Hosted By Dave Zirin - Sports Editor at the Nation
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: A Beautiful Mind

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the consummate basketball renaissance man. The all-time leading scorer in NBA history is also an author, historian, and now cultural commentator on the most hot-button political topics of the day. Here, Dave Zirin sits with Kareem for the full hour to discuss his deep history of activism, scholarship and steadfast self-discovery. We’ll be releasing video of this interview at in the coming weeks.

3:28 “These Terrorist Attacks Are Not About Religion”
5:52 Trump on Muslims
6:50 Are you a Bernie Sanders supporter?
8:03 Kareem in Brazil
9:40 The Obama era
10:30 “This is the difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders”
11:16 “The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race“
15:20 Ever been pulled over “driving while black?”
16:24 Assassination of Malcolm X
17:10 Choice of UCLA
20:41 The Ali Summit
23:12 1968 Olympics, reason for sitting?
23:58 Sports in society
24:18 Jackie Robinson
25:28 John Lewis
26:55 Missouri football
29:17 Sports in the black community
30:10 NCAA reforms
30:44 “College Athletes of the World, Unite”
31:14 Bruce Lee
34:10 “Mycroft Holmes” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
36:02 Robert B. Parker
37:14 Gil-Scott Heron
42:00 Bobby Hutcherson
43:00 Yoga
44:05 Younger generation of activists
44:46 Did Murdock have the fish?
45:23 Joe Louis & Lana Turner
46:09 Message to your younger self

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Music: Bobby Hutcherson (Goin’ Down South, Black Heroes) | Gil-Scott Heron (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Who’ll Pay Reparations On My Soul?, Late Last Night) | Ibrahim Maalouf (Alf Leila Wa Leila - Introduction)

Special thanks: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Deborah Morales, Audy & Janice. Thirsty Tiger TV: Valerie Chow, Angie, Alessandro, Wayne, Scott & Tim. Panoply: Brendan & Andy. The Nation: Frank Reynolds. Produced by Dan Bloom.