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Goodbye, Champ: A Final Tribute to Muhammad Ali with John Carlos, Bill Siegel, Bijan C. Bayne


Our final tribute to Muhammad Ali features Bill Siegel, director of ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali,’ as well as cultural commentator and author Bijan C. Bayne, and finally one icon says goodbye to another as we hear from 1968 Olympic hero, Dr. John Carlos.

Hear our entire series of Ali tributes at . Thank you to all the guests who participated and to the city of Louisville for hosting such a touching tribute.

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Dr. John Carlos: | The John Carlos Story
The Sports Moment That Changed the World

Music by Yusef Lateef “Like It Is” & “Love Theme from Spartacus"

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Muhammad Ali’s Funeral: Live From Louisville


Today we bring you the emotions, sounds, and voices of Muhammad Ali’s funeral in Louisville. This was a day that will go down in history as the last act of resistance by the 20th century’s most iconic fighter. People came to pay respects from near and far, both young and old, in every shade of color, media professionals and everyday folks alike…all bound together by a love for our hero: Ali. This show is dedicated to our LBGT - and specifically Latino LGBT - brothers and sisters who were killed in Orlando the very day after Ali’s funeral. We address this horrific juxtaposition with a statement against anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim bigotry.

Column: ‘Sleep Easy, My Brother’
Column: ‘The Orlando Killings and the Message of Muhammad Ali’s Funeral’
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Ali’s Muslim Janazah memorial:
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Special thanks: The Ali Center, The Nation, Panoply, Andy Bowers, Democracy Now, Amy Goodman, Dalia Mogahed and her family, Howard Bryant, the staff of Broadway Digital, WBAI, Mike Pesca, Mary Wilson, the MSNBC crew in Louisville, Craig Melvin, Brian Williams, Dr. Harry Edwards, Jim Embry, Dedrick Rashad Hough, and Julius Denson II.

Music: (Louisville’s own) Jerry Tolson — March Of The Contradi | Yusef Lateef - Love Theme From Spartacus

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Muhammad Ali’s Politics of Faith with Shireen Ahmed & Tariq Toure


All week we are releasing interviews about the remarkable and singular legacy of The Champ, Muhammad Ali. Today we have Canadian sports journalist and social justice activist Shireen Ahmed, then Baltimore poet and founder of #NoJusticeNoLeBron, Tariq Toure. They speak about the Ali’s support of the Palestinian liberation and what it has meant to them to share the faith of the King of the World.

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


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
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Chuck D Honors Ali: “He Grabbed the Mic and He Rhymed.”


The world shook last week as the greatest sports figure of the 20th Century, Muhammad Ali, passed away. Today begins a week of special podcasts devoted to The Champ, which will end with a trip to Louisville for Ali’s memorial. We originally booked today’s guest, Chuck D, to talk about his new supergroup ‘Prophets of Rage,’ which also features B-Real from Cypress Hill and members of Rage Against The Machine. Today, Chuck talks about this rebellious musical project, their summer tour that starts July 19th in Cleveland, and offers his insights into Ali’s indelible legacy. Then, ‘Choice Words’ from Dave’s latest column for The Nation.

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Zirin: ‘I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The Radical Reverberations of Muhammad Ali

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Music: Public Enemy (Terrorbeat, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, Welcome to the Terrordome) | Miles Davis (Ali)

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