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Bob Lipsyte on Writing Black Superman’s Obit & Kavitha Davidson

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Only one man who could write the New York Times obituary of Muhammad Ali. Bob Lipsyte covered Ali for 52 years and continues our special week of coverage for The Champ. Then, writer and commentator Kavitha Davidson speaks about Ali’s cultural impact and examines the possible link between two degenerative brain diseases: Parkinson’s, which plagued Ali, and CTE, which is detected in the brains of more and more football players. Our closing song today is by Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band, “Black Superman, Muhammad Ali.”

Lipsyte: Muhammad Ali Dies at 74: Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century http://nyti.ms/1sUHBHj
Lipsyte articles in the Times: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/l/robert_lipsyte/index.html
Kavitha Davidson: http://twitter.com/kavithadavidson
Kavitha Davidson articles in Bloomberg View: http://www.bloomberg.com/view/contributors/ARmrUVik0io/kavitha-a-davidson
Muhammad Ali, Black Superman: https://youtu.be/cq04qeVMCQE

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Robert Lipsyte Suffers No Fools, Takes No Prisoners

Today’s guest hold the informal title of “greatest living sportswriter”, Robert Lipsyte. Lipsyte distinguished himself with multiple stints at the New York Times, covering Muhammad Ali when he was still known as Cassius Clay. He is also noted for his recent tenure as an unflinching Ombudsman at ESPN. The author of celebrated books such as “SportsWorld: An American Dreamland” and his memoir “An Accidental Sportswriter,” Lipsyte offers Dave Zirin unvarnished opinions on the likes of Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Bill Simmons and ‘Grantland,’ Derek Jeter and ‘The Player’s Tribune,’ the delays besetting ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated,’ Donald Trump, and his most indelible memory in sports: helping a Nigerian boxer named Dick Tiger mail his medal back to the Queen of England in protest.

“Superbowling” by Robert Lipsyte, New York Times (January 18, 1969) nyti.ms/264VMcl
Robert Lipsyte New York Times archive nyti.ms/23AhWVg
Robert Lipsyte website robertlipsyte.com
Robert Lipsyte in The Nation thenation.com/authors/robert-lipsyte/
Robert Lipsyte’s current column, ‘Codger’ shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com/author…psyte/

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