SPORTS AND SOCIETY
When you hear the word "globalization,"
you probably don't think of the sport of soccer. But Franklin Foer does.
He traveled around the globe to explore this connection, attending soccer
matches and interviewing his heroes. In this hour of To the Best of
Our Knowledge, Franklin Foer will tell us how soccer explains the
Franklin Foer is the author
of "How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization."
He tells Steve Paulson how soccer's international popularity leads to
exchanges of players and coaches among many countries and results in
team loyalties that transcend national boundaries.
Michael Mandelbaum is the
author of "The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball,
Football and Basketball and What They See When They Do." He talks
with Jim Fleming about the similarities between sports and warfare and
religion. And George Carlin compares baseball and football. Also,
Oscar Robertson is one of the all-time great basketball players.
His memoir is called "The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game."
Robertson talks with Steve Paulson about his constant struggle against
racism during his playing years.
Julian Rubinstein is the
author of "Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists,
Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and
Broken Hearts." The book tells the story of Attila Ambrus.
Rubinstein tells Anne Strainchamps about the man who escaped Romania
for Hungary and became the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe.
Cassette copies are available
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- Franklin Foer, How Soccer
Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization (HarperCollins)
- Michael Mandelbaum, The
Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball
and What They See When They Do (PublicAffairs)
- Oscar Robertson, The
Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game (Rodale Books)
- Julian Rubinstein , Ballad
of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian
Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts (Little,
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