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  • One week into the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Americans are tuning-in in surprisingly low numbers. Many criticize that there is too much soft coverage of the host city–Australian blondes playing volleyball on pristine beaches and restored harbors, and not enough coverage of the Games themselves.
    Sep 22, 2000 | 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...
    Sep 15, 2000 | Story
  • As the 2000 Summer Olympics opened in Sydney a few hours ago, the world watched a spectacular show of lights, music and dance telling the story of Australia’s history. Or one version of it anyway. Sydney put on its best multicultural face by using traditional Aboriginal myth and music as well as brightly costumed migrant communities to color the opening ceremony. And while the corporate sponsored gala was taking place, indigenous people,...
    Sep 15, 2000 | 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
  • 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...
    Feb 12, 1999 | 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...

    Feb 27, 1997 | Story