In honor of the start of football season, I wanted to feature an interview with Michael Oriard. Michael is a writer, cultural historian of football, and former offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has written several books including King Football, Sporting with the Gods: The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature, and Brand NFL: Making and Selling America’s Favorite Sport. Earlier this year he published The Head in Football: The History of Concussions and the Future of the Sport. I first got in touch with Michael in 2012 after reading his piece in Slate about the death of Steve Sabol. Sabol was the creative force behind NFL Films and is responsible for a lot of the technical, visual, and narrative innovations that shape the way we watch football today.
Ben made long walks a part of his quarantine routine once conditions in New York City were safe enough for that activity. On one of those walks, he was faced with a split-second decision to abandon all the caution he’d previously practiced (and which he discussed in a previous episode of 1st… | watch
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Joyful Noise Recordings is an Indianapolis-based eclectic indie label begun in 2003 by Karl Hofstetter. In this episode, we'll hear a ton of great music from the label's releases, along with an interview with Karl where we cover the label's beginnings, the importance of physical art objects, and how… | listen
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