Bob Lipsyte: Writing Black Superman’s Obituary

Jun 09, 2016, 05:04 AM

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/1sUHBHjLipsyte articles in the Times: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/l/robert_lipsyte/index.htmlKavitha Davidson: http://twitter.com/kavithadavidsonKavitha Davidson articles in Bloomberg View: http://www.bloomberg.com/view/contributors/ARmrUVik0io/kavitha-a-davidsonMuhammad Ali, Black Superman: https://youtu.be/cq04qeVMCQE—http://edgeofsportspodcast.com | http://twitter.com/edgeofsports | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod | email us: edgeofsports@slate.com