The rite of football / Dr. William Arens ; interviewed by Barbara Londin.

Program Title:
The rite of football / Dr. William Arens ; interviewed by Barbara Londin.
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State University of New York Stony Brook Professor Dr. William Arens talks about his "Natural History" magazine article called "The Rite of Football," an anthropological piece in which U.S. football and its followers are seen to share characteristics with primitive religions: violence, sexual exhibitionism, submersion of the individual to the mob. He describes the professional player as a giant corporation and how the game's aggressive tactics reflect our age of super-weapons and militarism. Interview by Barbara Londin. Program later called "The Worship of Football."

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ca. December 18, 1975
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WBAI, December 18, 1975
Item duration: 
l reel (41 min.) : 7 1/2 ips, mono.|41:00
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Los Angeles : Pacifica Radio Archive, 1975.
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