Amy is the best historian/cultural critic working today at the intersection of sports, race, and American culture. Check out her books:
Not the Triumph But the Struggle: 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete
In the Game: Race Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century
Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois
Did I also mention that she runs the research room for NBC's Olympic Coverage?
But today our conversation centered around the recent visit of the Pope.
- We talked about just how "surreal" it was for a Pope to be speaking in Congress in light of America's long history of anti-Catholicism
- We had some great callers from a few different political/religious perspectives.
- One of those callers was Dan Cohen, a close friend from graduate school who I do not get to see or talk to very much these days. It was great to hear his voice.
- Amy decided to ask me about Bernie Sanders's visit to Liberty University with about a minute left in the show. I think the last words I said had something to do with abortion.
If you have some free time on Tuesday mornings you need to live-stream Amy Bass's show on WVOX. She always has great guests and great conversation.