The world of professional sports is certainly not immune to the heated debates over Arizona’s anti-immigration legislation and the growing calls for a nationwide boycott of Arizona. In New York, a rally is planned tonight outside Citi Field in Queens, where baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks will play the New York...
    July 30, 2010 | Story
  • From Basketball to Baseball, Professional Athletes Speak Out in Opposition to AZ Immigration Law Lossuns
    Opposition to Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law has extended into the world of sports. Over the past week, numerous professional athletes have publicly criticized the law and even threatened to boycott games in Arizona. We speak with sportswriter Dave Zirin. [includes rush transcript]
    May 06, 2010 | Story
  • Pro-Choice Advocates Criticize CBS for Accepting Anti-Abortion Super Bowl Ad Cecile-richards-democracynow
    With the Super Bowl just two days away, the game’s broadcaster CBS is coming under criticism for accepting an anti-abortion ad paid for by Focus on the Family. For years, CBS and other networks have rejected advocacy ads during the Super Bowl. We get reaction from Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood and sportswriter...
    February 05, 2010 | Story
  • Dave Zirin on Super Bowl Fever in New Orleans and the Militarization of Sport’s Biggest Spectacle Zirin-dn
    Sportswriter Dave Zirin, author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States, says the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl appearance — at least for the moment — is boosting spirits in New Orleans on a level unseen since Hurricane Katrina. Zirin also discusses pro athletes who have stood up for gay...
    February 05, 2010 | Story
  • Sportswriter Dave Zirin on Obama’s Olympic Error Chicago2016-web
    As President Obama lobbies the International Olympic Committee to choose Chicago for the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Dave Zirin looks at why Chicago may not want to be the host city. Zirin argues Olympic Games have economically hurt cities in the past. And he writes, "To greater or lesser degrees, the Olympics...
    October 02, 2009 | Story
  • Will Obama Presidency Ease Barriers to Politically Outspoken Black Athletes? Familydna_thomasweb
    Professional athletes, especially African American athletes, have long been rebuked for speaking out on political issues. Could the Obama presidency herald a change? We speak to sportswriter David Zirin, author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States. [includes rush transcript]
    November 10, 2008 | Story
  • "This is the Olympics the West Wanted"–Dave Zirin on US Corporations Entering China, Athletes Speaking Out and the Games from ’68 to Today Torchweb
    As the 2008 Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing, we speak with sportswriter Dave Zirin. "This is the Olympics the West wanted: games where the grandest prize is not a gold medal but a glittering entree to China’s seemingly endless army of potential consumers," writes Zirin. "This is the reason that George W. Bush will attend the opening ceremonies, the first U.S. President...
    August 08, 2008 | Story
  • Maryland State Police Spied on Peace, Anti-Death Penalty Groups Baltimoreimageweb
    The American Civil Liberties Union released documents Thursday showing that undercover officers from the Maryland State Police spied on peace groups and anti-death penalty protesters for over a year in 2005 and 2006. The police summaries and intelligence logs reveal that covert agents infiltrated groups like the antiwar Baltimore Pledge of Resistance, the Baltimore Coalition Against the Death...
    July 21, 2008 | Story
  • Baseball’s Hall of Shame: MLB Report Finds Widespread Steroid Use, Warns About Influence Pros Have on Young Athletes Mitchellmlbweb
    Thursday is being described by some as "one of the darkest days in baseball history," following the publication of an official Major League Baseball report on the widespread use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in the sport. Former Senator George Mitchell, who headed the twenty-month investigation, estimated hundreds of thousands of high school students currently use...
    December 14, 2007 | Story
  • Dave Zirin on "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports" David_zirin061207
    Zirin discusses how sports have become an "athletic-industrial complex," Pat Tillman, Hurricane Katrina, the legacy of Roberto Clemente, Mumia Abu-Jamal and his new book, "Welcome to the Terrordome."
    June 12, 2007 | Story
  • Sports Columnist Dave Zirin on Muhammad Ali’s Career and His Groundbreaking Political Involvement Zirinbk
    Sports columnist Dave Zirin has written a new account of the career and politics of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In his prime, Ali was an outspoken advocate of the Black Muslim movement and a critic of the Vietnam War. [includes rush transcript]
    April 09, 2007 | Story
  • National Cancer Institute Urges Mammograms
    The Federal government this past week officially recommended
    that beginning at age 40 women undergo an annual breast
    screening procedure known as a mammogram. Reversing its
    previous position, the National Cancer Institute joined with
    other large cancer groups saying that the screening of younger
    women can reduce the death rate from breast cancer.

    In 1997, more than 180,000 women will be...

    April 02, 1997 | Story
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal and His New Book
    Today, we air another commentary by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a
    journalist on Pennsylvania’s death row.

    In his new book, Death Blossoms, Mumia writes about being
    punished by Pennsylvania officials for publishing his first
    book, Live From Death Row. For those writings, he was put in the
    hole for engaging actively in a business or profession. On
    the outside, the Fraternal Order of Police denounced...

    February 27, 1997 | Story