What the Olympics Taught Us About Us

What the Olympics Taught Us About Us

By WNYC Studios

Notes from America

Monday, 9 August

If sports are a metaphor for life, what are they telling us about our society right now?


Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, and author of ten books on the politics of sports, joins Kai to talk about the “Pandemic Games,” the peril of chasing perfection, and just how much has changed since the 2020 summer of activism in big league sports.


Plus, the hard conversation so many of us are avoiding: Executive producer Veralyn Williams gets advice from WNYC’s health and science editor Nsikan Akpan on how to talk with loved ones who refuse the Covid vaccine.

Companion listening for this episode:

Serving Up Social Justice (09/14/2020)
Despite empty stands, athletes are making waves across the sports industry speaking out against anti-black violence. Many Americans support, but not everyone is a fan.
What Covid Revealed 
A curation of our episodes on the hard lessons of this pandemic -- and on the opportunities it offers for transforming our lives and our society.

“The United States of Anxiety” airs live on Sunday evenings at 6pm ET. The podcast episodes are lightly edited from our live broadcasts. To catch all the action, tune into the show on Sunday nights via the stream on WNYC.org/anxiety or tell your smart speakers to play WNYC.

We want to hear from you! Connect with us on Twitter @WNYC using the hashtag #USofAnxiety or email us at anxiety@wnyc.org.

-
-
Heart UK
Mute/Un-mute