Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: A Beautiful Mind

Jan 13, 2016, 09:00 PM

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the consummate renaissance man of basketball. The all-time leading scorer in NBA history is also an author, historian, and now, a cultural commentator on the most hot-button political topics of the day. Dave Zirin traveled across the country and spoke with Kareem for the full hour, discussing his deep history of activism, scholarship and steadfast self-discovery. We’ll be releasing video of this interview at TheNation.com in the coming weeks.3:28 article: “These Terrorist Attacks Are Not About Religion”5:52 Trump on Muslims6:50 Are you a Bernie Sanders supporter?8:03 Kareem in Brazil9:40 The Obama era10:30 article: “This is the difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders”11:16 article: “The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race“15:20 Ever been pulled over “driving while black?”16:24 Assassination of Malcolm X17:10 Choice of UCLA20:41 The Ali Summit23:12 1968 Olympics, reason for sitting?23:58 Sports in society24:18 Jackie Robinson25:28 John Lewis26:55 Missouri football29:17 Sports in the black community30:10 NCAA reforms30:44 article, “College Athletes of the World, Unite”31:14 Bruce Lee34:10 book: “Mycroft Holmes” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar36:02 Robert B. Parker37:14 Gil-Scott Heron42:00 Bobby Hutcherson43:00 Yoga44:05 Younger generation of activists44:46 Did Murdock have the fish?45:23 Joe Louis & Lana Turner46:09 Message to your younger selfLinks to Kareem: kareemabduljabbar.com | twitter.com/kaj33 | hbo.com/kareemLinks to Dave: edgeofsportspodcast.com | twitter.com/edgeofsports | fb.com/edgeofsports | email: edgeofsports@slate.com—This episode of Edge of Sports is brought to you by Harry’s Razors. Save half the price on name brand blades with Harry’s factory-direct prices and a money-back guarantee. When you use the code EDGE at Harrys.com, you save $5 off your $15 starter set AND you’re supporting this program.—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.