Liberty, Justice, and Ball is a podcast on the intersection of basketball and social justice. It was created in October 2019 by Springfield College Communications/Sports Journalism major Kris Rhim (’21) and Professor of Communications Marty Dobrow.
Rhim and Dobrow represent significant diversity in their own connection: student and professor, different generations, black and white, a guy named Kristian and a guy who is Jewish. But they share a passion for hoops and civil rights, and they have formed a great partnership.
In this week’s 16th episode, Rhim and Dobrow interviewed Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. Lieberman has been one of the true pioneers of women’s basketball. She played on the first U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team as a teenager in 1976. She later played in the WNBA, and with and against men as a member of the Springfield Fame in the short-lived United States Basketball League. She has coached both women and men at the highest levels in the WNBA and the NBA.
Other episodes of Liberty, Justice, and Ball have included interviews with:
- David Stern, the late commissioner of the NBA
- Famed journalists Jackie MacMullan, Bob Ryan, and Alexander Wolff
- Authors Gary Pomerantz, Matthew Goodman, Andrew Maraniss, and Ron Thomas
- NBA Hall of Famer Vlade Divac
- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, all-time leading scorer in Massachusetts high school basketball history and crusader for inclusion
- Wheelchair basketball legend Ryan Martin
- Springfield College women’s basketball coach Naomi Graves
You can listen to Liberty, Justice, and Ball on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud, or by checking out the website, www.libertyjusticeandball.com.