Episode 147, with guests Kathleen Behrens, David Cornwell and Sam Marchiano

Kathleen Behrens, David Cornwell and Sam Marchiano are our guests this week.
With guest host Steve Silverman
Show produced by Katherine Caperton.
Original Air Date: April 19, 2014 on SiriusXM “POTUS” Channel 124.
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More often than ever these days, societal issues play out at the convergence of sports and politics.  By virtue of the popularity of sports, athletes, teams and leagues often stand at the forefront of some of society’s greatest challenges. Sometimes, as in the case of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson, a bold statement by a sports franchise changes the course of history. Other times sports may be late to the party, as in the welcoming of athletes from the LGBT community. Whether from the front, middle or back of the pack, sports has an extraordinary ability to impact our society. How athletes, teams and leagues engage on these issues effects communities and people around the world, while also impacting their own brands.

Today on Polioptics, we delve into these issues with three experts in the field: prominent sports attorney Wm. David Cornwell Sr., a partner in the Atlanta office of Gordon & Rees; Kathy Behrens Executive Vice President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs for the National Basketball Association, a former advisor to Governor Mario Cuomo of New York; and Sam Marchiano, a former sports reporter and currently the Director of Outreach for AthleteAlly.

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Episode 146, with guests Carter Eskew and Harvey Kaye

Carter Eskew and Harvey Kaye are our guests this week.
Show produced by Katherine Caperton.
Original Air Date: April 12, 2014 on SiriusXM “POTUS” Channel 124.
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Carter Eskew is our first guest this week. Carter is a founding partner and managing director of the Glover Park Group and an opinion contributor to the Washington Post.

At the bottom of the hour, we’re joined by Harvey Kaye, the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Social Justice at the University of Wisconsin — Green Bay. Harvey is the author, most recently, of The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great.

Episode 145, with guest Todd Purdum

Todd Purdum is our guest this week.
Show produced by Katherine Caperton.
Original Air Date: April 5, 2014 on SiriusXM “POTUS” Channel 124.
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This week: An Idea Whose Time Has Come.

I had the pleasure recently of seeing “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston in “All The Way,” the Broadway play about Lyndon Johnson’s tumultuous first full year year in offce, 1964, when the shadow of JFK’s assassination hung over the country and the Civil Rights struggle burned toward the approaching freedom summer. Cranston’s anguish as LBJ flew from the stage as we watched him dealing with Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover and reluctant members of Congress grudgingly moving toward passage of Kennedy’s Civil Rights legislation, known on Capitol Hill as HR 7152

The real inside story of the fight to, as Johnson said, “write it in the books of law,” is the subject of a new book – An Idea Whose Time Has Come – on shelves April 1 by my old friend Todd Purdum, published by Henry Holt.

Todd is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and a senior writer for POLITICO, but we go way back, to when he was White House correspondent for the New York Times, where he spent twenty years.

Episode 144, with guests Matt Canter and Kirsten Powers, with guest host Matt Bennett