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On today's show: sportswriter Dave Zirin addresses the intersections of politics and sports, and Susan Crawford on internet access as a public right; a feature by Chicago Indymedia's From the Trenches radio.
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Welcome to this week's edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's bi-weekly review of the news from the grassroots, news overlooked by the corporate media.
On today's show...
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And now for this week's feature stories.
Tonight, April 8th, the college basketball NCAA tournament concludes with the final game between University of Louisville and University of Michigan. As happens every March, a good portion of America is entranced by the drama of amateur student-athletes vying for the national title. But while coaches, university athletic departments, and TV networks make millions, the athletes themselves are prohibited from accepting gifts or any financial gain. Their big hope is for a shot at making it as a professional in the NBA. The NBA has no minor league system and drafts most of its players out of the NCAA, which consists mainly of publicly funded universities. But here Rustbelt Radio must confess that most of what we know about sports comes from an expert on the intersection of sports and politics, Nation Magazine sportswriter Dave Zirin. Zirin spoke in Pittsburgh this past February, and on this momentous day in sports we bring you an excerpt of his talk. Even though he doesn't actually address NCAA basketball, we think you'll enjoy his take on the growing movement against homophobia in sports, hero-worship of professional athletes, and the shock-doctrine capitalism of the International Olympic Committee and FIFA.
That was sportswriter Dave Zirin, speaking in Pittsburgh at an event organized by the International Socialist Organization. To read more from Zirin, who actually has been writing about the NCAA during the tournament, you can visit his blog at www.nation.org/blogs/dave-zirin#
You're listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's bi-weekly review of news from the grassroots.
We now bring you a feature produced by the Chicago Indymedia's monthly radio broadcast "From the Trenches". Media policy analyst Susan Crawford speaks on the history and future of internet access in America.
That was a feature produced by Chicago Indymedia's monthly radio program "From the Trenches". To hear archived programs, visit chicago.indymedia.org
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