Episode #198: Are You Ready For Some Political Football?

As the Trump-instigated national debate over patriotism and the NFL continues, Dave Zirin of The Nation reminds us that the confluence of politics and sports has been with us for a very long time.

Brian Lyman of the Montgomery Advertiser reports on Tuesday’s Republican primary in Alabama, where interim Sen. Luther Strange, despite backing from President Trump, was defeated by Roy Moore, the controversial former chief justice of the state Supreme Court.  Moore now goes into the December general election against Democrat Doug Jones in a state where a Democrat hasn’t won a Senate race since 1992.

David Litt, a former speechwriter (and comedy writer) for President Obama and author of a new book, Thanks Obama, My Hopey, Changey White House Years, shares his experiences of inside the White House.

And Ted Van Dyk, a former senior adviser to Hubert Humphrey, takes us back 49 years to Humphrey’s dramatic speech in Salt Lake City, wherein a break from President Lyndon Johnson’s war policy, he announced he would stop the bombing over North Vietnam if it would lead to peace.

Photo via Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Music used in this podcast:

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals

You Can’t Sit Down by The Dovells 

God Knows I’m Good by David Bowie 

I Started A Joke the Bee Gees

Barbara Ann by The Beach Boys

The Unknown Soldier by The Doors

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