How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down?
Dave Zirin Conversation with Rose Aguilar
Join the host of KALW's Your Call, Rose Aguilar, for a special on-stage discussion with noted author Dave Zirin. This is Zirin's only San Francisco appearance on this tour, organized by the Center for Political Education and Solespace.
Dave Zirin is an award-winning author and cultural critic who challenges readers to examine the intersections of sports and politics. From the NHL's recent efforts to reach out to gay hockey players to baseball's recent commemoration of Jackie Robinson, to the to the Boston Marathon bombing, Zirin helps us decode the political messages embedded in sports.
He will discuss his most recent book, "Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down" (The New Press), which USA Today's Christine Brennan called "the perfect book for our time in sports."
Zirin is co-author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated "The John Carlos Story" (Haymarket Books, September 2011). In 2010, Zirin published "Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love" (Scribner). Zirin writes regularly for The Nation, where he is sports editor, and his writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated.com and The Progressive.
Previously, he scribed "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports," with a foreword by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and "A People’s History of Sports in the United States," which forms part of Howard Zinn’s People’s History series for The New Press.
Since 2006, Rose Aguilar has hosted Your Call, a daily public affairs radio show on San Francisco NPR-affiliate KALW 91.7. She is the author of "Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland", which documented a six-month road trip she took to interview people about issues and voting tendencies in the so-called "red states". She is also a contributor to the book "Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland."
In addition, Aguilar has written for AlterNet and Truthout, and offers political analysis for the BBC. Among many civic commitments, Aguilar is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, San Francisco Women on the Web and the Journalism and Women Symposium.