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  • While the rest of the media are busy reporting about the grand athletic accomplishments, the vast logistical problems and, of course, the heat and Southern hospitality of the Atlanta Olympics. Here we lend a critical eye and an analytical voice to this international spectacle, an event that’s as much about nationalism, symbolism, and image as it is about athletic competition.
    Jul 23, 1996 | Story
  • The U.S. Holocaust Museum has just opened an exhibit about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, when Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler used the international sporting event to aggrandize his racist regime, with the full cooperation of Olympic officials from the U.S. Last week, a group of athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympics spoke at the museum. Their stories have become legend to some, but are mostly unknown to younger generations.
    Jul 23, 1996 | Story
  • 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 publishers
    Addison and Wesley for putting out the book,...

    Feb 27, 1997 | Story
  • Karla Bell is an environmental consultant and a former Greenpeace activist. Among other things, she developed the environmental guidelines for the Sydney Olympic games which will take place in the year 2000. Most recently, she has been working with the Stockholm 2004 Olympic bid committee which they just lost to Athens. As President Clinton seeks fast track authority with which to push international trade agreements, Ms. Bell explains how such...
    Sep 30, 1997 | Story
  • Discerning watchers of the Olympics may have seen CBS reporters sportingthe Nike "swoosh" logo on their jackets. This evidence of the cozyrelationship between news networks and their corporate sponsors is thesubject of an in-house controversy at CBS.
    Feb 17, 1998 | Story
  • On Tuesday, Multinational shoe and apparel maker NIKE announced that it was reducing payments to the National Basketball Association and was withholding payments to teams and players due to the prolonged NBA work lockout. The Beaverton, Oregon-based company said the move was part of a contingency plan to deal with the NBA’s six-month labor dispute, which they claim has hurt demand for Nike products. What they failed to point out in their...
    Dec 24, 1998 | Story
  • The Connecticut Attorney General’s office is investigating if the NBA used its influence to undermine the American Basketball League the women’s basketball league.
    Jan 14, 1999 | Story
  • The president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, is facing increasing pressure to resign in the wake of the Olympic bid corruption scandal that has already led to the resignation of several IOC members. Samaranch is being criticized for creating a climate within the committee that fostered corruption, and for not pursuing a full investigation of how committee members were offered lavish gifts, cash and other enticements...
    Feb 12, 1999 | Story
  • Today we are going to take a look at the career and past of a powerful man named Juan Antonio Samaranch.
    Dec 20, 1999 | Story
  • Just a few hours ago, Australian Olympic sprinter Cathy Freeman, lit the cauldron that signifies the beginning the 2000 Olympic summer games in Sydney. Cathy Freeman is an Aboriginal athlete who became a household name after she wrapped herself in the Aboriginal flag rather than the Australian flag when she did her lap of honor at the 1994 Canadian Commonwealth games. A few months ago Freeman told a British newspaper that the Australian government...
    Sep 15, 2000 | Story