51 minutes | Aug 24th 2016

Dave Zirin on Loving and Hating the Olympics

Today we're talking about sports! (And politics)Every four years, Americans pick a president. And every fours summers, the world’s nations send its most muscled and agile to compete in a display of artistry and athleticism. And on #politicallyreactive, we’re talking about both! Put your headphones on and get pumped because this episode has legs: Kamau and Hari zip through a recap of the Rio Olympics with The Nation’s sports editor Dave Zirin, talking about the political highlights (Ethiopian marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa’s symbol of protest and the triumph of Rio’s own Rafaela Silva in judo) to the worst (two words: Ryan Lochte). And of course because this is #politicallyreactive, we dig into the shadowiness of Olympic bids which if successful, tend to result in the displacement of poor communities while leaving the environment much worse off.Check out Dave Zirin’s podcast Edge of Sports from Panoply: http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/Check out Hari’s tour and pick up his new album Mainstream American Comic at www.harikondabolu.com. Find out where Kamau will be next and subscribe to his other great podcasts at www.wkamaubell.comAnd send us your Twitter comments and emails NOW! We’re answering your questions very soon: #politicallyreactive or politicallyreactive@firstlook.org

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