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Stateside: Trump’s NCAA ask; presidential racism; thawing of the Great Lakes; nursing homes report

As conferences cancel seasons and President Donald Trump urges the Big Ten commissioner to find a way for teams to play, sports have taken on a new political role amid a pandemic and an election year.

Today on Stateside, President Donald Trump placed a phone call to the Big Ten commissioner to discuss what might expedite the start of the season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A Sports Illustrated writer weighs in on the politicization of sports in 2020. Also, how U.S. presidents’ historical treatment of Black Americans informs the present moment. Plus, the thawing of the Great Lakes, as seen through the lens of a National Geographic photojournalist.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

The year sports and politics collided: Big Ten football, the NBA, and more

Stateside's conversation with Michael Rosenberg

  • Michael Rosenberg is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated.

From Washington to Trump, political calculations have always guided conversations about race

Stateside’s conversation with Stephen Jones

Michigan photojournalist captures the thawing of the Great Lakes

Stateside’s conversation with Amy Sacka

  • Amy Sacka is a documentary photographer based in Detroit.

Nursing home task force submits its recommendations to Gov. Whitmer

Stateside’s conversation with Will Callan

  • Will Callan is a reporter for Michigan Radio.
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